Animation – the rapid display of a sequence of images to create an illusion of movement.
Lead (key) animator – oversees a team of animators. This person delegates responsibilities and ensures the successful completion of an animation project.
Character Model – A small object, usually built to scale, that represents in detail another, often larger object.
Marquette – a small scale model.
Rough Animation Drawings – The original, first generation sketch by the animators in creating the movement in a scene.
Key Drawings – the drawings that are essential to animating a character.
Inbetweens – the process of generating intermediate frames between two images to give the appearance that the first image evolves smoothly.
Breakdowns – the middle drawings that serve as the principle transition actions between two keys.
Clean ups – where “clean” versions of the “rough” animation drawings are produced.
Background Drawing – The process of drawing the background for an animation.
Cel – short for celluloid, is a transparent sheet on which objects are drawn or painted for traditional, hand-drawn animation.
Sequence – defines which movement the viewer will see.
Timing out –
Rendering – the process of generating an image from a model (or models in what collectively could be called a scene file), by means of computer programs.
Motion Blur – the apparent streaking of rapidly moving objects in a still image or a sequence of images such as a movie or animation.
Depth of field – the distance between the nearest and farthest objects in a scene that appear acceptably sharp in an image.
Rotoscoping – an animation technique in which animators trace over footage, frame by frame, for use in live-action and animated films.
Stop-Motion – (also known as stop frame) is an animation technique to make a physically manipulated object appear to move on its own.
Claymation – Each animated piece, either character or background, is “deformable”—made of a malleable substance, usually Plasticine clay.
Puppetoons – is a type of replacement animation, which is itself a type of stop-motion animation. In traditional stop-motion, the puppets are made with movable parts which are repositioned between frames to create the illusion of motion when the frames are played in rapid sequence.
Flash – manipulates vector and raster graphics to provide animation of text, drawings, and still images.
Shockwave – allows Adobe Director applications to be published on the Internet and viewed in a web browser on any computer which has the Shockwave plug-in installed.
Anime -a style of animation originating in Japan, characterized by colorful graphics and often featuring themes intended for an adult audience.