Research 3D Animation can be defined as a rapid display of either two or three dimensional images, with the purpose of creating an illusion of movement. (source: Wikipedia)
I started my research into this field by look into it’s history and how it came to be.
Firstly to understand how 3D animation developed over the years, I needed to understand the origins and the history of animation itself. Early processes of creating animations were hand-drawn and often stopframe, still images played at a fast pace. The earliest known example of animation was created by Arthur Melbourne Cooper and was called ‘Matches: An Appeal’. It was made in 1899 and was created to advertise Bryant & May matches. It created a sensation when it was shown. Although animation is often assosicated with cartoons and characters, this has not always been the case. In the 19th century animation was created with such devices as the zoetrope, pheakistoscope and even the flip-book. (source: Short history if 3D animation, Neil Scholes, 2007)