Animation

Discuss, share content and offer advice or tips regarding technique, trends, software, advice, tips and all other pertinent issues related to animation

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Amanda Toney
Writing Animation - Webinar with Netflix Director

Hey everyone - I'm excited to be bringing in a director for the Netflix series Paradise PD, Mike Disa to teach a webinar exclusively for Stage 32: https://www.stage32.com/webinars/Writing-for-Animation-Features-and-TV

He's going to be teaching about writing for animated features & TV...make sure to sign up! It's going to be awesome.

Faruku Sayyadi

great

Michael Wearing
Animation scripts

Hi guys, I’m currently writing an animated script and as I have only written live action before would appreciate if any one could point me in the right direction of a good animation script, or two. That is one that makes it easy for the animator to understand my vision. Many thanks

Amber Greenlee

The Script:

Animation is a strange beast. Unlike Live-action, where you type direction for the actors to interpret, in an animated script you may feel you have to describe EVERYTHING because there is a Expand comment
Michael Wearing

Thanks for this Amber. Really helpful

Deneuve Brutus
Catherine Bagaaya
Teaching Animation

Hi, Cathy here from Kampala, Uganda. This is my first time posting, I am so excited to be surrounded by Creative from all over the world. I have a class of amazing brilliant young animators in the making and I am responsible for them, handling the script bit. I am more of a live action writer myself...

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Stephen Floyd

The big difference between live-action and animation is the amount of detail in your script. Animation needs more descriptions of settings, character appearances, important objects and so forth becaus...

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Simon Turnbull

Absolutely right. however, let me add this. When we're storyboarding we add a lot of extra business, new gags and subtext that isn't in the script. So there is improvisation, it just happens in the st...

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Gary Smiley

There's less drawing in animation than people think (by that I mean 'high' art). More about refining lines but mainly these are simple shapes. So for those who think they can't do art should still con...

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Steven Vandrilla

Hi Catherine. We are in the US. We are working on an animation that has one of the 2 main characters moving between the Congo... Uganda... and the US. Both characters are real with powers that are ima...

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Amber Greenlee

Oooh! I can answer this. I taught animation classes for several years to a variety of ages.

Clay is a great way to introduce young children into the concepts of animation. Do not use play-doh. Polymer...

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Amanda Toney
50 Animation Tools And Resources For Digital Learners

Pretty cool find for some free resources for animators...check it out! https://www.teachthought.com/technology/50-animation-tools-resources-dig......

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50 Free Animation Tools And Resources For Digital Learners
50 Free Animation Tools And Resources For Digital Learners
by Lisa Chesser, opencolleges.edu.au A purple monster with wild curls spiraling out of control explains the economics of oil production in the Sudan to students in Los Angeles, Sydney, Berlin, Jerusal…
Gianni Nugoli

Tanks Amanda

Amanda Toney

My pleasure Gianni Nugoli !

Dustin Sweet

Thank you Amanda!

Glori FK

Thank you Amanda

Mohamed AbdulRahim

Thank you Amanda . I am happy to accept with you

Chris Norby
Software recommendations

Good evening everyone

I am currently working on an animated project I have written and could really use some recommendations as far as some new software is concerned. I'm currently working with Daz3D software and I do enjoy the results, however I cannot shake the feeling of spending too much time, ef...

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Bob Harper

Blender is free and has a big support community and plenty of available resource materials for training.

Dustin Sweet

You can also port your Daz models across, so you won't lose assets.

Rolf Mohr

Agreed Blender could be the answer you're looking for. It's come a long way and has almost caught up with industry standard Maya for animation and is competitive with other 3d modeling software that c...

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Pooya Khodadadi
Animation forums

Hello,

What is a good website when it comes to discussing animations and animation voice overs? Any help would be appreciated.

Megan Max

Hi Pooya, I can help you to find best animation service providers

Marcus McClellan
Just a quick question for Daniel Kendrick, Jason Mirch, and Dan Scheinkman.

How much traction do animated shorts gain with you guys? Something on the order of the little squirrel thingie that Ice Age movies do. Before I pulled the trigger on a pitch I was wondering if it's just wasting my time unless you were only looking for feature length animateds. How short is TOO SHORT? in other words.

Jason Mirch

If I understand your question correctly, you want to know if you should pitch a short to an established animation company for the purposes of production. If that is the case then I would say that in o...

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Marcus McClellan

Thank you Jason! I don't normally write animations. I've written quite a few short scripts, many of them based on short stories I've had published by various publishers over the years. (several are in...

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Richard "RB" Botto

Some killer info right there from Mr. Kendrick and Mr. Mirch!

Marcus McClellan

I am soooo stoked! Thanks again guys!

Mmapaseka Mokhonoana

Awesome. Thank you for this fruitful information.

Renee J Lukas
Women in Animation

Hi Everyone,

I've been working with a producer to develop my comedy animation series. We have a killer pilot script, bible, everything. I've been looking for funding sources, and since I'm a female animation screenwriter, I was hoping to connect with organizations like Women in Animation. After going...

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Teresa Vilaseca

I'm a member of Women in Animation - it's more of a networking organization than anything with speaking panels, networking events, and a mentor program. They're very focused on getting more women work...

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Renee J Lukas

Teresa - Sorry I didn't see this sooner. Thanks for the info! I appreciate it!

Amber Greenlee

Try writing for a grant first: http://www.filmdaily.tv/grants/list-film-grants-women

It is easier to find money once you already have some money put towards your project. A grant is a good stepping stone towards full funding.

Rick Oldham
Collaboration

Looking for an animator. I have a wonderful short story I would love to have animated. I think it's a worthy project. It's called the 4th hole. . Please inbox me. Full story on my profile page. A marginal golfer has the experience of a lifetime. A perfect drive leads to an interaction with a curious...

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Steven M. Cross
Pardon the lack of knowledge

I don't know much about animation, and that will show with this question. I wrote an epic fantasy screenplay that would probably cost a fortune to make. It could also make a good animated film. I just wondered first, if fantasy is less expensive, and two, are animated films ever made from scripts meant to be live action?

Bob Harper

Hi Steven, for animated films, genre isn't the baseline for budget. It all depends on what you have going on. An animated version of Star Wars would cost more than an animated version of Dragonslayer...

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Steven M. Cross

Thanks, Bob, for the information. I appreciate. Like I said, I'm not incredibly knowledgeable about some things.

Stephen Floyd
Voice acting

My friend wants to break into voice acting, particularly in anime. I want to support him but know next to nothing about the profession. What are some useful resources, online or otherwise, to help such a person get started?

Derek Reid

I don't know much about it but I've seen that a co-founder of a voice-acting list service has done a couple of blogs here IE: https://www.stage32.com/blog/How-to-Break-Into-Voice-Acting - although thi...

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Richard "RB" Botto
Hollywood Reporter's Animation Roundtable

For all my friends working in animation. Enjoy!

"We Need New Voices, New Storytellers": The Animation Roundtable

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/we-need-new-voices-new-storyt......

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"We Need New Voices, New Storytellers": The Animation Roundtable
"We Need New Voices, New Storytellers": The Animation Roundtable
Although they often inhabit fantasy realms, animated features aren't necessarily about escaping from the real world. The new Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse reflects multicultural realities and Incr…
Evelyn von Warnitz

Thank you Richard!

Ramus Labiapari

Great link. Animation has evolved a lot since the early 90's.

Brian Graf

Great article and valuable info and insights into this arena. Animation is an arena I hope to get to work in.

Richard "RB" Botto

Glad you enjoyed, Brian

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