Animation

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

Jeremy Banks
Searching for an agent

I have a fairly detailed proposal (no script just yet) for an animated sci-fi TV series for children (8-12). Could anyone recommend an agent who would take this on?

Jeremy Banks

I'm in London btw

Landis Stokes
How to 2D Animate

Hello.

I have questions and no one in my circles has worked on traditional (2D) animation.

What does a budget breakdown look like for episodic/indie animation?

Are animators (background artists, in-betweeners, painters, etc.) paid a flat rate or are they on an hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly basis?...

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Landis Stokes

Thank you!

Toby Cochran

Hi Landis Stokes Bob is on the money for artists being paid hourly. And as a small production company I can share a bit of insight as well.

For example a show like Nickelodeon Casagrandes - from start...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Ooo, YASS, Toby Cochran! Thank you so much for sharing! This 11-minute episode thing is a wonder to me. Is it enough screentime to get emotionally invested (a topic for another lounge HA!), but also,...

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Kumar Sambhav

wow, Toby Cochran what an insight bruh, me also being a small production company, wondering how to win these Episodes directly with nick, We did an Animated show for nick jr. India 11mins per episode...

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Landis Stokes

Thank you, Toby Cochran ! Great suggestion for looking at KickStarter. Karen "Kay" Ross I think either way they're paying for more staff or overtime. I remember 11-minute episodes of "BananaMan" on Ni...

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Tui Allen
Ripple optioned for animated feature

I wrote a novel about dolphins. On Christmas day I signed an option for an animated movie to be made. Now he has to gather the money and expertise to do the job. I'm in NZ and we have all the expertise and technology we need here plus no covid. But how much money is needed to make an animated movie?...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Great information, Bob Harper and Kumar Sambhav!

Kumar Sambhav

Claude Gagne yes absolutely universal truth, a live example is the dragon slayer which broke records being an animation studio we can only make it look awesome but the story is the main and secret ing...

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Kumar Sambhav

This is quality we can deliver in $10mn - https://youtu.be/xuQEv5ANkz4

Osman Barralaga

You need a script to build a budget, without that it's nearly impossible.

Kumar Sambhav

Willem Lodewijk Elzenga :-) we means my animation studio,

Mark Nickells
General compositing

Who here has experience in multi-layer compositing with moving mattes, CGI added material with camera tracking and using live characters within a scene? With and without a green screen. Just curious? And, if so, what kind of software did you use?

Barry Jackson

Let me know if my work is helpful to you: http://jacksondok.myportfolio.com/motion-graphics-1

Gary Noden

Hi Mark. I've done all of the above all together and separately at one time or another. I tend to use any of three packages for the job, to be honest. After Effects a lot, then Nuke and sometimes Fusi...

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Victor Ramon Mojica
Comic Book to TVseries?

Hi all, I feel very at home here and all around Stage 32 for that matter.

Karen "Kay" Ross

Glad to have you here, Victor! Do you have a question about Animation? Or a reflection to share?

Otherwise, if you have a question or reflection about making a comic book into a series, I would recomme...

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Elea Carey
Getting Transit Happy

Hi, pals! I am a writer and businessperson who, spurred by the global crisis of the pandemic and the personal crisis of cancer, has turned my attention to helping public transit save the planet. One of my company's projects is an animated kids' series in which four little kids solve everyday problem...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Elea! Congrats on the series! Do you know what kind of animation you'll be using? Have you started concept art yet?

If you have questions about how to finance your project, you could reach out on...

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Karen "Kay" Ross
Japan's Box-Office Records SMASHED by Demon Hunter

In part because their cinemas are open again and people want to get out! Have you seen it? What have you heard?

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/demon-slayer-overtakes-spirited-a......

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'Demon Slayer' Overtakes 'Spirited Away' to Become Japan's Biggest Box Office Hit Ever
'Demon Slayer' Overtakes 'Spirited Away' to Become Japan's Biggest Box Office Hit Ever
Hayao Miyazaki's nearly two-decade reign atop Japan's all-time box office rankings has come to an end. Runaway anime blockbuster Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train became Japan's biggest box office h…
James Karl Fischer

It is very, very good! High end anime has become more the norm than the exception when it comes to animation quality, though much of the themes sit outside international genre description. And there i...

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Karen "Kay" Ross
How Can a Documentary Be Animated?

