Animation Merit Badge
Animation Merit Badge Info
If a quick merit badge is needed, this is a good choice. Scouts with an artistic flare and patience should have no problem with this one. It presents the concepts and styles of animation and then jumps right into hands-on project design and creation.
There are few requirements and a wide range of possible ways to create the two required projects. The requirements are direct and can be done completely alone, so no group work or activities are necessary.
The fun part of the badge is creating two actual animations, and that is the bulk of the badge. Around 6,000 scouts do this merit badge annually. That puts it in about 80th position.
Requirements for the Animation merit badge:
- General knowledge. Do the following:
- In your own words, describe to your counselor what animation is.
- Discuss with your counselor a brief history of animation.
- Principles of animation. Choose five of the following 12 principles of animation, and discuss how each one makes an animation appear more believable: squash and stretch, anticipation, staging, straightahead action and pose to pose, follow through and overlapping action, slow in and slow out, arcs, secondary action, timing, exaggeration, solid drawing, appeal.
- Projects. With your counselor's approval, choose two animation techniques and do the following for each:
- Plan your animation using thumbnail sketches and/or layout drawings.
- Create the animation.
- Share your animations with your counselor. Explain how you created each one, and discuss any improvements that could be made.
- Animation in our world. Do the following:
- Tour an animation studio or a business where animation is used, either in person, via video, or via the Internet. Share what you have learned with your counselor.
- Discuss with your counselor how animation might be used in the future to make your life more enjoyable and productive.
- Careers. Learn about three career opportunities in animation. Pick one and find out about the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss your findings with your counselor. Explain why this profession might interest you.
Hints for Animation Merit Badge
- The animation projects don't need to be elaborate - creating a flipbook works.
- The two animation projects are supposed to be two different animation techniques.
Resources for Animation Merit Badge
The simulation of movement created by a series of pictures is Animation.
Reviewing the History of Animation shows how techniques and technology have made an impact.
Observe these 12 Principles of Animation in an interesting way with Disney examples.
Fint the Animation Techniques to use for a project, or learn how to make Brickfilms or Claymations
Take a Pixar Studios Virtual Tour without leaving home.
Discover how useful Animation can be in different industries.
Look up some Animation Careers.
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