All posts by Rachel Marie Salter

An introduction to stop motion animation.

Today we had a great day playing around with the iMotion app. The objective of the day was to create short films animating squares, triangles and circles.

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Lana, Ester and I created 3 short clips trying replacement, involving hands and using our surroundings.

Video 001. The aim of this video was to get from a black square, to a triangle, to a circle, and then back to the original black square.

Video 002. The aim of this video was to replace the shapes with food that was that shape and animate it so one shape/group of shapes defeated the others!

Video 003. This video was just to look at using our surroundings as a background and try different camera angles.

Time.

I have started experimenting with squares in relation to time; rhythm, order, motion and sequence.

Order.
This video was based on overlapping squares in order of size. I then tried slowly rotating it and it looks similar to an optical illusion which makes the eye think the image is spiralling.

Motion.
What happens when I add motion to my shape?

Rotating my shape at different speeds and scales:

I noticed the faster the rotation, the more circular the shape looks.

Rotating at different anchor points:

Even though the rotation is set the same, the change in anchor points affects how long it takes for the shape to rotate once due to the longer distance it has to travel.

Can I create meaning or portray a character by combining motion with colour or speech?


Using a rise and fall motion, with rotation to create the sun/star like shape and colour to imply a sunrise and sunset.


Using a colour that represents cold, a shiver like motion and text to imply a character or feeling – being cold.

Sequence.
I started looking at repeating a the square fast and in different ways to create patterns.

 

 

 

 

Shape.

For the first set of experiments for my unit 1.1 design literacy project, I have been looking at shape. Specifically looking at line, plane, mass and void.

Point to line to plane.
I first looked at how a square is constructed from point, to line, to plane. The square starts with a point, then forms into a line, then forms into a plane.

I then also experimented with the concept that a line is an infinite set of points. Below are some images of my experiments.

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Mass.
I then looked at mass and how to make a square without actually drawing the outline of the square. I tried using different media; first a stencil of a square and playing around with Sharpie’s, pencil crayons and fine liners.

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Then I looked at watercolours and inks, wet a square shape on the paper and experimented how the inks and paints will stay within the watered shape.

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Void. 
I used the same methods and techniques to experiment with void, however this time coloured the area outside the square so the negative space would create the square.

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MeMeMe

3 images to introduce myself and show a little bit about me.

Image 1: Where I’m from, where I studied and where I have worked.

Background info!
Background info!

Image 2: My interests, my reasons for choosing to study the Graphic Moving Image course and my objectives for the course.

Why I chose to do an MA.
Why I chose to do an MA.

Image 3: The last thing you should know about me. I love to travel and document my time travelling through photos, collecting tickets and drawings associated with my experiences.

About me.
About me.

Thanks!