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How do animated movies actually work and what does this have to do with math?


Animated movies are movies that consist of many rapidly sequentially drawn, computer-calculated or photographed individual images. A huge breakthrough for the animated movies was the fact that not every single picture was drawn, but only crucial pictures called "keyframes". But how exactly can we put the images together in such a way that the movements appear fluid and we cannot identify the images as such? How exactly do animated films work? And what does that have to do with math?

During the CAMMP day, students work interactively in small groups on the problem of how the movements between individual images can be approximated, i. e. interpolated by functions so that the human eye perceives the sequence as a fluid movement. They use the MATLAB computer software, whereby the digital worksheets are simplified to such an extent that no knowledge of the program or other programming is required. The workshop is designed to be action-oriented, as the students create different animations during the CAMMP day.

Duration: from 5 hours (incl. lunch break)
Contents: interpolation
Previous knowledge: functional concept
Participants: Advanced Mathematics Courses
Created by: Kirsten Wohak, Jannick Wolters
Registration: Appointments can be arranged individually by email.