2D animation is likely what comes to mind when most people think about animation. Flash animation is more than just using Adobe Flash to create cartoons. It refers to a style that is likely the most common style of animation in existence, and Flash animators use all sorts of software besides Flash (or Animate, as it is now called) to create it.
Rotoscoping is an animation technique that has been around for 100 years. It's time consuming, but the results can be amazing...far more realistic and interesting than what could be achieved in any other way. Which is why people continue to use it.
The current cool medium for rotoscoping is music videos. Queens of the Stone Age and Incubus are just a couple of the bands that have released recent music videos featuring rotoscope animation.
The other valuable thing about rotoscoping is that the skills are transferrable to other forms of digital media production, like visual effects. Many composited effects need to use rotoscoping techniques to ensure realism when layering multiple media into a single frame.
The learning goals for this unit are: