Part of the Experience Prototyping course, October 2010
Download the full course document and schedule: 2010.stopmotioncourse.pdf
In this 5-day workshop we will use various media to develop and communicate designed products, ideas and concepts. We will look at film-making, cinematography, animation techniques and other time-based techniques that allow designers to explore ideas that wouldn’t otherwise be possible through other prototyping or visualisation techniques. The workshop will be led by Timo Arnall (Oslo School of Architecture & Design) and Matt Cottam (Tellart).
The introduction of stop-motion to IxD students aims to refine their skills in creating and manipulating time-based media in order to communicate new concepts. It is also a great opportunity to temporarily break-free from pixels, screens, digital tools and interfaces. Clever use of simple objects, tools and techniques, often from the analog world, can expose new ways to see, understand and communicate IxD work.
(sent from Timo Friday evening)
This should create files suitable for Vimeo. Once your video file is ready, upload it to Gone Tomorrow under the Stop.Motion.finals.for.Vimeo folder. Also please upload all of your preliminary exercises in the Stop.Motion.exercises folder. Name your file sensibly, with your group members' names. I'll upload them directly to the UID Vimeo account.
The Five C’s of Cinematography by Joseph Mascelli
A basic but valuable introduction to cinematography, a sort of practical ABC of film grammar
The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler
A great in-depth introduction to stories and storytelling, structure and narrative
Making A Good Script Great by Linda Seger
A simple book for creating good scripts
The Technique of Film Editing by Karel Reisz/Gavin Millar
An old but still valuable book that places film editing at the centre of film craft, with lots of examples.
Animator’s Survival Kit by Richard Williams
Great overview of animation and animation techniques.
The Complete Animation Course by Chris Patmore
Very comprehensive introduction to animation process and techniques.
The Illusion of life, Disney Animation
A beautifully illustrated overview of Disney’s animation development and techniques
Understanding Comics by Scott Mccloud
Absolutely essential reading for any animator, designer, or communicator.
Stop Motion Craft for Model Animation by Susannah Shaw (2nd edition)