We recently held a weekend of hands-on creative activities and thoughtful conversations exploring how we communicate through posture, gesture and facial expression. One of these activities included re-animating a film from Wellcome’s archive of moving images, featuring a range of body language. Dan Brown from Mash Cinema tells us more.
When I was asked to develop a drop-in activity for the Bloomsbury Festival ‘Speaking With Your Body‘ weekend, it didn’t take me long to decide on how it might work. The process of rotoscoping came to mind, as it’s one that many people can get involved in and would allow for a highly collaborative outcome.
Rotoscoping has been around since about 1915 and was said to be first used by Max Fleischer on his animated series Out Of The Inkwell. Fleischer projected footage of his brother on to frosted glass and drew around the image frame by frame, creating an animation that was much smoother and moved in a more human way. Continue reading