Are you able to believe this wonderful animation effect is being created by a set of ‘static’ drawings and therefore, all is an illusion? Yes, the animation effect is caused by the illusion of motion, which is produced by the rapid successions of the static images that have very minimal differences between them.
For e.g., to produce the animation effect of a falling ball, a set of images that show the movement of ball falling from a particular height to the destination, each having minute differences in the height range or the position with respect to the destination or the ground is introduced in rapid successions so that this rapid movement creates an illusion in your eyes that the ball has actually fallen down from its original position. So, only the rapid succession can cause a ‘true’ or ‘full’ animation effect and usually, the number of images or frames introduced per second are in the range of 24, 25, 30 or 60 frames per second.
So, the concept of animation is the same but, how the effect is produced that is, based on the medium or tool used and the style followed, it can be classified into a number of types.
Why is animation popular?
It is because more than a static picture a video or the ‘motion picture’ is realistic and you can connect to it very instantly. It is the easiest means of communication than a static image. Any time you would prefer video recording your child’s activities than simply photographing his/her activities because the ‘motion effect’ brings back your fond memories and instantly connects you to that situation more than the static photograph. If such an effect is further enhanced by advanced technological features it would only be more alluring and very easily conceivable!