..many more and better animations coming soon!! stay tuned.
Re-animating Historical Photos
Transplanting the past into the present.
Early in semester one, our first-year cohort of animators explored the history of animation inventions and more generally the role and impact of inventions and their inventors in shaping cultures, stories and artworks. In this context, we first visited the Grainger Museum for an insight into the inventiveness and actual inventions proposed, developed or instigated by Percy Grainger. The animators spent two other longer visits to the museum choosing various views and images from within the museum to inform and develop their sketching practice.
Now in second semester the students are imparting their impressions and twenty first century perspectives in bringing to life historic artefacts through various animation and film techniques. A single photo of Grainger sitting in a room, presumably writing music is split into separate planes or ‘layers’ in order to create various spatial illusions. These effects are often referred to as “multiplane”, “2.5d” and “parallax effects”. The students also choose to incorporate their own animation content and additional photographic portraits from the Grainger collection.