“What is rotoscope animation?” probably wasn’t the first question on your mind when you woke up this morning, and to be honest it wasn’t for us, either*.
We know that you’re a curious readership, however, with your inquisitive minds eager to absorb as much information as possible**, so let’s tackle that very question for you right here, right now.
For those of you who are long term visitors to our magnificent portfolio page, there’s a good chance that you’ve seen our attempts at dabbling in rotoscope animation (or “rotoscoping”) before, with our animation of this kind for Wolverhampton Wanderers FC proving a huge hit.
If you’re not a long term visitor to our magnificent portfolio page, here’s a direct link to that project, because we’re nice like that: Wolverhampton Wanderers Animation Production
In short, rotoscoping is a technique where animators trace over captured footage to produce an animation that is as visually stunning as it is realistic.
Combined with a jaunty piece of music, or a professional voiceover, the strength of this type of animation can result in one truly impressive video – even if we say so ourselves.
As the saying goes, however, there’s no such thing as a free lunch, and a rotoscope does come at a cost – namely the time it takes to create.
With every frame needing to be traced accurately, rotoscoping is a painstaking and painful process – a feeling reflected by our animator, Jamie, whose reply to the question “How much fun is a rotoscope animation to create?” is sadly not printable on a family friendly website such as this one.
Once we had got Jamie to calm down however, he put together a quick video on how to create a rotoscope animation, and graciously allowed us to include it in this blog for you to watch.
We hope you enjoy, and before you ask – here at Stone’s Throw we use Toon Boom Harmony for creation and Adobe After Effects for the editing!
*Ours was “Will there ever be a boy born who can swim faster than a shark?”, in case you were wondering
** Not to mention I’m being paid to write 300 words on the subject