I grew up on animated Disney movies. Absolutely loved them. Whenever they showed the little behind the scenes clips and flipped through a few pages, I was always amazed by how much work went into hand drawn animation. Then came Toy Story and the beginning of computer cartoon animation. What’s been churned out by computer has been pretty incredible as well. Once I got into the MGD department, I had the opportunity (ok, it was required for my degree) to take a couple of Flash animation classes. There, I discovered that I have very little patience for animating. It’s just not my thing. My appreciation for the work that goes into animation has certainly increased though.
This semester, a bunch of my classmates happen to love creating 2D and/or 3D animations. The example at left is a screen shot from something that my classmate, Ben, created on his own time. He’s been doing a great job overseeing the animated work that’s going into the documentary and he’s also contributed a decent chunk of it.
When I was talking with each person about what they were planning on doing for their script assignments, animation ideas were pretty popular. These were explained, then roughed out on a storyboard before my classmates started on their digital work. Over the last few weeks, rough and final animations have materialized and it’s been amazing seeing what they’ve created.
Some have a hand drawn feel, while others look completely digital, which they are. Mind you, that doesn’t make them any less impressive! All of the animators have put an incredible amount of thought and detail into their work as they try to match the timing of the narration with their animations. I can’t wait to see all of them when they’re done!