Today was a fun day in class -- I brought in a small Praxinoscope that I had purchased, and talked about how animations are made up of individual frames. I found a marvelous resource about the pre-history of cinema, which I highly recommend to everyone. Be sure not to miss the contributions of Leonardo Da Vinci, as well as all of the crazy contraptions of the 1800s (there's a Zoetrope and a Thaumatrope, as well as a Praxinoscope, you see...)
Then we whipped out the cameras, tripods, and modeling clay, to do some good old fashioned "claymation" in groups. I know at least one of the groups posted their claymation creation to their blog, and hopefully the others will as well.
In addition, I discussed how to create movies of 3D scenes using raytracing to take individual snapshots, and then compile them all together into a video. Here's an example video, ray-tracing an evolving scene from NetLogo's Flocking 3D Alternate model.
In case I haven't mentioned it recently, my strong affections for POV-Ray have not dimmed...
That's all for now, since we have to be off bright and early tomorrow for our museum field trip day.