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  • Writer's pictureCorrina Crazie Espinosa


Updated: Jan 11, 2020

"The Phenakistoscope — a popular Victorian parlour toy, generally marketed for children — is widely considered to be among the earliest forms of animation and the precursor to modern cinema. The device was operated by spinning the cardboard disc, and viewing the reflection of the image in a mirror through a series of moving slits. Through the distortion and flicker, the disc created the illusion that the image was moving. Women danced, men bowed, and animals leapt in short, repeating animations." -The Public Domain Review

For this project you will create an original animation. You can use hand drawn animation, manipulated animation with found images, or stop motion animation using clay, paper or other objects. You can pick any theme you wish. Here are the basic guidelines for this project:

*Make your animation approximately 5 minutes long.

*Use one of the following software programs: after effects, animate CC, Photoshop or Premier.

*Consider the 12 principles of animation.

*Consider your soundtrack, sound is optional.

*Do NOT use music, unless you create it yourself in Garage Band or with another musical instrument.

*You can record your own folly sounds, voice overs or you can use files taken from

A brief History on animation:

12 Principles of Animation:

Find your inspiration:

Fantastic Planet, 1973

From Pink Floyd: The Wall, animation by Gerald Scarfe

From The Adventures of Mark Twain, in reference to the book The Mysterious Stranger. Claymation:

Stacey Stears' (who lives in Boulder, and ofter teaches at CU) collage style animation.

A student film:

Silly and dark:

Simon's Cat, the original before it blew up to be extremely popular:

One of my former student's project for this class:

Another Tootsie pop parody:



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