Friday, 15 September 2017

In A Spin

Our young employees have made a fantastic start to the new term. Budding animators have begun studying for the NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Animation by creating zoetropes in order to better understand the secrets behind bringing still images to life. Guest contributor Tiannon tells us in her own words about the experience…

‘In my first lesson of studying Level 2 Animation, the activity I took part in today was learning how to make a Zoetrope. A Zoetrope means 'wheel of life'. When learning how to make a Zoetrope I had to plan the sequences using Keyframes which is points between which changes have occurred.’

‘Each sequence contained 12 frames. 1, 3, 6, 9 and 12 were our Keyframes. This made sure it played into a loop. Depending on what representation you used, for example if you used 2D, you would have to draw out an object onto the zoetrope net or you can use a cut out from paper, card or any other flat fabric.’

‘On the other hand if you used 3D you would have to find an object and take a picture of it. This is similar to a stop-motion animation. Once you had your cut outs or photos you would organise your zoetrope net and cut out all the cut lines. You would then cut and stick your cut outs or photos on to the zoetrope.  A zoetrope works by persistence of vision which means you’re seeing a lot of still images then your eyes stop seeing the joins in the images so it looks like the object is moving when it isn’t really.’ -Tiannon

Our new photography learners, including Jaydan (pictured right) have begun their NCFE Photography qualification by experimenting with different camera functions and working under controlled lighting conditions. Below are some early examples of their work. 

We look forward to seeing their final selection of 10 images when they complete the first unit of the Level 1 Award.

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