DIGI 260 - Lab 01 Home


Frame-by-frame Techniques
Frame Rate
Appreciation for Historical Practitioners!

  1. Create a 30-second animation using classic frame-by-frame animation techniques. The frame rate of your lab should be at least eight frames per second. (Yikes, that's at least 240 frames!) Don't worry about trying to tell a story with your lab; focus instead on creating interesting, believable motion in a short time period.
  2. You can use whatever medium you like: paper cut-outs, playdough, hand-drawing, digital sketches, photographs, etc. However, each frame of your work needs to be captured digitally. If your content isn't born digital, you'll have to take a picture for each frame. You could use the camera on your computer.
  3. Note the difference between stop-motion animation and a time-lapse sequence. In particular, time-lapse software such as the tools described here typically takes pictures at regular intervals, as opposed to precisely when you're ready for the shot! Time-lapse software is best for capturing things that are already moving - such as tides or clouds. Stop-motion is for bringing inanimate items to life! There are some short examples of this kind of stop-motion here.
  4. Organize your digital frames using a video editor, or Animate CC, or any other digital tool you can get your hands on. Here are some options:

Place copies of any required files (.fla, .swf, .gif, .mov, etc.) in a folder named with your first and last names, and the number of the lab. .zip this folder and upload it using the D2L page for the labs. Don't forget to have fun!

This lab is worth five marks. This lab is due at the beginning of next class.