Animation 

 

In this stage of the pipeline, animators pose the characters to act out each scene. Joy’s body language and expressions convey her personality and emotions.

Animation is acting

What is an animation?

Animation is a series of images, each one slightly different from the next, shown in sequence. When they are shown fast enough, we stop seeing the individual images and instead see an illusion of motion. There are many ways to create the individual images including hand drawings and photographs of objects. Pixar makes their images with virtual 3D models and sets.

What does an animator do?

Animators bring the story to life, posing characters to act out each scene. They start by breaking down an action into a series of poses called key frames that mark out important positions. Then, they use a computer program to describe how the object moves in between those key frames so that the resulting animation conveys the desired emotions.

Pixar animators bring a story to life, posing characters to act out each scene, one frame at a time.

Pixar animators bring a story to life, posing characters to act out each scene, one frame at a time.

Videos and Activities

Pixar’s Animation Challenge

Animating with algorithms

Pixar’s Animation Challenge

Gini Santos

Character Animator

Gini Santos

Computer Animation Workstation

Animate Mike’s wave using curves

Create a short animation of Mike Wazowski waving. Select a transition curve and set the total number of frames.

Resources

Pixar in a Box

Follow the link for a lesson on Animation.

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