India has a long animation history, we used to tell epics or great stories with the help of different forms of art like puppets. Now a days there are many different forms of animation that has used to entertain us as well as used to spread knowledge or awareness on any subject. This is the second part of our series on types of animation, hope you have find the first part informative, if you have not gone through it Click here. The rest is here…
Passion, never-ending creativity and oodles of energy are a winning combination for anyone in the animation industry. Animation is all around us, be it television, movies or video games. Although animation has been around for sometime but with different ways of creating amazing animations, companies all over the world are looking for gifted persons who master them quickly.
Here are some of the different forms of animation.
Traditional Animator (2D, Cel, Hand Drawn)
It is also called cel animation and is one of the older forms of animation; here the animator draws every frame to create the animation sequence. Disney used to do this in their early days. Animators used to draw images on a transparent piece of paper fitted on a peg using a colored pencil, one frame at the time. The basic fundamental is to quickly screen sequential drawings one after another create the illusion of movement.
Most of us have wondered in awe at a piece of stone that can walk or talk, well anything is possible in animation. Physical static objects are moved around using frame by frame animation, and during the post production it is shown in a flowing movement. Stop motion animation has been around ever since the evolution of puppets. There were many movies created using the stop motion method.
Indian Animation history at a glance
“Puppetry is a form of theatre or performance that involves the manipulation of puppets—inanimate objects, often resembling some type of human or animal figure, that are animated or manipulated by a human called a puppeteer.”
There are different kinds of puppets, depends on their complexity, the material to create them has been used. Puppets can also speak, and can synchronize their voice with the character. India has a log history of puppets, even in Mahabharata, we gets reference of this art, in the present time Rajasthani puppets are more popular. Professor Y.K. Padhye is the first Indian ventriloquist, he has introduced this form of puppetry to India in the 1920s.
In the sourthern India specially in Kerala, a unique form of puppet art is famous called Tholpavakoothu or Tolpava Koothu. It’s an traditional art form of shadow puppetry which is based on verses from the Tamil epic Kamba Ramayana.
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