Animation : Does anyone still do hand drawing animation? by Robert Rosenbaum

Robert Rosenbaum

Does anyone still do hand drawing animation?

I am interested in producing one of my short scripts into an animated film. I have done animation and worked with animators in the past, but it seems today everyone goes to 3D. I have the script ready and I am working on doing the voice recording. It is two characters, about 10 mins long. I'm looking for something old style line-drawing. This is a low/no budget short, but I believe with the right partner we could make a great showcase short that we could enter in festivals.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hi Robert. :) Perhaps post this in the Jobs section. Your project sounds great, BTW. Best to you, sir!

Robert Rosenbaum

I knew you would say that, Beth! I am looking for a partner in this rather than someone to hire, so I was thinking this might be the better place to look. I'll be posting on my Stage too.

Regina Lee

I'm not saying it's easy, because not a lot is easy. But you never know.

Robert Rosenbaum

Linda - Something in between, with style. There is an animated short called '8 Bullets' To be honest, I'm not crazy about the film, but it is an example of the kind of drawing style I think would work.

Laurie Ashbourne

Robert - to answer your question yes! There are different ways it is done, one of the most common now is TVpaint or Toonbox, where it is drawn on screen usually with expensive equipment. But if you are not in a hurry, over the next few months two online resources will be available where you can connect with artists all over the world, look at their style and engage with them to create whatever resource you need with the budget you set. It is groundbreaking for those in the industry. and Best of luck

Robert Rosenbaum

That sounds great Laurie, please keep me informed! I am considering going ahead and storyboarding the script and doing the voiceover with actors. However, as I said to Beth, I am looking for a partner in this and do not think a job listing is the right approach. I hope the two resources of which you speak will allow me to post my idea and find a partner. If you have any other ideas on how to find an animation artist partner please let me know.

Laurie Ashbourne

Go to their sites and sign up for updates. In the meantime, the best thing to do is familiarize yourself with the space as much as possible, animators are constantly asked to do work on spec or free and it's a sure way to get a 'no' if you don't understand how involved their time is. Here's another site that has a lot of director talent: But again, I'd be clear on what you want out of the partnership and clear on what and how the work is being produced out there before approaching. A 'general' rule of thumb, expect it to cost as least 10K per minute. Hand drawn does not mean less expensive -- but it does look much nicer!

Grant Griffith

Have you considered asking Art Schools/professors to partner with you? It could be a class assignment or a student show project...The professors are always trying to give their students "real life" experiences via case studies. Just a thought...If you need a teenage voice, be glad to help. Wishing you much success, Grant.

Elaine J Jackson

I tried the student approach with a recent project of mine, Grant, but got no response. The theory is sound, though - perhaps I just didn't chose the right time to make contact, or the right college... wish you all the best with your project, Robert. Elaine

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