Short Film Animations Download

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Anybody know of a free traditional or 3D animation program for mac?
    I have already tried to download Pencil and it tells me there is no such file. I want to make short films in either anime style animation or in 3D where I control almost everything. For now I use iMovie for real films and Xtranormal for 3D short films, but these are very limited.

    Please tell me what the top 10 best ones would be. Preferably Free.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      StudioMicro had released Anime Studio 5 for free earlier this summer. It's a 2D animation program that's fairly intuitive to use.

      ToonBoom released a free learner's edition of their Digital Studio Pro. This program is meant for 2D animation and is great if you're already familiar with animating traditionally (with paper, pencils, pegs & cells).

      Blender is a free 3D modelling and animation program. However, you should be warned that all 3D programs usually have a fairly steep learning curve.

      These are the only free full-feature animation programs that I know of. There are plenty of simplistic GIF animation software for free online. However, they don't offer nearly as much customization as the ones listed above do.

      If you can afford it, one of the most popular animation software is Adobe Flash. It's great for both animation and creating interactive websites or games.

  2. QUESTION:
    Is there any good short film websites with free download?
    I really want to get into short film, but all the programs i found you have to pay for. Are there any other websites which i could use (simple website- 3d animations, don't take up too much space, good for short films such as 'the piano' or, 'the alarm.'

    • ANSWER:
      http://tubeplus.me
  3. QUESTION:
    where can i find the Walt Disney Animation Collection for free?
    can someone can tell me where can i download it for free, but not the movies i mean the shorts films like the three little pigs, etc....it will be for my 1year old boy.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you should give a try to this site for your query.The site is http://www.moviesjudge.com .If you don't feel easy then just use the search feature there.Hope this will help you to some extent!!
  4. QUESTION:
    Which free animation software do you recommend?
    My friends and I thought of a great idea for short films. We have everything ready except for an animation program. We have everywhere and downloaded a bunch of free ones that were to complicated and professional. We are not old enough to program one or go to college, so we wanted to know which free downloadable animation software is the best for 2D animation. Thanks for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      Some of the better commercial 2D animation programs such as Digicel Flipbook, Toon Boom, TVPaint, TAB, and PAP, have Student or Express versions that are fairly inexpensive. However, you might be disappointed by how crippled these stripped down programs are compared to their more expensive Pro versions. But if you look hard enough you should be able to find them cracked online (rapidshare, bittorrent). But if you don't want to do that, there are some free alternatives.

      If you're doing old school drawn on paper frame by frame stuff or stop-motion or 2D, I'd suggest MonkeyJam. It's free, and the easiest program to use to take drawings you've already done and stitch them together into an animated video.

      http://www.giantscreamingrobotmonkeys.com/monkeyjam

      If you're on a Mac, use Pencil(there's PC and Linux versions as well).

      http://www.les-stooges.org/pascal/pencil/index.php

      If you want to do Flash animation like the stuff on Newgrounds.com, either break down and buy Adobe Flash or you can try Creatoon which is free. It's not Flash, but it also does symbol oriented
      animation.

      http://www.creatoon.com/index.php

  5. QUESTION:
    How do I export an animation short to DVD or film?
    Hi. I'm planning to do an animation short next year. I'll be doing it mostly in my computer using Creatoon and Pencil. But I don't know what's the screen size and the resolution to be used in order to export the animation to film or dvd. What is the best resolution and the size of the screen - in DPI, to be used to export my animation?

    • ANSWER:
      If you're creating an animation entirely on the computer you should be working in PPI (pixels per inch), not dpi.

      The resolution you work at should depend on where and how the animation will be displayed. If your film is only going to be shown on the web, you can work at a smaller resolution so it's easier to download or stream online. If your film is intended for television broadcast, standard television definition is 720 X 540. If you plan to put it onto dvd, you'll have to keep in mind that many people have Plasma or LCD HDTV's, which most work a resolution of 1280 X 720p. Considering that it can take years to finish a 1 1/2 - 2 hour film you need to plan ahead and realize that TV's will probably be running at a resolution of 1920 x 1080p (there are already some high end HDTV's that run at 1920 X 1080i). If you intend to transfer your animation to actual film stock to be projected in a theater, then you need to work at even higher resolutions. Film doesn't work with pixels, it captures images through a chemical reaction. However, the pixel resolution potential of film is equal to roughly 12 million pixels. It's why such a tiny image on a film strip can have light shown through it and be blown up and onto huge theatre screens. So if you intend to eventually transfer your work to 35mm film, you'll probably want to work at around 4K (4096 pixels wide).

      Even though it feels awesome to think about working with a large hi-def resolutions, you have to keep in mind that the bigger the resolution, the heavier your image files and animation are going to be, the more hard drive storage space you'll need and more RAM memory usage and strain will be placed on your computer. Making sure that your computer will be able to handle the workload is important, otherwise you'll be stalled by your own equipment's limitations.

