View Full Version : Totally New to this and need help..

07 July 2007, 03:17 AM
I am really perplexed... and I mean it. Of course I have never had the opportunity to study animation, but that doesn't deter me from creating my own project in the near future.

I am a beginner artist of sorts even though I have been doing art for all my life...

I need to learn a bit more about animation in general and have been diligent in my research..but in the end I want to create a proper anime movie or series if it can be done in the future.

So with that in mind, I would like to know if anyone can give me some advice on how to go about the actual process of animation... I mean is anime always done by hand and then used together with software to animate it... or is it possible there might be a software package out there that can make things a bit easier.

Now I will mention that I have bought Anime Studio Pro and its okay, or I imagine its a great package...but for some reason there are some things that I think won't work. Mainly because the software manipulates an existing picture to move but thinking about when a character turns and stuff, it won't be that great.

So is there an easier way to do animation? Or at least a package that would make the tasks much easier and more streamlined?

Mr. D
07 July 2007, 05:39 PM

Some basics
1) develope story and script
2) work up storyboards and designs (characters, vehicles, creatures...)
3) edit above as needed and begin to finalize designs, you can use pre-viz here if you want or to act as part of your storyboarding process. Pre-viz is a crude (crude as in simple objects and backgrounds standing in for fully rendered objects) 3d way of putting together your movie to get an idea of how it flows; and to make qucik changes to try things like different camera angles etc.
4) record sound - dialog. animation is done to fit the sound, not the the sound trying to fit the animation.
5) rough out some backgrounds to animate on and do rough animations over them. don't try to do final artwork till you're happy with how the rough work is looking

Mr. D

08 August 2007, 05:52 AM
I think those steps are fine, but if he really doesn't know much about animation, or how to do it effectively, they aren't a lot of help.

You're looking for an easy way to animate, but there is quite simply NOTHING easy about animating. It's difficult. I don't know if you've animated anything before, but it's not as simple as you might make it look good anyway. There's tons of knowledge all around the web. Google, or get a book from the library. Pick up Preston Blair's book or something, or animator's survival guide by Richard Willams and read lots and draw lots! never stop drawing.

08 August 2007, 01:15 PM
Thanks. I guess there would be no shortcut to this then. -_- Well worth a try.

08 August 2007, 03:21 AM
there is absolutely no short cuts in animation. it is what it is. you need to invest a lot of time in mastering the craft to make things look good. there is such a thing called "limited animation" but even that requires you to have a good foundation.

wanting to create a film is a big task and there are a lot of steps involved, each step having its own intricacies (and in the feature film industry, specialists). but if you want to pick up a book that goes into detail a lot about the groundwork of animating, pickup The Animator's Survival Kit and Disney's "The Illusion of Life."

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