Elementary Animation Week 3

We reviewed the first principle of animation, squash and stretch. For example how a bouncing ball changes shape throughout its journey, becoming more stretched out as it moves faster. The change, or lack of change in an objects shape can help show the audience what type of material the object of interest is made of or just help them understand it better overall. Squash and stretch seems important to me as it is key in showing expression on a face for example to communicate the emotions the character is feeling. Also on objects use of no squashing or stretching shows the object to be quite solid whereas using squash and stretching can make it become more like rubber.

The practical session consisted of us turning our flip book into a digital animation, i was already familiar with flash but i hadn’t used it properly in a couple of months so it was a good review for me.



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