Assignment 3: Colours of Shingle: Animating in Situ

Documentary It is a source of fierce academic debate whether terms such as ‘animated’ and ‘documentary’ can be joined together in any meaningful way. The word animation refers to ‘highly mediated and manipulated imagery’ and the word documentary suggests a ‘story based on facts’. In the unit Fact and Fiction the proposition was made that […]

E3.6 Fragments Walking: Document a process

Indexicality The word indexical refers to the existential bond between copy and reality. It is the phenomenon of a sign pointing to (or indexing) some object in the context in which it occurs. It has been defined in terms of the camera producing a “footprint” of the ‘profilmic event’ (reality). Whatever is placed before the […]

E3.5/3.7: Sparrowhawk Landing: Garbage Mattes, Basic Compositing and Keyframing

TASK: Exercise 3.5 Garbage Mattes and Basic Compositing Returning to one of the first exercises of this unit, the rotating chair, bring this into your editing software to use as the basis of a compositing exercise. Find a still image from the internet of an animal or object, or photograph your own.Bring this in to […]

E3.4: The Squirrel: Rotoscoping

TASK Find a short piece of found copyright free footage from video sites such as ( ) or use your own footage as the basis of a short rotoscoped animation. The duration of your sequence is up to you. Choose a rotoscoping technique you would like to try such as: using a projector, […]

E3.3: Edges in Time: Accumulation, destruction or trace

Visible Animators: Material Accumulation, Erosion and Trace “Great care is normally taken to hide the animation process and presence of the animator to avoid distracting from the continuity of the movement. In stop-frame, shots including the shadow of the animator are deleted and re-shot. When the audience notices the presence of the animator through, for […]

E3.2: Sparrowhawk: Gestures

TASK: Choose a simple gesture that you or another subject can perform. For example, a hand movement, pose, or facial expression. Represent the same gesture through static and moving media: for example a photograph or drawing, and moving image or a short animation.Compare the results. Are there different aspects of the gesture that you are […]

E3.1: Shadow Wall: Animation Light Study

All moving image involves different types of time: ‘narrative time’ – the amount of time that is spanned within the story or piece ‘discourse’ or ‘viewing time’ – the amount of time it takes to experience a story through reading or watching it unfold ‘production time’ – the time it took to produce the piece. […]