The Phonotrope Analog Techniques Tips

Learn how to create looping animations using analog elements that can be filmed with a camera and then refined in programs like After Effects. The “phonotrope” technique shown in this course uses the rotations of a record player to create the illusion of motion. Owen Lowery provides instructions on creating paper animation loops by hand, then going back and forth from the computer to plan and execute a more advanced animation using After Effects and Photoshop.

You’ll get hands on and color, cut, paste, and draw and, along the way, learn about the logistics of player speeds, frames, video capture, and lighting. In the final chapter, you’ll get tips and inspiration for taking your phonotrope to the next level with transparency and mixed media.

Topics include:

  • Introducing the phonotrope
  • Understanding frame and speed settings
  • Experimenting with drawing and play dough
  • Using Illustrator and Photoshop to plan a phonotrope guide
  • Preparing After Effects for a phonotrope animation
  • Shooting, lighting, and editing animation footage