Drawn on Film Animation

Drawn on film animation is one of the traditional technique of animation. This animation technique needs a lot of talent and precise skill where footage is produced by creating the images directly on film reel without using any cameras. As opposed to any other style of animation use tools, techniques and various methods where the objects or images are photographed frame by frame with an animation camera. This technique skips the entire process of video sequencing, photographing or the more modern process of digital rendering.

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Drawn on Film Animation WorksLearn How Drawn on Film Animation Works?

The animators can work either developed (black) or undeveloped (blank) film in small sizes or large sizes; which is the best suitable technique. The film reel is put down across the work surface and fixed into place. After placing the film, the animator works from frame to frame to design image on each small frame, managing reel with every sequential frame to display the motion.

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The major benefit of drawn on film animation is that it is similarly inexpensive. It does not need any complex camera arrays, thousands of cells or expensive software. A few sample images and etching tools, a projector and a roll of film, can be sufficient to let an animator discover their capabilities and play with a complete medium. The simplicity of this animation allows the animator to be more creative and innovative in storytelling through animated images or videos.

Drawn on Film AnimationTechniques of Drawn on Film Animation

Animators use a blank film reel or used film reel for creating the drawn on film animation technique. A film reel of any size is fixed on to a plain surface and on every small frame, animators create drawings or sequences to show the animation sequence.

Also, blank film reel can be developed in a dark room where the film is not exposed and use a small light, animations can be created by exposing the film little by little. Small objects can be placed on those films while trying to focus the lights on the frames, and this creates a permanent impression of the object. Once the animation is done, it has to be developed like a photograph and viola you see a clearer image. This is more like a stop-motion animation combined with silhouette animation.

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Advantage of Drawn on Film Animation

  • It is Less expensive
  • No need to spend on expensive software
  • Perfect drawings or complex drawings are not required
  • Unique animations can be created
  • Computer is not mandatory
  • Animators can play around with different kinds of exposure to create stunning animations.
  • A roll of film, projector, etching tools and simple drawings is sufficient to create drawn on film animation.
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