What is animation?

Animation is the method in which pictures are manipulated to appear as moving images.

Can you show me some examples?

What does it involve?

Academic staff will be required to produce the main content and will be able to review during the production stage. In traditional animation, images are drawn or painted by hand, but nowadays animations are mainly made with computer-generated imagery. This makes the process much faster, cheaper and easier.

How long will it take?

The animation process is very time consuming and can take anywhere from 1 month – 5 months. The process breaks down as follows:

  1. Once you have an idea (content) that you want to present as an animation, write a short outline explaining the idea in detail and aims. Send it (alternatively you can schedule a meeting) with the content to the Digital Learning Specialist. Be as descriptive and creative as possible! If you have something particular in mind, please enclose some examples or sketches.
  2. Once the content is reviewed and everything is clear, the Digital Learning Specialist will get back to you with suggestions and a preliminary time schedule. At this stage, the aim is to agree upon a format, visual style, layout and pace of final product. Depending on workload and period of the year (term times) it could take from 1 to 4 weeks.
  3. Production stage - once the idea and style are agreed on, the production cycle begins. It may involve a lot of graphic design, 3D modelling, keyframing, animating, digital composing, editing and other specific techniques depending on the content. Depending on length, complexity and workload it could take from 1 to 4 months.
  4. Review and Post-Production - a rough cut of the animation is presented for review. Little amendments and tweaks could be made at this stage. The final version is polished and ready for release in 2 days to 2 weeks.