Have you ever tried to examine a stop motion film you found online frame by frame to see how it was animated? There's a great new resource for people just like you called WatchFramebyFrame. It's a web site where you can copy and paste a video URL and it gives you many different study options. You can change the frame rate that it plays, skip a certain number of frames and also the play back speed. Unfortunately for me the playback speed seemed to be a bit buggy but the main functions seemed to work just fine.
If you'd like to try it out, go to http://www.watchframebyframe.com/ (just click that link) and get started.
Justin Rasch who is an extremely talented animator who has worked on many different projects from personal to professional shares how he animated his clay warewolf. Take not of all the subtle movements he is able to get from just simple aluminum wire armatures. Many think it's not possible and that you need to spend a ton of money, but that just isn't the case.
Creature Comforts was one of the first animations to capitalize on the random opinions real people gave around simple questions. The genious behind it all was the fact that animators transferred those opinions into situations where the animals were themselves speaking. It makes for a very comedic twist, something Aardman Animations has honed to perfection. Will there be more Creature Comforts on the horizon for Aardman? Let's hope so!
This has to be one of the most exciting developments I've seen in the world of stop motion. You can now animate at 15fps and use AI to create automatic in-betweens like is done in traditional cel animation. The program called DAIN uses artificial intelligence to increase your frames up to 60 per second, giving ultra smooth motion to all your animation.
Now before you jump for joy, it will not create animation for you that looks better than your initial poses. So don't expect magic where you don't have to think about easing out an in, arcs, lines of motion, weight and a proper pose. However your animation will absolutely look smoother to the eye, and in some ways more immersive to the audience. At least in theory.
So what do you think? Do you feel 60fps takes the charm of stop motion away or adds another layer of realism? Or maybe you think it's best to have that surreal jittery look? Or maybe you feel this gives stop motion animators a new competative edge? Either way you can find this program over on the DAIN Patreon page by clicking here.
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