Animation Techniques from N.E.mation! 5

While most of you have your story ideas down, you might be wondering what is the best and most creative way to translate that to an animation? Well, lets take a look at the submissions of the top ten teams from N.E.mation! 5 and hopefully they will inspire you!

The top ten submissions used many different creative ideas and concepts to represent their stories. Though the animation technique favored by most teams was pixilation and stop motion, with an example of 2D Drawing and even a team that decided to merge 2 different techniques!

Pixilation and stop motion

This implies using frame by frame capturing to capture movement and then piece all these frames together such that in some cases inanimate objects appear to move fluidly on their own! Pixilation is a form of stop motion however, unlike stop motion that uses more inanimate objects such as clay, pixilation makes use of actors instead of objects. There are certain situations whereby stop motion and pixilation are used hand-in-hand to enhance the animation, as seen in some examples later!

The technique itself might not be the most complex but it sure requires patience and a lot of time! Each frame has to differ slightly but not too much such that there will be a jump in movements. Although the technique may seem simple, there are many ways to incorporate more complex areas to the video to make your animation special and stand out.

While majority of the submissions fall under this technique, check out how they make their own video special and different from the rest.

There is mention of National Service within this video so *hint* you might want to check it out!

Wouldn’t you agree that even though the technique used is the same, the method of doing it makes it a whole lot different! The videos have their own special points and are distinct in their own way.

Another technique I am going to be introducing involves a little bit of an artistic talent.

2D Drawing

This is more reliant on being able to draw the scenes and carefully manipulate them together to form a video. It’s a rather painstaking process as you will have to draw, shade and refine your drawings so that it looks perfect in video. In some cases redo-ing it multiple times is part of the process!

I have no idea how they did managed but here’s an example from past year’s top ten.

Earlier there was mention about mixing techniques and that is exactly what this group did, by mixing stopmotion together with 2D Drawing for this touching animation.

A technique not covered within N.E.mation! 5’s top ten is rotoscoping but do not fret! Let me explain a little about it here incase you are interested in it.


It is whereby you act out your scenes first followed by tracing and drawing over it to produce an animation. It sounds a little complex but it does make the work a little simpler compared to drawing it from scratch though you will have to put in the effort of acting it out first!

Going back in time to N.E.mation! 4, I’ve found an example for you to reference.

After a quick rundown on some animation techniques, doesn’t animation sound like a lot of fun? Some techniques sound so intriguing that I want to give it a shot myself!

Are you feeling inspired after this and have some ideas in mind?

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