EX5: Rotoscope Animation


In today’s lesson we learned about rotoscoping.

Rotoscoping is an animation technique used to trace over motion picture footage, frame by frame so the actions you are trying to create appear more fluid and realistic. This idea was patented by Max Fleischer in 1915, it was originally photographs from live action movies projected onto a glass panel and the subject was redrawn by the animator. The equipment used was referred to as a ‘rotoscope’ and that is how it got its name.

Some popular examples of rotoscoping in animation would be in Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and we can see it take place in this scene here when Snow White dances to the song.

Another popular example was directed by Fleischer himself, and although distasteful, we can see it clearly here as Betty Boop hula dances.

Making the Rotoscope:

We were put into the groups we animated our cut outs with and given an emotion to recreate with a camera, our team was given ‘Happiness’, and we got one of our team members to act out the emotion.
We asked the member to exaggerate how they were feeling, and we were left with footage of them bouncing around ecstatically.

We used Photoshop for this animation as its easier to use for this kind of task, I dragged the footage onto the timeline then added a new layer to draw each frame on.

To help add more to my rotoscope, I decided to animate the subject as if they were a cartoon character with a cup for a head, as it helps the exaggeration in the jumping as we can see the liquid fly out.

The character I made up for this animation.

Although the process was tiring, I felt pretty happy with the final result, even if it was messy and a few hiccups are noticeable.

This is the final result:



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