Animation

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

Cee Whirx
Sika Senshi (Update #5)

Hey, Stage32ers, Cee here. Exciting news! I'm working together with a friend who wrote a pilot for a possible animated series to help write the script for my "Sika Senshi" project. So far, we've settled on an outline for the overall story, so now my friend is working together with me on ideas for wh...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Congrats, Cee, that's awesome! Let us know how it goes!

Damion Gonzales

Nice

Christian Nommay

Very cool!

Kevin Jackson
How do you sell an animation Script or Show Concept?

I am a writer and animator. It is very difficult to find funding to produce my ideas. I am thinking of selling them instead. How does one go about doing that?

Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Kevin! Finding funding or selling a script is incredibly hard, regardless if it's animated or live-action. Have you put together a pitch for your script? If not, you can also enter it into contests. The recognition could bring more attention, and more attention increases your odds.

Kevin Jackson

Karen "Kay" Ross I do have a pitch. I am pitching to a group tomorrow in fact but I think I need to take your advice and find some pitching competitions as well as use up the pitching opportunities he...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Absolutely you can pitch on Stage32! I would definitely reach out to our Director of Script Services, Jason Mirch, who is excellent at matching projects with potential executives: J.Mirch@stage32.com...

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Matt Ip Shaw
Budget Breakdown

Hey all! I am looking to produce an animated series and I am starting to create a budget. The only problem is, I've never done an animation before. Would anyone have access to some kind of budget that I can look at as a reference? I want to know exactly how it is broken down and how much is allocated to each position or role.

Stay classy!

Richard F Roszko

The best place to get a "budget and breakdown" is at fiver.com. Just search on that or similar terms. Ask each provider if they do animation since most only do live action. Check out their credentials...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

To add to Richard's recommendation, if you need a reference for what roles and how many, look at the credits for a comparable series - same episode length, same network, same basic animation style (2D, 3D, etc.).

Karen "Kay" Ross
Low-Cost PreVis

Hey, my Stage32 Animators!

I'd love to know your thoughts - there's been lots of talk about changing projects currently in development from live-action to animation. One way to test this out is to make a trailer, pitch video, or other pre-visualization as animated.

What low-cost (but high impact) form...

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Gianni Nugoli

Bob Harper, you notice the decadence of an animation or a TV series, made with Flash ... do you want to compare the people who create symbols and interpolations to the art of the nine old men? come on...

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Bob Harper

Comparing any TV series to the art of Nine Old Men would be a ridiculous comparison for any software or traditional. You are aware how much time and money goes into feature animation - right? I'm not...

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Raphael Kling David

If you have a good script the animation doesn't matter (imo)

William 'JPop' Schumpert

Animation is a very loose term. I agree that the work from the Nine Old Men could never be matched in this day and age. I still look at Fantasia to be the greatest examples of American Animation. But...

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Jackie Tarascio

My guess is a couple paintings of set or world, lead character designs, and an animation test to show the style. 2D is cheaper because you don’t need to build and rig the character. But if it’s a 3D project I would think a 3D test would be helpful in a pitch.

Kevin Jackson
Any other BIPOC animators in this group working on an animation with BIPOC?

Last year(2020) during the pandemic, business slowed down. Two companies that support creatives partnered to provide a grant to help creatives stay afloat. I received one of those grants and in return I show chased the behind the scenes of an animation I am currently working on while divulging some...

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Behind The Scenes WWII Animation | PeakD
Behind The Scenes WWII Animation | PeakD
Behind the scenes of animation about a Jamaican World War II pilot and the history that inspired it.... by nivekpro
Kevin Jackson

Thanks for the cheers Elea Carey

Damion Gonzales

Nice work. Did you do Kingstoon?

Kevin Jackson

not this year. Didn't finish in time. working toward Animal Carine.

Kevin Jackson

Animae Caribe*. thank you for the compliment.

Damion Gonzales

I know a couple people who've done that one. My Trini crew lol.

Raymond Zachariasse
How to find animators?

So, if you are ready to present the world with your latest and final draft of you animated short, how to attract people in joining the adventure with you making the short? In short, how to find animators? :)

Obby O’Leeky

Also, per hour is a wannabee way of working. Per job is something that a serious animator will talk about with you. Depending on experience, it may take 1-10 hours to do the same thing. You want the job not the time they spend on it.

Obby O’Leeky

I am open for consulting, message me and I will answer honest and free, since I am still a dog character!

Scott Irwin

Hello:) I’m an animator but I think if you are looking you need to know what type of animator you will need, 3D animation, 2D animation, and then it even breaks down from there, do you want cut out st...

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Raymond J. Negron

Raymond Zachariasse I'm Ray too, aren't we cool? Anyway, congrats on your animation short. I've written a feature animation and am looking to get some artists attached as well. I have found luck on IG...

