Rotoscope

REFERENCE VIDEO AND ROTOSCOPING – Stop Motion Pro

Instructions
INTRODUCTION

Your actions will be the reference point for your animation. First shoot a video clip of an action, and then recreate that action with your character, using the Rotoscoping (overlay) feature to match animation to video.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS

Orientation:
• Watch the Rotoscoping samples on the website or google it!
• Plan an action where your feet can remain stationary, but your upper body moves. You can use props!
• Pipe cleaners and foam balls are supplied, but you can also create characters from your own materials

• Step 1 – Planning: (Answer the following six questions and make a storyboard)
• Think about the Character and what you want to display
1. What Emotion does your Character display?
2. How would the action show personality or intent?
3. Characterization – what motivates your character?
• Act out your motion both quickly and slowly to figure out the points below.
4. What natural / physical forces will affect your motion?
5. What motivates your character (physically)?
6. Moving in slow motion, what are (at least) 6 stages in your motion?
(Have someone else do the same motion to watch and compare)
• Make a storyboard, showing the steps in question #6
• Create your character – your choice of material – but make sure they can do your action
• Pipecleaner characters whose feet can the tacked down are some of the best to use here!

Step 2 – Set up the Shoot:
• Shoot the video of yourself doing the action – remember to overact / exaggerate your movements!
• Connect a Webcam, open Stop Motion Pro and set up your character in so you can fix feet in one location.
• Import your reference video and Synch up for rotoscoping.
• Animate your Character with Attitude! Create any props you need
• Your character should overact your own motions.

Step 3 – Show for marking:
• Show the synched video to your instructor for grading, so both can be seen when in synch.

KEY CRITERIA:

Explain your characters motivation, video shows intent, character matches

CHALLENGE:

Add Sound, Credits, or other special effects for additional marks.

How to Guide & Video

Gallery of Samples
More on the Kits Graphics YouTube Site