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Bob Harper
Dreams - An Anthology

Hello everyone! I have been consulting for Brainstorm Productions, a nonprofit animation studio comprised of Neurodivergent artists, most on the Autism Spectrum. They have been working hard on an anthology of animated shorts based on the theme, Dreams. Each artist is writing, directing, and producin...

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Maurice Vaughan

You're welcome, Bob Harper. And thanks. I'm gonna share Ramon's video on my social media.

Brian Gunter

As someone who’s on the spectrum and has a son on the spectrum, thank you for sharing this! I had no idea this existed! I can’t wait to share this with my family!

Bob Harper

Brian Gunter I'm glad you found us. I also have a son on the spectrum. It's the main reason I am so passionate about this project.

Brian Gunter

Bob Harper I feel you. I watched the first episode and I think my kids will love it! Especially who it’s coming from. So good for you and please pass along another “great job” to the team. We’ll stay...

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Bob Harper

Brian Gunter Thanks, I will let our team know!

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Kumar Sambhav
Is there any lounge here where match making is done

Please help with any lounge where matchmaking is done, like a producer is looking for an animation studio, Indie filmmaker is looking VFX studio, instead of going to MIP/AFM/KIDSCREEN, we will hang in the matchmaking lounge. I am actively looking for someone who can represent my Animation studio in...

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Bob Harper

Kumar Sambhav That padding of the budget is a problem that persists. They don't understand that there is no ROI for those budgets for independent animated films at that budget, especially when there s...

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Kumar Sambhav

Bob Harper Remember I ran the numbers for you for your film, at that time we were still using MAYA and ARNOLD , It was 628k , But now with Blender you can slash that further to 350k for 90 min CGI , 2...

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Niki Galiano

@kumar - Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match....find me a find....catch me a catch....Lol ....Sorry....couldn't resist. Actually, that's a great idea. I currently do all my own SFX and VFX with my...

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Kumar Sambhav

Niki Galiano soooooopaaaar Rhyme ...Just Buzz me whenever you need our Studio.

Bob Harper

Kumar Sambhav, I suggest that instead of getting a rep to sell your services, you get investors to produce your own content.

Maurice Vaughan
Coffee & Content: The 12 Principles of Animation Explained

Stage 32’s founder and CEO, Richard “RB” Botto, shares two videos in today’s blog.

The first video explains the 12 Principles of Animation.

In the second video, RB shares his number one rule when taking criticism.

Grab your coffee/tea/juice/etc. and jump in!

www.stage32.com/blog/coffee-content-the-...

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Terence Daniels
Types of Anime Hand 2 Hand Fight Sequence Styles

Take your time. These are videos that show, rather that tell the sorts of repeated standards and anomalies that I found in repeated use in anime.

Fights VARIABLE

Characteristic, anatomy, and or effect(FX) that is represented as the dominant, contrasting, or dueling opposite factor in a fight between (...

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Kevin Jackson

Thanks for posting. I love me some Anime fight scenes. Will check these all out later. Dying to do my own anime fight scene soon.

Daniel Husbands

Fight scenes have their own style and flair, and it's always interesting to see how their going to turn out. Will have to check this out Terence Daniels

Bob Harper

This loos pretty cool.

Terence Daniels

I hope you don't mind the mistakes and repeats in there. I was looking at a lot of footage but mostly the best from other bests. The terminology is one word meant to convey an overarching idea concern...

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Matthew D Rhodes
Use of 3D animation vs 2D

When it comes to trying to set up my animation studio I was always wondering which would be better for my projects when I got a chance to see the use of Unreal engine 5 for video games. being able to place near realistic characters within a scene through puppeteering vs having to draw each scene by...

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Kevin Jackson

Matthew D Rhodes I remember Final Fantasy The Spirits Within and it does remain a benchmark for me. When I saw it I knew animation would not be the same again. It was amazing to see how real it looked...

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Terence Daniels

Matthew D Rhodes Have you generated any visuals yet, I really thrive on such things.

Matthew D Rhodes

Terence Daniels I've got some concepts art and I've been in contact with a professor that is allowing his students to use a scene from my project as a class project and I'll be given the final to use...

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Bob Harper

Any style can now be marketed to any age group. Blue Eye Samurai is 2D and very R-rated, and Sausage Party, on the surface, looked like a Kids' movie but was also R-rated. As many have pointed out, it...

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Matthew D Rhodes

Bob Harper It's a good thing Unreal Engine doesn't charge to use until you make money off your projects.

Sari Eliza
Do you know this Ben Marvazi?

Found this website while searching for a way to understand animation business better. Ben Marvazi founded Promoshin, the providers of 'animated explainer videos', before setting up this educational package for the freelancers in animation. Only a signup is needed to provide all-free lessons and trai...

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Business of Animation | Business School For Animators
Business of Animation | Business School For Animators
We help animators start and build successful freelance businesses or animation studios by teaching and coaching them on the business side of animation.
Amanda Toney

Definitely do your due diligence before engaging. Thanks for sharing.

