Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Cinematics

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.

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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.

2 comments:

  1. Shouldn't it be cinematics? The praxinoscope sounds awesome though. Enjoying the blog.

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    1. You're right, of course. The praxinoscope is kind of fun, though it would be much more awesome to have an old antique one. Here's the new fangled variant that I purchased on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Toysmith-4M-Animation-Praxinoscope-3474/dp/B000P02HYC

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