Stop-Motion Character Animation
In this assignment you will create a simple stop-motion animation of a moving character. For your character, use a doll or stuffed animal that's easily poseable; a clay model would also work well. You may even use an inanimate object, such as a table lamp, as long as you can animate it so that it looks like a character.
Your grade on this assignment will be based on two criteria: how believable the character's motion appears (remember that "animation" literally means "bring to life") and on the creativity of your work. See the course blog for examples from last semester of successful character animations.
In an earlier homework assignment you created a stop-motion animation of an inanimate falling object; if you're not happy with how you produced your earlier animation then re-read that assignment for alternative ways of creating stop-motion.
You may work together with one or more classmates to create a single animation for the team. Clearly indicate the work done by each person, for example if different persons animate different characters or different scenes. I expect more from a team effort; an animation created by a three person team should present three times as much work as a solo effort.
Finally, post your animation clip to your blog in an entry entitled "Stop-Motion Character Animation" and describe in a brief paragraph how you created your animation.
Here are some good examples from previous semesters:
* Choose an inanimate object that is suitable for stop-motion animation
* Plan your scene and the actions to be carried out by your character
* Photograph your character in a sequence of suitable poses
* Create a video clip with at least a dozen unique frames
* If you work in a team, clearly identify the work of each member of the team.
* Post your animation to your blog in an entry entitled "Character Animation".
* In your posting describe in one paragraph how you created your animation.
40 points (if late, 20 points); the top three animation clips in the class will receive a bonus of 40 extra points.
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