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> 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?
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* Cel Animation. For hand-drawn frame-by-frame animation you can use CinePaint. Create one blank image named 000001.tiff. Write a little script in bash or perl that copies that file a specified number of times to create a sequence of files 0000001.tiff, 000002.tiff, 000003.tiff, etc. Cel animation is 12fps. Create a 3-second spot by giving your script a parameter of 36. Open the sequence in the CinePaint flipbook. Hand-draw on the frames to create animation. Use GraphicsMagick or ImageMagick to convert the sequence into a movie. For inspiration refer to THE SIMPSONS, SOUTH PARK, and The Cartoon Network. HOME ON THE RANGE was the last 2D feature film created by Disney before converting to 3D animation for CHICKEN LITTLE.<p>


* Physical 3D Animation. Create a miniature set using Barbie doll and G.I. Joe toys. Place a digital camera on a tripod, preferably a camera with a remote shutter release. Use Playdoh to create characters or animate the dolls frame-by-frame. Open the numbered frames in the CinePaint flipbook to preview. Use ImageMagick to convert the sequence into a movie. For inspiration refer to WALLACE AND GROMIT and TEAM AMERICA.

 http://www.wallaceandgromit.com/ <p>
 http://www.teamamerica.com/
 <p>

* Computer 3D Animation. Create animation using Wings3D and Blender. For inspiration refer to THE INCREDIBLES and SHREK. There's an interesting story in Animation World about making THE SIMPSONS into 3D for IMAX.

 http://theincredibles.com/ <p>
 http://www.animationartist.com/InsideAnimation/CyberWorld.html
 <p>

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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From unknown Mon Jul 25 11:30:59 -0700 2005
From: 
Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2005 11:30:59 -0700
Subject: The simple version of the script
Message-ID: <20050725113059-0700@cinepaint.bigasterisk.com>

#!/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


From unknown Mon Oct 3 13:06:29 -0700 2005
From: 
Date: Mon, 03 Oct 2005 13:06:29 -0700
Subject: moho
Message-ID: <20051003130629-0700@cinepaint.bigasterisk.com>

have you considered using moho from lost marble for 2D animation?

I believe they have a linux version.

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?

  • Cel Animation. For hand-drawn frame-by-frame animation you can use CinePaint. Create one blank image named 000001.tiff. Write a little script in bash or perl that copies that file a specified number of times to create a sequence of files 0000001.tiff, 000002.tiff, 000003.tiff, etc. Cel animation is 12fps. Create a 3-second spot by giving your script a parameter of 36. Open the sequence in the CinePaint flipbook. Hand-draw on the frames to create animation. Use GraphicsMagick or ImageMagick to convert the sequence into a movie. For inspiration refer to THE SIMPSONS, SOUTH PARK, and The Cartoon Network. HOME ON THE RANGE was the last 2D feature film created by Disney before converting to 3D animation for CHICKEN LITTLE.

  • Physical 3D Animation. Create a miniature set using Barbie doll and G.I. Joe toys. Place a digital camera on a tripod, preferably a camera with a remote shutter release. Use Playdoh to create characters or animate the dolls frame-by-frame. Open the numbered frames in the CinePaint flipbook to preview. Use ImageMagick to convert the sequence into a movie. For inspiration refer to WALLACE AND GROMIT and TEAM AMERICA.

    http://www.wallaceandgromit.com/

    http://www.teamamerica.com/

  • Computer 3D Animation. Create animation using Wings3D and Blender. For inspiration refer to THE INCREDIBLES and SHREK. There's an interesting story in Animation World about making THE SIMPSONS into 3D for IMAX.

    http://theincredibles.com/

    http://www.animationartist.com/InsideAnimation/CyberWorld.html

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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comments:

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.