Bring Stuff to Life? You can with the 12 Principles of Animation

Simpson, Ben ORCID logoORCID: (2019) Bring Stuff to Life? You can with the 12 Principles of Animation. [Artefact]


The output is an artefact created by Simpson. The artefact is a book which simplifies and demonstrates the 12 Principles (building blocks) of successful animation. The project was devised, compiled, and contributed to by Simpson, with sections written and illustrated by Peter McDonald, Cindy Cheng, and Tim Webb. The foreword for this output was written by Tom Box. Research process: The aim of the project was to create a simple but effective means to communicate the core elements of successful animation to children and young people. It was important to Simpson that the book was in a format which is accessible to others, and that the information was presented in a fun and engaging way. The output was created via long distance communication between the authors, who all contributed sections which provide visual explanations of a core principle of animation. Research insights: Through collaborating on this output, Simpson was able to reflect on the core elements to successful animation in a group of his peers in the animation industry – producing an output which stands as a culmination of different perspectives and interpretations of these foundations. This output provided Simpson and his collaborators a new insight into ways in which illustrated instructions can provide accessible learning to those who are new to or struggle with English. Dissemination: The output was published through Red Bird publishing on 11 November 2019, has been used in workshops at Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival in 2019 and 2021.

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