• Project III – (Final) Mise-en-Scène – 75 + Cell (25 + Second) Roto-Type-Animation Sequence

Start at the beginning – Choose a passage + author (usually a few sentences) to animate:

Imagine your narrative… (below > for example… is a collection of Saul Bass’ storyboard sketches for Alfred Hitchcock’s famous thriller ‘Psycho’)… a great series of a hand-drawn rotoscope/animation cells in chronological (order) sequence >


In comparison, the size of these small sheets of paper (below > in the tutorial section… towards the base of the page) are : 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″ ea. (quarters of a letter sheet).

Smaller paper is helpful, to increase the proportion of type in comparison to the space.

Each sheet can be photographed with a digital camera (or phone)… or scanned.

If the sheets (“frames”) are photographed/scanned in the order they were created…
it should be easy to plan and track the development of an animation sequence chronologically.

Erasing and replacing the background, with another set of stop-motion images, can create a very dynamic, multi-layered rotoscope/motion image – much like a short film (*Consider Saul Bass’ title sequence for Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’) >



Changes (additions, subtractions) to each frame, adding text, repositioning the ‘artwork’ can be managed in Photoshop (or Illustrator), with access to a full library of fonts (as well).

Ultimately it is very playful to collage word + image (as in this series of script-pages from Eugene Ionesco’s stage play publication: La Cantatrice Chauve (The Bald Soprano), designed by Robert Massin) >


One letter and word… at a time, allowing for new ideas to take hold throughout the progression of frames – 75 + (or more…) frames (25 + seconds) – may not be enough… feel free to create a larger, more elaborate and longer-time-period… for the final animation.

*Note: this means your numbering system: 01, 02, 03 may change to 001, 002, 003… if you anticipate having more than 100 + frames (total).

*Again a series of sequential photos… can be added (…also in numbered order) as a backdrop… (much like creating another world to replace a green screen) allowing for ‘special effects.’

*Also – Remember to incorporate the use of your own original typeface / font… >

These 50 frames… usher in the beginning of my favorite passage by Black Elk >

power01 power02 power03 power04 power05power06power07   power08 power09 power10 power11 power12 power13 power14 power15 power16 power17 power18 power19 power20 power21 power22 power23 power24 power25 power26 power27 power28 power29 power30 power31 power32 power33 power34 power35 power36 power37 power38 power39 power40 power41 power42 power43 power44 power45 power46 power47 power48 power49 power50

“The power of the world always works in circles,
and everything tries to be round. The sky is round,
and I have heard that the earth is like a ball, and
so are all the stars. The wind, in its great power,
whirls; birds make their nests in circles, for theirs
is the same religion as ours. The sun and moon, both
round, come forth and go down again in a circle.
Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing,
and always come back again to where they were. The
life of a person is a circle from childhood to childhood,
and so it is in everything where power moves.”
– Black Elk


Roto-Type-Animation Introduction ( + frames directly above ) – by Mrs Cruz

Questions? EmailAM32@sunywcc.edu