Ah, Animation. Barely a hundred years old, it is the de-facto form of visual artistic entertainment in the world. Museums and gallery openings would love to get just a fraction of the attendance of people who paid to see Walt Disney’s Frozen in the theaters.
There was a Golden Age of Animation that began with Steamboat Willy in 1928 and ended around the advent of television, but I believe we’re in a second Golden Age. There are so many studios and artists creating so much amazing content, one finds it difficult to even keep up. Amazing animation is being released constantly in theaters, television shows, commercials, web videos, interactive and 3D displays, virtual environments – there is thankfully no canvas safe from the possibilities.
Below are the sections of the website dedicated to Animation:
My Ten-Step Process is introduced and discussed in-depth, and is a great tool to breakdown milestones without skipping valuable phases of production.
Creating storyboards for an animation is an integral step the creative process that should never be rushed through or abandoned in favor of getting right into Production (ie: modeling or animation). Here’s some tips on shot vs. narrative, process and drawing styles…
This is not a recap or a chapter by chapter summary of The Illusion of Life or the Principles of Animation – these are some of my thoughts and highlighted scribbles from within this amazing book.
The twelve principles every animator should know by heart. This is a great resource for my animation students as well as those looking to refresh themselves on what separates Animation from simply movement.
There were amazing animators before these legendary fellows, and scores of geniuses that were inspired by them. Take a moment and revisit the Board of Directors, as well as some unsung heroes in the greatest medium the art world has ever known.