Animation

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Emma Wheeler
Writing in Animation

Writing for animated t.v. shows is my dream, but I can't draw. This may be kind of a silly question, but can I still write an animated show without being able to draw what I'm writing?

Bob Harper

Yes - plenty of primetime animation shows like The Simpsons do not draw. You can check out my blog post on this site here for some tips

https://www.stage32.com/blog/What-Animators-Would-Really-Like-Wri...

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Zane Wickman

Yes. And there are artists looking for individuals like yourself to work for. I know someone right-now that is a decent artist that charges $30-$35 per page; I may use him if I get extremely tied-down...

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Robin Pineau

Hi Emma! Yes again : ) You can even DIRECT animated movies without drawing skills! Ok, maybe you'd have to be Isao Takahata (RIP) ;) . But feel confident, most scripts for animation are penned by trad...

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Jessica Rose

Emma,

I can't draw at all and I completed one animated short that won semi-finals in a film festival, which tells me, I think I can write!

I am currently working on 3 more animated projects. One, I kno...

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Pete Whiting
Draw my monster

Hello all you animators/sketching/drawing/modelling/fx people.

I have a horror action screenplay loosely based on a novel I acquired rights too. Has placed well in comps and got good coverage and currently have some well credited agents and studios checking it out. I would be interested to see people...

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Cynthia John

Hi Pete Whiting kindly message me i will help you and give you full service.

Zane Wickman
Are today's mainstream cartoons lacking something?

QUESTION: When compared to yesteryear (esp. 70's, 80's and 90's) are today's mainstream cartoons/animations lacking in quality and depth? In my opinion they do; a win-win for Production Houses and Execs that just want to make easy money on junk, not for those that have real gems that are passed-up....

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Robin Pineau

Yes, many shows leave me dubious too, but I wouldn't pin the American ones in particular, nor our contemporary era. I believe media targeting kids have always been mostly rubbish. Why is that? I think...

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Steve Worthington

I think people remember the old favorites and conclude it was better back then because they just forget the rubbish. There's always junk around. Lots of it. When my wife and I went to the Uffizi in Fl...

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Zane Wickman

Robin and Steve you both made value points. I personal couldn't stomach the bad of then and now. Still the grey-area was much larger then (a mixed bag of so-so) and an even distribution of greatness a...

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Steve Worthington
Some John Watkiss Tarzan anatomical breakdown drawings made for Disney

Here's a bunch of drawings John Watkiss made for Glen Keane and the other Disney animators on Tarzan. They are terrific simplifications of complex forms. Hope you enjoy! https://youtu.be/Rewh_fSFH3s

Jay Greathouse
Who uses 3dsMax for creating assets for Unreal Engine?

I've been studying up on using Unreal Engine for real time animation. It seems that 3dsMax is preferred by some to create animatable assets. What is your experience?

Faruku Sayyadi

i use 3ds max for unreal engine. how can I help you?

Jay Greathouse

We're looking for animators with knowledge and experience importing Daz3D assets into Unreal Engine with Reallusion’s Character Creator and iClone and producing with MoCap in Unreal Engine. If we are...

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Faruku Sayyadi

meaning you don't mean the combination of 3ds max and unreal?

Jay Greathouse

Thank you Faruku Sayyadi for your response. After receiving opinions from several sources more informed than myself, I am now under the impression that using 3ds max to rig my Daz3D assets for animati...

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Thomas Farr
Comic Books

Love indy comic books.... if anyone wants to check out mine.... say hi. Tom

Zane Wickman

Hi Tom

Jay Greathouse
Unreal Engine filmmaker animates DAZ assets with Character Creator and Iclone Motion Live mocap

Ferenc Vincze shows us how to produce broadcast quality animation as a solo artist. I found him through this article after days of searching for the most efficient animation production pipeline for bringing my extensive Daz3D assets into Unreal Engine.

I believe this is the future for animation indep...

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Unreal Engine Filmmaker animates DAZ assets with Character Creator and iClone Motion LIVE mocap
Unreal Engine Filmmaker animates DAZ assets with Character Creator and iClone Motion LIVE mocap
Ferenc Vincze My name is Ferenc Vincze, and I am a freelance animator and videographer. I was originally born and raised in Hungary, but am currently living in Germany. My profession is Agricultural E…
Logan Palmer
8 Page Script, Looking for Animator

I have an 8 page comedy script about a washed out drug dealer who falls in love with one of his clients. I am looking for an animator who would be interested in making it come to life. Check out my profile to see the success I have had in the past with my recent screenplays. If you are interested in...

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Beth Fox Heisinger

Hi, Logan. Perhaps post on the Jobs board: https://www.stage32.com/find-jobs. That's where members post various "want ads" or searches for creative partners, paid or not paid. The craft and business f...

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Jay Greathouse
Importing Daz3D assets into Unreal Engine

We're looking for someone with knowledge and experience importing Daz3D assets into Unreal Engine for the purpose of producing a serialized animated version of our screenplay "Identicide" for YouTube. Initially, we're looking for budgeting estimates.

If you are interested, please look over the screen...

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Jean Himebaugh
Love + Death + Robots...Netflix

Hey there, watched all 18 episodes and what a ride! Honestly- these stories had a lot of crazy concepts from sex, blood, wars, cats, monsters, robots, space, and more. Be warned that these tales are definitely R-rated if not X-rated. I would best describe the experience as “Black Mirror” meets “Heav...

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Gary Smiley

Another series I haven't seen... sounds compelling, thanks for the description.

Jean Himebaugh

I love watching films and having chats about them - they are so fun!!

Robin Pineau

Jean, I've yet to finish watching the full series but so far not too sure about the whole "vibe" of the anthology.

I won't deny it's a visual "tour de force", although if you've played video-games eve...

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Jean Himebaugh

Wow - great feedback - love the comments! Great stuff!

Robin Pineau

update: 'Zima Blue' is brilliant.

First, I found it visually gorgeous and original.

Second, the story is well written, alleluia! From my perspective, this is exactly what a short film should deliver s...

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Robin Pineau
An Oral History of Batman: The Animated Series

Hi! I'm pretty sure most of us on the Animation Lounge have fond memories of 'Batman: The Animated Series'.

For your next coffee break, I came upon this wonderful telling about how it came to be:

A very insightful read to see...

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An Oral History of 'Batman: The Animated Series'
An Oral History of 'Batman: The Animated Series'
As the 1990s dawned, television audiences weren't used to a dark version of the Dark Knight. America had briefly gone crazy for the 1960s series , starring the late Adam West and an array of over-the-…
Zane Wickman
Help! What genre is my animation if it has a little bit of everything?

I'm about four character bio. rewrites away from my 2nd go at pitching my Animation concept FREAKSTYLE to someone in the Pitch Sessions. I believe that I'm made all the necessary updates (based on the feedback from the first submission) with the exception of one. My animation doesn't just fit in one...

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Bob Harper

Figure what show or movie fits closest to your project and go with that. There doesn't have to be one specific genre. Something can be a Horror/Comedy or Dramady or a

Sci-Fi/Thriller. Your logline sho...

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Zane Wickman

Thanks for the much needed advice Bob! I It will be put to use. I have a decent LOGLINE:

"Righteous aliens transform six Earthlings into superheroes. To liberate humanity from evil shape-shifting alie...

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Bob Harper

The story elements you mention such as calling a sick relative, silly conversations etc. do not define your genre. Everything from horror to documentaries can have these elements.

For instance Star Wa...

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