Bob Harper

I've seen them around social media. These kinds of courses can often be outdated and not very practical for some, but if they are free, then what would be the harm in exploring?

Mike Boas
Google's Lumiere for AI video creation

Holy cow. I want to try this. Lumiere has a spacial awareness that previous video creation tools don't have.

Article here: https://www.cartoonbrew.com/tools/lumiere-googles-new-ai-model-creates-fully-animated-video-from-text-and-photo-prompts-237447.html

And Lumiere demo page here:

https://lumiere-vid...

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Kevin Jackson

Interesting

Amanda Toney

That is unreal. Wow. Thanks for sharing. Even the section where it edited the woman wearing a dress "wear a gold or purple gown" - that technical implication can also span to e-commerce retailers to use for their products. Crazy.

Bob Harper

It is scary and amazing how fast AI is growing.

Terence Daniels
2D CG Aniimated Mars Express Official Trailer

Always a good sign when films like this get made. What do they have to lose by investing in animation right now especially if it has an anime hybrid style to it. The west's reaction to the more mature styles and themes had been shamefully slow.

Take for example Gobelins in France. They've been teac...

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Maurice Vaughan

"Mars Express" looks exciting Terence Daniels! I like the animation style.

Bob Harper

Unfortunately, we can't force a culture to like something. For instance, outside of Japan, Star Wars isn't that popular in Asia.

Mike Boas
Maurice Vaughan

Wow, "Harold Halibut" looks incredible, Mike Boas! I thought stop-motion was only used in movies.

Daniel Husbands

I saw this showcased somewhere, very cool style. There's something about stop-motion that people just can't get enough of, and to incorporate it into gameplay is a new take on it.

Mike Boas

Technically not stop motion, but taking the scanned puppets and elements then animating in the computer. Groundbreaking!

Bob Harper

I always love seeing passion pieces making it to their destinations.

Kevin Jackson
Youtube as a distribution model for animated series

Question: What do you think of Youtube as a distribution model for an animated series? One can spend years pitching their project before finding success. Are there any success stories of persons or studios that went the Youtube route and became successful with their series?

Success would look like ei...

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Daniel Husbands

It may take some time before Youtube covers productions cost, but as has been previously mentioned it is a great way to see if what you've got can attract an audience. Sometimes a great idea is before...

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Mike Boas

Ok Kamar, I see what you mean. That sounds like advertising, not affecting number of times the algorithm promotes your video in searches. A slight distinction in my mind.

I’ll also say that putting an...

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Kumar Sambhav

Mike Boas Yes Youtube is a good way to promote your content to get some early traction to show engagement with your content to your investors, the 2d Anime teaser i posted recently , that IP is on tik...

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Bob Harper

Youtube is viable for getting your work out there, and if you can build an audience to attract sponsors, then you have a better shot of making money. Whether it is YouTube, Roku etc. the future of ent...

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Geoff Hall

Has anyone tried to, or successfully used Crunchyroll?

Mike Boas
Hundreds of Beavers out on streaming

I loved this movie! A mashup of silent cinema and looney tunes with a dose of video game logic. Mostly live action, but I’m posting here because it’s full of After Effects animation and post work. (No, I’m not associated with the production. Just wanted to encourage people to check it out.)

Really s...

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Hundreds of Beavers | Official Website
Hundreds of Beavers | Official Website
Watch the trailer, find screenings & book tickets for Hundreds of Beavers on the official site. Directed by: Mike Cheslik. Starring: Ryland Brickson Cole Tews, Olivia Graves, Wes Tank, Doug Mancheski, Luis Rico
Maurice Vaughan

This looks fun, Mike Boas! "Really shows what you can do with imagination and not much money" I only work in the indie world right now, so I know exactly what you mean. I gotta check out "Hundreds of...

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Ashley Renee Smith

It looks awesome, Mike Boas! I'm adding it to my watchlist ASAP!

Daniel Husbands

Very imaginative, thanks for the share Mike Boas

Bob Harper

Just watched it with my daughter. We couldn't stop chuckling all the way through it.

Daniel Husbands
The Most Important Rules for Animating

I've found StudioBinder to be really good a breaking down all sorts of things. Here is some animation principles that every animator should know. If you've got any other principles that you think that might be a good add to this list please feel free to share with the community.

https://youtu.be/tYc1...

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Bob Harper

Thanks for sharing. The twelve principles are always desirable; however, when it comes to short deadlines and high quotas, the inside joke is that we can only afford three!

Mike Boas

Fast, good, or cheap. Pick two!

Daniel Husbands

Which principle can you get away with the most Bob Harper ?

Bob Harper

Daniel Husbands It depends on the project, the deadline and the goal of the project, but usually the three we can use and get away with and still make a project watchable are easing, arcs and timing....

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Mike Boas

Many are just baked into the process. Pose-to-pose is HOW to animate. Staging is HOW to communicate clearly.

That said, I animated for years without eases. I was able to tell stories fine, but shots lacked a certain finesse.

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