I mean, we all know the ways that a documentary is "staged"... so how do you make it animated? The only example coming to mind is What the Bleep Do We Know? which uses animation to help visualize the scientific explanation that is being given from interviewees. Does anyone have any other examples?

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Bleecker Street Acquires U.S. Rights to Nazi Hunter Documentary 'The Klarsfelds'
Bleecker Street Acquires U.S. Rights to Nazi Hunter Documentary 'The Klarsfelds'
Bleecker Street has picked up the U.S. rights to director Alexis Bloom's animated documentary "The Klarsfelds," which centers on real-life Nazi hunters Serge and Beate Klarsfeld. "Alexis and the team…
Kumar Sambhav

Alien worlds on Netflix looks like a neat documentary and it has high-quality Animation.

Manu Krishna

Thanks for this post Karen "Kay" Ross I was looking for similar references. We are working on a documentary focused towards challenges experiences by new immigrants. Planning to narrate the history an...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Thanks for the suggestion, Kumar Sambhav! That's a fascinating use of animation, but I can totally see that being effective. Recapping history seems a good use of animation. Did you see Kevin Jackson'...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Wow, Paul Thomas - that is a powerful use of animation! It really makes the pacing more frantic and really echoes the disconnect from reality. Neat idea!

Kai Omri

I made an animated documentary simply because with animation you can get access to scenes and props that my budget wont allow.

Check it out, it's about creation vs evolution and its narrated by me asw...

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Alejandro Marello
Animation in maya

Good afternoon everyone!!

This 2020 I started making animation in Autodesk Maya, rendered with Arnold.

I found out after watching Steven Spielberg's animated film; Peter Jacks "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn"

And this year as a result of the covid and staying home, as a distrac...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Alejandro! How have you enjoyed Maya? I know a lot of people that use it for Video Games. Thanks for the suggestion on Rokoko! Never heard of it before, but it looks like it does mostly MoCap (Motion Capture) and VFX?

Alejandro Marello

Hello kay,

exactly, it's mocap.

They actually take the move through the suit and then sell those moves for $ 3 or $ 6.

"Autodesk Maya", (Of course, maya is also used for video games as a civilization...

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Prema Rose
The MicroCosmic Cartoon Show

Bob Harper, I so enjoyed your lounge interview.Your outlook on making films that have a deeper content and still be wonder-fully entertaining strikes a cord in my work. I would like to introduce you to my multi-award winning animated/live action musical adventure, The MicroCosmic Cartoon Show. There...

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Prema Rose Productions, LLC
Prema Rose Productions, LLC
Our intention at Prema Rose Productions is to present visually compelling and provocative animated and live action movies that will deepen our understanding of who we are and serve to enrich and inspi…
Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Prema! I'm so glad you enjoyed the Member Spotlight with Bob Harper! For those who haven't seen it, here is the link: https://www.stage32.com/blog/Stage-32-Member-Spotlight-Bob-Harper-Animation-V...

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Bob Harper

Hi Prema Rose - thanks for your interest. Unfortunately, we are not taking on new IP at the moment.

Ryan Johnston
Livin' The Afterlife

How is everyone?!

My name is Ryan and I'm a screenwriter from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada.

(I bet you can't say that three times fast) I have a kick ass pilot for an animated series and I just wanted to reach out to see if there were any 2D animators who were interested in teaming up to make this Expand post

Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Ryan! Thanks for reaching out! If you're hiring animators, you can post a listing here: https://www.stage32.com/find-jobs/add There are LOTS of animation producers here in the Animation Lounge, s...

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Ryan Johnston

Karen "Kay" Ross super helpful. I greatly appreciate it! Jason Mirch really seems to be a legend around these parts so I made sure to send him a message to say hi. I'm still figuring out how to use th...

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Michael Nguyen
How "Peanuts" Inspired My Art Style For The Most Part

Blue Sky Studios is set to close down this April. I can only guess that this is due to financial troubles caused by the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. I am going to miss this particular animation studio, mainly because it was responsible for one of my favorite animated films, 2015's "The...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Wow, you're right! Here's the latest from Deadline: https://deadline.com/2021/02/blue-sky-studios-closing-disney-ice-age-fra... They did the Ice Age franchise? That's huge!

I wonder what else Disney is...

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