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Taylor C. Baker
Ask a 45 year veteran of the Animation Industry YOUR questions!

Happy Wednesday y'all!

I had the supreme pleasure of chatting with the animator Frank Gladstone recently, Frank (pictured) is a LONG time veteran of the animation industry, having worked for Disney, Warner Bros, DreamWorks, and more in his 45+ years in the industry. Frank is also currently the Execut...

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Taylor C. Baker

Episode Two with Frank is OUT!!! Check it out here on the Stage 32 Blog:

https://www.stage32.com/blog/Animation-Industry-QandA-with-Frank-Gladsto......

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Lener J.

Mr. Gladstone, my question is this “ I have a great concept for an animated series,.Do I need to develop a short to pinch to potential outlets?” Thank you

Kumar Sambhav

WOaaaw Pure GOLD, episode 3, was an eyeopener, Will wait for EP4 and post some questions also,

Damion Gonzales

Oooh here we go!

Hair Love - Oscar-Nominated Short Animated Film

Don't know if you saw the Oscar-nominated short animated film Hair Love, but it sure is a great film. Much kudos to Matt Cherry and team, and best wishes at the Big Show on Sunday night. It's also great that Hair Love has already helped open some new doors to Mr. Cherry. Here's a link to it in case...

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Bill Costantini

Oh man....I forgot to put this in my original post. He was originally seeking to raise 75K to make Hair Love, and ended up with 285K. Just to show how "yes, it really can happen....":

https://www.kicks...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

OMG Bill Costantini this is giving me goosebumps! Reading their campaign is like a masterclass unto itself! THANKS FOR SHARING! Actually, would you share this on the Fundraising Lounge as well, and se...

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Bill Costantini

Karen E Ross: Sure....I'll do it now.

Stay safe, and best continued fortunes in your creative endeavors, Karen!

Karen "Kay" Ross

This post and this film make me so happy... Thanks again, Bill Costantini!

Christian Nommay

Fantastic!

Karen "Kay" Ross
WHAT IF Trailer

I don't know about y'all, but I'm ALL IN for one reason - Captain Carter!

Seriously, though, this looks AMAZING! What part of WHAT IF are you eager to see? What have you heard about it? LET'S GEEK OUT ABOUT THE ART!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xe9wImgwmTU...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Actually, can anyone help me identify what kind of style of animation this is? I'm sure they'll expand in the BTS, but I want to know... uh, now. LOL!

Kim Allen

It looks super cool! To hazard a guess, it looks like a Hybrid style animation. 3D characters with a artistic stylized render, put over 2D painted backgrounds. Very excited to see the episodes.

Cénack Winchester

Exactly kim.

Jason Garrett
Blender Pre-Set Animation

Hey everyone, so I have a 3D character I'm working with in Blender for a web series however I'd love to speed up the animation process a tad. Any advice on plug-ins for Blender that will give me a "one stop" solution similar to Iclone7?

Thanks.

-Jason

Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Jason! I wish I knew, but I wonder if there isn't an older post on Blender. If you haven't already, go to the Lounge Homepage (https://www.stage32.com/lounge) and search Blender (search bar is at...

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Jason Garrett

LOL...thanks Karen...I'll see what I can find in the lounge!

Hagop Kane Boughazian
Mocap Animation for Kickstarter

Hey all,

I'm working on a kickstarter for my second book in the Hidden Gems series (middle-grade series) and I've decided that instead of being in the kickstarter video myself, I would have my four main characters present the project. So, here is a test - rough test. Using facial and body mocap.vimeo...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Congrats on your project, Kane! Sorry to hear about your post, but don't forget to share you link on your profile and in the Your Stage Lounge, too! https://www.stage32.com/lounge/promotion...

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Damion Gonzales
Damion Gonzales here - Let's do this.

Hi there everyone, post so be gentle lol. I'm the creator of T.A.S.K. The Animated Series, a globally influenced/centric superhero adventure project (think the original Teen Titans series with a more inclusive character set). I've pitched a Kidscreen and came really close to a co-pro a couple years...

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Maurice Vaughan

Hi, Damion. Glad to connect with you. Cool concept art.

Damion Gonzales

Thanks!

Kai Omri

Looking good still!

Karen "Kay" Ross

Exciting stuff, Damion! We've actually been watching the series Titans of late. Which Teen Titans version are you comparing it to?

Are you making your project as a comic book first and then a series? W...

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Damion Gonzales

Thanks Karen. Will do. OK, answers.. I'd compare my "show" to the Teen Titans series that ran from 2003-2006, with a dash of Justice League Unlimited. The funny thing is that I avoided doing a comic f...

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