Animating A 2D Still – Video Tutorial

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Still images can be a powerful medium to help enhance a segment of your film. Take the short sequence from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The antagonist, Arnim Zola, is explaining his evil plans to Captain America. Steve Rogers and us the audience watch his evil plan unfold on screen, which is told through a series of still images and old newsreel footage. The filmmakers have employed various techniques with the still images to keep the kinetic energy moving on-screen. You have a film grain overlay along with film burns, snap-zooms, quick cuts, animated graphics and a lot more.

Just showing images on their own without any movement can often be boring and will cause your viewer can lose interest.

The Method

Another method of adding kinetic energy to a still within your film is to animate your still to look three dimensional. It is a creative way to insert stills or images into your movie, and the best part about it? You don’t have to be an animating pro to learn how to do it. It’s a very simple technique. Below is a tutorial that shows you the method on how you can animate a 2D still. Let us know if you’ve animated a picture. We would love to check it out.


About The Author

Lewis McGregor is an aspiring filmmaker, photographer and online content creator from Wales.