"Hey, so, I was wondering, what do you call the kind of animation they do on South Park? It's not like Disney, is it, where they draw all the pages and everything? It looks different, I was wondering what it was because it's kind of cool."Well, technically everything South Park does is mostly 3D animation at this point, but the style remains consistent with the early days when the show first started - and they used a technique called cutout animation to produce and animate everything, only to later duplicate that style first in digital 2D and then in 2D-rendered 3D.
"yo so i saw this spooky totally creeptastic like animation with like black stuff and they were puppets i think but they were flat and it was jsut black and white like the old silent films dude whwat was it it totally gave me nightmares"I can name a few things that, like, totally give me nightmares too, dude...but silhouette animation isn't one of them. The marionette comparison actually wasn't too far off, considering the old-school methods for animating dark silhouettes against a light backdrop.
"I was watching this sick, totally trippy old school Norman McLaren thing the other day and I want to know how he does it. Like, can I learn how to do that? It doesn't look like normal animation. It looks weird. It's really simple and stuff, but it just looks kind of scratchy and weird, you know?"Yes, I know; yes, you can learn; and no, it's not normal animation. Much of McLaren's iconic work was drawn-on-film animation, which takes the cels and cameras right out of the picture to put you directly on the film reel.
"Last night on YouTube I watched this woman paint with sand for half an hour. It was so awesome and she made this picture that looked like it was done with real paint! She had some fifty jars of colored sand and it looked like she was just flinging it everywhere, but it all landed just right and I thought it was so cool. I asked my friend later and she said it was called sand animation. What do you know about that?"Well, I know technically that wasn't an animation, though people often call the performance art of sand painting "sand animation." Actual sand animation is something a bit different.
"This animation I saw once looked like it was drawn with black ink pens and it was kind of stark and weird and a little wobbly, but then when they pulled back they showed it was this thing that looked like a bunch of nails, and they moved all the nails and it made the picture. What is that? What is it called?"This technique is known as pin animation, or pinscreen animation, and is the basis for those fun pin art toys that let you create an impression of your face...only on a much, much larger scale.
With CS6, though Adobe will be introducing their own version of SaaS in the Creative Cloud. For those who aren't familiar with the term, it stands for "Software as a Service," and allows subscription access to the full creative suite for a monthly subscription price - $50 a month for a yearly subscription, $75 a month on a month-to-month basis, with certain apps available for individual licensing for much less (as long as you pay on an annual contract). One obvious benefit is this allows content creators, who previously may have felt forced to pirate by the price point, to legitimize and use a legal version of the software with a more reasonable monthly expenditure.
The down side? Adobe isn't Rent-A-Center, and there is no rent-to-own option. You could pay on a monthly basis until you've completely covered the price of the software suite, and the software still wouldn't be yours; the second you cancel your subscription, you'd lose access. But this is rather a moot point, when it would take years to completely pay out the cost on a month-by-month subscription. By then we could be on CS7 or CS8, and can simply transfer the subscription without having ever paid full price for the CS6 suite. With cloud storage included in the package, that's not too bad at all.
I know I'll definitely be using the subscription service when I upgrade from CS5.5, though I haven't decided if I'll use it just for Flash and Photoshop, or go for the full suite. What about you? Do you intend to subscribe to Adobe CS6, pay full cost, or let it slide entirely?