Animating observed emotional behaviour: a practice-based investigation comparing three approaches to self-figurative animation

Mobbs, Sophie-Anne (2019) Animating observed emotional behaviour: a practice-based investigation comparing three approaches to self-figurative animation. Masters thesis, Middlesex University.

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Abstract

This research explores different animation approaches to rendering observed emotional behaviour, through the creation of an animated artefact. It opens with an introduction to the research and the methodology chosen before progressing to a review of academic and practitioner-based literature associated with observed emotional behaviour. Building upon this foundation of literature, the thesis outlines how the artifact was created with a practice based approach drawn from Haseman’s cycle of creation, feedback, reflection and then creation. The main research question is augmented by a series of contributory questions that explore the research through iterations of animation drawn from a base of live action footage of observed emotional behaviour. These exploratory iterations progress though motion capture, rotoscopy and finally freeform animation. The completed artifact and its findings are explored first though a perception study and then a production study. This thesis is based on the investigation and discourse of observed emotional behaviour surrounding the use of animation, specifically, the direct study of the observation of emotional behaviour through the application of animation as a tool of research. It aims to provide a basis of discussion and contribution to knowledge for animation practitioners, theorists and practitioner-researchers seeking to use less performative and exaggerated forms.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Research Areas: A. > School of Art and Design
B. > Theses
Item ID: 26400
Depositing User: Brigitte Joerg
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2019 09:37
Last Modified: 06 May 2019 06:13
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/26400

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