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Encyclopedia > Silhouette animation

Silhouette animation is one of many forms of stop motion and is also a simplified variation of graphic animation, which involves the frame-by-frame moving of cut out graphic shapes. Stop motion is an animation technique which makes things that are static appear to be moving. ... GRAPHIC ANIMATION is a variation of stop motion (and possibly more conceptually associated with traditional flat cel animation and paper drawing animation, but still TECHNICALLY qualifying as stop motion) consisting of the animation of photographs (in whole or in parts) and other NON-DRAWN flat visual graphic material, such as...


Mere pieces of paper can be animated on an animation stand with stop motion. This is called cutout animation, which is illuminated from the same side of the artwork as the camera is located (or from the sides of the artwork) so as to show the details of the paper such as color, textures, etc. Often used for children's animation, cutout animation was used to produce the demo pilot for Comedy Central's South Park series (then later simulated via computer animation for the main series). 12 frames per second is the typical rate for an animated cartoon. ... Cutout animation is a technique for producing animations using flat characters, props and backgrounds cut from materials such as paper, card, stiff fabric or even photographs. ... Comedy Central is a cable television channel in the United States. ... South Park is an American animated television series created, written and voiced by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. ...


When backlit instead, the cutout animation becomes a series of simplified dark (black) images, and is referred to as silhouette animation, used by German animation pioneer Lotte Reiniger for The Adventures of Prince Achmed, the first feature-length animated film, made in 1923. Martha Byrne from As the World Turns, exhibiting the effects of back lighting on ones hair. ... Charlotte Reiniger (June 2, 1899 - June 19, 1981) was a German and later British silhouette animator. ... Die Geschichte des Prinzen Achmed (The Adventures of Prince Achmed), is a 1926 feature-length animated film by the German animator Lotte Reiniger. ...


Silhouette animation is rarely used as its own art form, except for brief dramatic or comedic scenes in a few cutout animation films, such as when a character turns the lights out in an episode of South Park. However, there have been a few complete films using this technique that have been made by animators under the National Film Board of Canada banner. The National Film Board of Canada (usually National Film Board or NFB) is a Canadian public filmmaking organization established to produce and distribute films that inform Canadians and promote Canada around the world. ...


 
 

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