Friday, May 20

Animation

3 Mistakes to Avoid in Animation

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There are three mistakes that amateur animators do, and if you spot them in videos from YouTube, then you know the animator is a beginner, so don't be so hard on them. But be warned, people who make mistakes don't know they are doing them, and nobody is telling them, so, how would you know if you are doing things correctly?Only Action with no Anticipation or AftermathTaking the example of the amateurish animators posting videos on YouTube, have you noticed the problem has to do with the unnatural movement of the characters? That happens because there is no anticipation or aftermathFor example, a martial artist throwing a punch while training. You can think of three key poses: clenched fists in guard position, then the "punching arm" extended, then back to the original position. That's what...

Family Guy and the Parent Television Council

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On February 8, 2015, Family Guy released an episode entitled "Quagmire's Mom." In the episode, the sex-addicted reoccurring character, Glen Quagmire, is arrested for having sex with a high school girl. After claiming that his mom is the reason that he grew up to be a sexual deviant, Quagmire is still sentenced to twenty years in prison. However, his mom then enters the episode and finds a way to get her son acquitted of his charges. While I am a huge fan of Family Guy, I personally thought this episode was mediocre. However, I apparently loved this episode compared to the Parent Television Council.The Parent Television Council is probably more active in attacking Family Guy than any other major organization. Family Guy has made their yearly list of "worst prime-time shows for family viewin...

Paprika Anime Analysis

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Paprika is an amazingly complex and entertaining anime. It takes us into a different world and shows us incredible events mainly from the perspective of Doctor Atsuko Chiba and Detective Toshimi Konakawa. Chiba leads a research team in the development of a device to be used for psychotherapy called the DC Mini. She starts using it to treat Konakawa, but somebody steals the DC Mini and throws the world into chaos as dreams and reality begin to merge. Paprika is a representation of contemporary Japanese society as it deals with issues of becoming an increasingly technological society.Paprika shows the dangers and benefits of technology. The idea that technology can have good and bad components is common to many other anime in science fiction, apocalyptic, and mecha genres. J. P. Telotte term...

Why Animated Videos Should Be Professionally Designed

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An interesting way to spread education, to explain some key concept or to make abstract theories easy is to explain through a video. One of the most popular ways to do it is to make animated videos. These videos are not only fun to watch but are more engrossing than a book or paper would be. Besides, they can encapsulate a lot within a few minutes. For this reason, the top video sites are full of such creative content which is not just amazing for its audio-visual quality but also tends to make the most difficult things appear extremely simple.But it is not easy to create such a video which needs to be short and crisp without keeping vital information out. This is really difficult to achieve as most people find it nearly impossible to keep it short without leaving out information. So, corp...

Animation – It Has Life In It

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'Animation' the word itself bespeaks loud that it has life in it. It is all about putting life into characters and models and making them look real and life-like. The story goes, to a couple of years back when becoming an animator was like a dream come true. But going down twenty years, the dream was practically impossible, for many to achieve. Then becoming an animator meant going to college, studying an illustrative graduation degree or probably if you are lucky enough you might get yourself an apprenticeship from a professional animator. It was earlier a mere diploma degree. But these days the path to becoming an animator is easier as many of the colleges are offering a certified degree course in animation.Disney Dreams are no longer intangible. With the advent of Pixar, Toy Story 3D, a...

Naruto (The Will of Fire)

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Anyone familiar with the anime/manga series Naruto Shippuden would definitely know of the main characters' undaunted heroism in the quest to end the pain in the lives of those around him and bring peace to not just the hidden leaf village but all surrounding hidden villages and their territories. Uzumaki Naruto's "will of fire" not just leads him to aspire to become the next Hokage of his village, but also inspires all those around him to train harder to become better at protecting the people they love.Naruto Shippuden starting from the first episode; gave off that impression that it was nothing more than a 'watch cause there's nothing better to watch anime'. At the beginning a lot of interesting facts were down played in the anime; like the fact that; Naruto is the child of legend, that t...

4 Ways to Speed Up Your Animation Working Time

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One of the most important things ever in any project is the ability to save time. Perfectionists need to save time, so they can improve their work. Directors need to have the project ahead of time to review the work again and again and handle any changes before the deadline. Big studios need to be ahead of schedule.So, here comes the bummer. Who is the one with the responsibility to deliver an animation on time? Well. Bad news. You. Yes, you, the Animator. The fate of humanity rests on your shoulders, think of yourself of a Hero on a journey that needs a couple of tips to make the adventure more enjoyable and short.I. HAVE A HIGH APM (Actions Per Minute)To be faster at anything, you need to have a way to measure Actions Per Minute. There are two ways to copy and paste anything in the virtu...

Produce No Budget Animation

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The key to produce animation with no budget is by getting all the resources for free, like software or training.Production WorkflowOf course, to produce animation you need to understand the complete process. Here is the summary of what is needed: Script, Storyboard, Audio Dialogue Recording, Music, Sound Effects, Sound Editing, Animatic, Character Design, Animation, Scene Compositions and finally, the Editing.And if you want to achieve this, you need software. Don't worry, at the end of this article you will find the names of the programs and applications that you can download for free.Script and StoryboardBefore the script, you need the idea for your next story, once you have that, you can start writing. The best way to do this is by using a professional Script Writing Application that ca...

What Are Whiteboard Animations and How Do They Work?

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One of the most notable things about whiteboard videos, is how much people enjoy watching them. They take viewers on a visual ride. The messages that whiteboard videos portray are often technical, but their story telling method simplifies the information, and makes them enjoyable to watch. Because people enjoy watching these videos, they do not think of them like ads, and often times do not realize they are being taught or sold too. Whiteboard animation videos are a great, modern marketing technique.Utilizing new marketing techniques can make all the difference for a business of any size. Companies that begin using modern technology to spread the word about their products and services have been proven to increase revenue. Whiteboard animation was created through the Internet marketing evol...

5 Common Character Archetypes in Cartoons

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Whether we're looking at Shakespeare or SpongeBob, there are common character archetypes that appear in stories across time and cultures. Archetypes are characterized or classified by the role they serve or their purpose in a story. The classical archetypes of a good story include the protagonist and antagonist, the mentor, the sidekick, and the love interest. Let's take a closer look at these five archetypes and how animation studios bring them to life.The ProtagonistThis protagonist is the main character in a story, show or movie. In many cases, this character turns out to be the hero. It is usually easy to identify the protagonist because the storyline revolves around them and their lives, problems and internal conflicts. Roughly, in Greek, the word protagonist translates to "player of ...