Stop motion animation has a long history in the entertainment industry. It dates back to the very earliest forms of cinema, and influenced all forms of animation that exist today. And despite the push for 3D and other computer aided animation techniques, old-school stop-motion forms such as claymation and Lego animation continue to thrive. Aardman, Laika, and other studios are doing very well by specializing in this form of animation.
It is also important for learning animation. Because you have to make physical adjustments for every single shot, it forces you to think about the basics of animation, such as anatomy, deformation, force, and motion. It forces you to think about the FUNdamentals.
The results of stop-motion animation are very distinctive. You can have lots of fun playing with this art form.
The Learning Goals for this unit are:
Conceptual (what do you need to learn?)