Cinematographic Techniques in Architectural Animations

Posted by: Admin | Posted on: November 12th, 2012

With the development of advanced three dimensional animation techniques, interpreting the various aspects of an architectural project has become quite easy and the whole process has become quite efficient. With the help of the animation designs, clients are being able to get access to the realistic views of different architectural projects. Moreover, it has become easier to communicate the architectural design ideas and concepts among the engineers and designers so as to get an effective output.

No doubt, the animation technologies have played a great role in transforming the whole architectural design scenario; however, there are still some issues that have not yet been solved by the use of these techniques. For example, the designers are not being able to exhibit the project by the use of dynamic or moving images. Moreover, the animation techniques are used mainly for the general purposes and they do not possess any specific add-ons for the different architectural visualizations. In order to eliminate these shortcomings, the cinematographic techniques are now being implemented in the architectural projects, to have an all round real-time visualization of the project.

What are Cinematographic Techniques?

Cinematographic techniques are a well known and a very vital procedure used in the film making process. More specifically, they are a group of essential techniques which are being implemented in the development of high quality films. The different techniques included under cinematography are digital video lighting, three point lighting, size of the shot, matte and forced perspective etc.

Out of the above techniques, the forced perspective technique is used in the architectural animation projects in addition to film making. It is an optical illusion technique, by the help of which it is possible to represent a particular structure as taller, larger, smaller, farther, closer etc. by adjusting the scale of the objects. This technique is very helpful for the viewers, in getting access to the desired view of the architectural design.

Coordination between the Film Making Culture and the Architectural Culture

There are three key areas of the film making process that the architectural designers need to consider in order to implement those in the architectural projects. These are:

  • Architectural language to express the whole design.
  • Getting the perception of emotionally realistic spaces with the help of moving image presentations.
  • Interactive human representations within the designs.

Architectural language: In the film making process, the narrations are developed by using the continuity editing technique. In the architectural scenario also, the designers make use of the moving image induction technique so as to understand the design better.

Realistic Space: For creating realistic and expressive spaces within the architectural designs, the designers thoroughly feel the space and work with the moving images.

Interactive human representations: Human representations are a surefire way to make the architectural design more lively and expressive. The designers analyze both the time and space aspects in real time and create an illusion of continuous movement of the architectural parts and the human beings. They develop a coherence between the static and dynamic environment of the design and maintain that coherence in order to give rise to a lively animation project.