On July 30th and 31st, Brooke and I will be teaching a rotoscope workshop at the Santa Fe Art Institute. It’s a 2-day workshop from 10am to 2pm each day and it’s open to 12 participants. We’ll present as much as possible during the two days and give everyone a clear understanding of what rotoscoping is and how to execute a rotoscope animation. The workshop will be divided between presentation and production. Join us, it should be fun! Contact Cathy at 505-424-5050 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register
Rotoscoping, one of the oldest techniques for animation, is the tracing of live-action footage, frame by frame, to create an animated version of the movement that may later be modified to create a fantastic short.
Participants will be shown basics of video editing, using Apple’s Final Cut Pro, and introduced to Adobe Flash, the software used for animation and basic drawing. In order to rotoscope, the still images from the videos will be exported from Fincal Cut and brought into Adobe Flash for tracing. Participants can elect to creatively modify or transform the recorded motion rather than strictly follow it.
One of the earliest examples of rotoscoping is Max Fleischer’s, “Out of the Inkwell”.
Rotoscoping is the second exercise that I present to my Intro to 2D Animation students at Hunter College and they have a great time with it. Here are a few examples to extended rotoscoping projects:
“What Are You?” by Daniel Salgado, Untitled by Ryan Cruz, Untitled by Mica Tan.