Tablescape Animation


From childhood, we often make stories extemporarily by drawing characters and/or playing puppets by hands. On the other hand, when we make animations using computer software, we usually have to use a mouse and a keyboard. For creating animation stories easily and extemporarily, more intuitive interfaces are needed. To improve these conditions, we focused on tabletop physical objects as an interface and propose a novel support system for creating animations named Tablescape Animation. In this system, users can draw characters by hands and control the character actions by handling tabletop physical objects as well as playing puppets. In this paper, we describe the system design of Tablescape Animation and workshops using this system.



Yasuaki Kakehi


Yasuaki Kakehi, Junichi Yamaoka, Daisuke Akatsuka, and Takeshi Naemura:

“Tablescape Animation: A Support System for Making Animations Using Tabletop Physical Objects,”

accepted to ACM SIGGRAPH 2009 Talks (2009.8).