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My son has chosen animation for his theme for art gcse. He is on sure how to do a final piece for this topic. What can he do?
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My son has chosen animation for his theme for art gcse. He is on sure how to do a final piece for this topic. What can he do?
Animation requires different skills but he should speak to his art teacher for more information. It could be up to the student what he wants to do. It could be traditional animation or computer animation. One requires skills in set design, cameras, video editing e.t.c. To get started in this I recommend “the animators survival kit”. A book often credited and used in famous animation school. If its 3d he will have to have a computer able to run powerful animating software. Skills will be 3d model making, rigging, shading, video editing. He should do more research on these though, and you or he email the teacher to see what he wants. Art gcse follows AO levels which require different needs to be successful in the gcse so knowing these will be key. If I was him I would find out what I need to do for animation and practice and learn during summer as it is a daunting task. I had thoughts of being an animator, friend invited me to see what he does at aardman animations (wallace and gromit animators) and it deterred me due to the dedication and patient these people require.
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Remember the final piece doesnt have to be an obvious representation of the theme - it can be an interpretation, as long as he shows his thought process in his work and explains how it relates to the theme before the final piece.
For example, whilst an obvious and good choice is computer animation if thats what hes interested in, he could instead study cartoon characters and paint something involving them. Or he could study different body positions and how to body moves from one position to another. He could study manga. He could make something paper mached with old comics like the beano etc. He could study how comics show movement (lines behind a person running etc)

Random idea: he could make one of those victorian toys where you spin it and the scene moves - zoetropes

For context, i chose the theme "diary" when i did my gcse. The obvious choice that most people did was to make a diary and have a craft based final project. Instead, i drew interpretations of dreams from a dream diary i kept when i was a kid, and got an A*.
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