Weta isn’t the only animation powerhouse on the peninsula. Twenty-four master builders spent the term animating at Rata Studios this term. They used their skills to build fantastic sets and create amusing stories using LEGO bricks.
Though the medium of LEGO is relatively new, stop motion animation is nearly as old as filmmaking itself. The technique requires animators to take many photos, with minimal changes in action between each one. Though students spent three to four sessions perfecting their final animations, the longest one was only a minute long. Just imagine how many days and months it must take to create a feature length animation! The art form certainly takes dedication.
Students certainly learned patience as well as teamwork. It takes both an animator and someone on the computer watching what is happening in real-time and capturing photos to make an animation great.
Next term the animation adventure at Rata Studios continues with Clay Animation.