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3/16/05 by Robin Rowe

> I'm a high school teacher in New Hampshire and offering Linux as a 
> course. I am by no means an expert -- we worked with some scripts, we
> reconfigured tux racer to very strange looking games, we worked with
> applications such as Star Office and worked a lot with GIMP (which I
> loved). Anyway, what I would like to add to my course is to be able to
> have the students create a very short animated piece using effects 
> like Disney, Pixar, and DreamWorks do. Maybe a 15 second clip of a 
> Shrek-like character. I am having trouble finding places for me to 
> train or downloads of tutorials. Can you provide me with any help in 
> locating information?

For historical perspective, see this chronology of Disney feature animation.

http://www.fpx.de/fp/Disney/Features.html

Don't forget audio. Use Audacity, Sweep, and other audio tools to create a sound track. Unfortunately, CinePaint doesn't provide sound support at this time.

For playback use xine, xanim or mplayer.

For a list of relevant tools see http://linuxmovies.sourceforge.net/software/index.html

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The simple version of the script -- Mon, 25 Jul 2005 11:30:59 -0700 reply
#!/bin/bash #example of usage #scriptname 120 file.tif #Creates 120 tiff-files named 1.tif 2.tif etc...

X=1 while test "$X" -le "$1" do cp $2 $X".tif" X=`expr $X + 1` done

moho -- Mon, 03 Oct 2005 13:06:29 -0700 reply
have you considered using moho from lost marble for 2D animation?

I believe they have a linux version.