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Puppet animation

Puppet animation is a type of animation where puppets, dolls or figures, are moved by people to create a story. The puppets can be made out of different materials like clay or fabric and can have different features like moving arms and legs or changing facial expressions.

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Puppet animation is a fascinating style of animation that has been around for many years. The art of puppetry has been used to tell stories and entertain people for centuries. However, in recent years, puppet animation has become increasingly popular due to its unique look and feel.

One of the most significant advantages of puppet animation is that it allows animators to create characters and objects that have a tangible quality. Puppets are often made from materials such as foam, fabric, or plastic, which can be manipulated to create lifelike movements and expressions.

Stop-motion puppet animation is one of the oldest forms of puppet animation and involves moving physical puppets one frame at a time. This technique requires a lot of patience and skill, but the results can be stunning. The animator must carefully manipulate each puppet and take a photograph after each movement. When these photographs are played back in sequence, the illusion of motion is created.

Puppet animation can be used to create a wide range of styles, from realistic to stylized. The materials used and the animator’s skill level can significantly impact the final product. For example, animators can use foam puppets covered in fabric to create characters with soft features and realistic movements. Alternatively, plastic puppets can be used to create characters with exaggerated features and movements. These days people have even started using 3D printed puppets to create more complex characters.

Puppet animation can be used in various applications such as television shows, commercials, and feature films. One great example of the use of puppet animation is “The Nightmare Before Christmas” directed by Tim Burton. This film uses stop-motion puppet animation to create a unique and haunting world that has captivated audiences for years.

Puppet animation is a fascinating and versatile style of animation that has been used to tell stories and entertain people for centuries. It allows animators to create characters and objects with a tangible quality that is difficult to achieve with other animation techniques. Puppet animation can be used to create a wide range of styles, from realistic to stylized. It is an excellent choice for filmmakers who want to add a unique and creative touch to their projects.

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Animation Terms

2

2D Animation

3

3D Animation

A

Alpha Channel

Animation

Anti-Aliasing

Anticipation

Aspect Ratio

B

Bezier Curve

Bitmap

Blue Screen

Bone Animation

Bounce

Broadcast Standards

C

Camera Angle

Camera Shake

Cel Animation

Character Animation

Claymation

Clean-up

Color Correction

Compositing

Composition

Concept Art

Cutout nimation

D

Depth of Field

Dialogue

Distributed Rendering

Dope Sheet

E

Easing

Emitter

Exaggeration

Eyedropper

F

Foley

Follow through

Forward Kinematics

Frame Rate

Frame

Freeze Frame

G

Ghosting

GIF File Format

Golden Ratio

Graph Editor

H

Hue and Saturation

I

Inertia

Infographic Animation

Inverse Kinematics

J

Joint

JPEG File Format

K

Keyframe Interpolation

Keyframe

Kinetic typography

L

Layers

Lens distortion

Level of Detail

Lighting

Line of action

Lip syncing

M

Matte painting

Morphing

Motion blur

Motion capture

Motion graphics

Motion path

Motion trail

Mouth shapes

N

Network rendering

O

Occlusion culling

Onion skinning

Overlapping action

P

Parallel rendering

Particle system

Persistance of Vision

Phonemes

Playback speed

Plot

PNG File Format

Pose-to-pose animation

Puppet animation

R

Render farm

Rendering

Resolution

Rigging

Rotoscoping

Rule of thirds

Run cycle

S

Safe zone

Scene

Screenplay

Script

Shot

Silhouette

Skeletal animation

Slow Motion

Smears

Sound Design

Soundtrack

Special Effects

Squash and Stretch

Staging

Stop Motion Animation

Storyboard

Straight-ahead Animation

T

Time Remapping

Timeline

Timing

Title Card

Title Sequence

Tweening

V

Vector graphics

Visemes

Voice acting

W

Walk cycle

WebM File Format

Weighting

Z

Z-depth

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