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Animation is getting more popular todayAnimation motion pictures created by recording a series of still images-of drawings objects or people in various positions of incrementalmovement When played back no longer appear individually as static images but combine to produce the illusion of unbroken motion The term animation applies to creations on film video or computers and even to motion toys which usually consist of a series of drawings or photographs on paper that are viewed with a mechanical device or by flipping through a hand-held sequence of images For example a pad of paper can be used to create an animated flipbook of drawings The term cartoon is sometimes used to describe short animated worksunder 10 mins that are humorous in natureThere are many ways to create animation depending on whether the materials used are flat such as drawings paintings or cut-out pieces of paper or dimensionaleg clay puppets household objects or even people In each case an animator must keep in mind the basic principle of frames per second Because sound film runs at twenty-four frames per second a film animator must make twenty-four images for each second of animation that he or she wishes to create A common time-saving practice is to film animation on twos or on threes meaning that the animator actually uses one image for two or three frames of film in a row rather than using each image only onceAfter choosing an idea for a film an animator must think about a concept in terms of individual actions For instance if an animator decides on an action that will take 3 seconds of animation to complete the animator will have to create images to fill 72 frames of film Filmed on twos 36 drawings showing progressive changes in the movement will be needed to create the 3-second action The ability to think in terms of incremental movement is essential to the animation process An animator must do a lot
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