|Everybody loves a good cartoon, but have you ever wondered how pictures come to life? Are you getting the feeling that there might be some science involved! 2D, 3D, stop-motion, motion capture, pixilation and computer games; there's a lot of technology that goes into today's animations. Join Dr Rob as he gets really animated and SCOPES out all the science behind animation.
Animation is not a new art form, it has been around for hundreds of years. Gav Stephenson an animator from the Queensland Academy of Creative Industries looks at the science of illusion and how it is all put together to make animation.
LAB BREAKDOWN: ACETATE
Acetate is used in clothes, surgical dressings and film, but how does it relate to animation? To the lab with Dr Rob as he breaks down all the science behind acetate.
Did you know that it takes a fifth of a second to blink and a third of a second to smile? Who would need to know that? Well an animator does! Glen Hunwick from Glen Art Productions uses this information when he creates stop motion animation.
The graceful movement of dancers or the more vigorous movements of sports stars can be mimicked to create animation. Dr Kim Vincs from the Deakin University Motion Lab guides us through the science of capturing human motion.
JUNIOR EXPERIMENT: THAUMATROPHE- Thaumatrophe
Animation is all about moving pictures but you don't need to be a great artist to be an animator. Nick Hasemann from the Double Helix Club shows us how to make a really cool device that is just the very beginning of making moving pictures.
Computer Games Animation
How are the virtual worlds of computer characters built and established? Eve Penford-Dennis from the Academy of Interactive Entertainment reveals how the computer game creation starts in the minds of game designers and ends with computer game play time!
Is it possible to bring a book to life? Brad Greenwood and Alicia Gleeson from Animalia show us that animation combined with a lot of creativity, energy, music, sound and pictures can bring Animalia to life.
So, don't forget to be drawn in next time with Dr Rob as he scopes out animation, proving once again that the ordinary really does become extraordinary, under the SCOPE!