Animation – A Short History
Wikipedia defines animation as “the process of making the illusion of motion and the illusion of change by means of the rapid display of a sequence of images that minimally differ from each other”.
Animation – Early Attempts
Early attempts at conveying movement have been recorded as far back as the Paleolithic period in cave paintings where animals have been depicted as having many limbs or having different images superimposed on each other to create a primitive illusion of movement. An Egyptian mural that was estimated as being approximately 4000 years old was found in the tomb of Khnumhotep at the Beni Hassan Cemetery. The mural featured a long sequence of images that depicted the events in a wrestling match. Leonardo da Vinci created seven anatomical drawings in which he rendered multiple angles of figures and the way in which the ball and joint in the human shoulder moved. Each image had only a slight difference and implied movement of the figure. All these pri
mitive attempts at depicting movement seamlessly and naturally paled in comparison to The Magic Lantern. The Magic Lantern was the oldest contraption to create “pure” animation. The concept was invented by Christiaan Huygens in 1659, and his sketches are the oldest known documents to depict the Magic Lantern.
After revolutions in animation by Disney, modern animation started to become incredibly popular for a host of purposes. From Music Videos and Television Adverts, to Corporate Identity and Branding Campaigns, animation remains one of the most versatile visual media tools to date. We’ll continue to explore animation and its importance in business strategy in a series of articles throughout our blog.
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