An Animation is where a series of images are is displayed at a fast rate, this gives the illusion of movement and motion from an object or drawing. There are 3 different frame frequencies used for TV and Film, 24FPS (frame per second) 25FPS and 30FPS. 25FPS is the mostly commonly used frame frequency for TV and Film but high quality films tend to use 30FPS. The least amount of frames per second you can get away with without each image being seen separately is 12 FPS, but this still gives the animation a jerky feel to it.
Animation techniques that can be used are;
- Flip Book animation, an image drawn repeatedly but slightly moved each time when flicked through quickly gives the illusion of movement.
- Stop Motion is where there are a series of photos stills with an images slightly moving through out each one flicked through again gives an illusion of movement.
- 2D animation can be hand drawn or drawn on computer using vectors.
- 3D animation.