  6. QUESTION:
    Where can I find a tool to make slideshows and animations out of my pictures?
    I need a nice way to present my pictures as a slideshow.
    Is there any tool i can download or use online for slide show creations?

    • ANSWER:
      The answer is Animoto!
      I have started recently to use this tool online. It gives me fantastic results with little or no efforts. The main features are:
      It's all automatic.
      It's completely customized to the music.
      No two videos are ever the same.
      It's built by tv/film producers.

      Definitely is worth a try. The results are stunning and you really never have 2 videos that are the same. The trial version makes short movies of maximum 30 seconds, but the licence to unlimited time movies, high resolution and download is really really cheap. I don't remember how much, but the is definitely nothing in relation of what you can do in video, art, audio, visual, sinchronicity, everything out of a bunch of pictures! vote 10. Let me know if I helped you.

  7. QUESTION:
    Is there any good free or cheap animation programs for mac?
    I'm looking for any animation program that i can make my own animations (like south park) that you can actually make a video with. If anyone can help i'd greatly appreciate it!!

    • ANSWER:
      Blender, is free, doing animations and designing 3D games.
      Find the Mac version in this page:
      http://www.blender.org/download/get-blender/

      Also, have a look on examples of short films has been done using Blender to know the power of it:
      http://www.blender.org/features-gallery/movies/

  8. QUESTION:
    what easy software can you use to make a short animated film?
    we are making a film on illegal muic downloading and the film requires a laptop and ipod etc. to be drawn on and also we need to add voice-overs and text.
    at the end the animation needs to morph into a real laptop. i already have jasc animation 3 & photoshop but im having real trouble drawing on the frames etc. i was wondering if any of you could help me download a software which allows all of this & is preferably free.
    thanks
    sg2 x

    • ANSWER:
      Macromedia Flash
  9. QUESTION:
    How do I make a moving animation film on youtube without buying anything? someone please tell me!!!?
    I'm really into anime you know those poeple with the long colorful hair and the big eyes, so I wanted to make a video of my favorite anime character Miku but I only know how to make slide shows of her so I want to know how to make a moving animation without having to buy anything.

    • ANSWER:
      Hmmm... You mean Vocaloid Hatsune Miku??? If not then I can't really help D: guhhhh

      ...But if you do then... I have just the thing to help :DDDD
      There's MikuMikuDance, a sort of 3d vocaloid animation program used to make dance pvs for their songs. It's fun to use but as with all animation, it takes time to make even the shortest and simplest of animations.

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      Examples of animations made with mikumikudance:

      There are loads and loads ;3

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      The download link to the english version:
      http://www.geocities.jp/higuchuu4/index_e.htm
      Just click on the blue link that says MikuMikuDance. The english version only has the Miku character model, but that's really all you want right? D: Watch the two videos below the download link to see the basics to using the program 😀 You can also download accesories and backgrounds etc. to put in your animations.

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      You can try and download the Japanese version(Multi-model Edition) which has all the vocaloid characters, it works the same way as the eng version, it's just that you can't read any of the buttons etc. I downloaded this version after briefly messing about with the eng version, I just kept doing trial and error with the buttons lol.
      Japanese Multimodel edition:
      http://www.geocities.jp/higuchuu4/index.htm

      ...but someone has kindly made a translations sheet on a screenshot, so hopefully this should help :3
      http://miku-challenge.up.seesaa.net/image/mmd_explanation20.gif

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      orz... I've never actually had the patience to make an actual animation, apart from short random things, so most of the time I just pose them randomly D: gahh

      If you have any problems, feel free to message me(hopefully I'll know the answer lol), and good luck with your animation! ^_________^

  10. QUESTION:
    Is there any editors online to edit my drawings?
    I have decided to make a short cartoon film for my school art project but I have no idea how to colour it on my computer! I've drawn the whole film by hand on paper, scanned them onto my computer ect..
    So my question is: Is there any editors online which can do this kind of thing? and are there any aimed at the kind of thing I am attempting to do? ( preferably free since I'll only use it once)

    • ANSWER:
      There are lots of programs you can use to color things with. Some are geared at professionals and others are geared at home users. The problem is...there is a learning curve with everything and you will need to download anythign that is worth using anyway.

      (These are all free)

      Pencil Animation Software
      This software may help you. It was designed for simple hand drawn animations.

      Gimp
      This is a freeware software that is similar to Photoshop. You can edit pictures and do some digital art stuff. You could use this to color your images. The learning curve with this one is supposedly lower than with other programs... You will need to download it though. (However there is still a large learning curve to do thing effectively.)

      Paint (Microsoft Paint)
      This program is likely already on your computer if you have a PC. Its simple...it could be very hard to use if you are dooing extremely details work...but for mass production of simple images...it could be alright.

      A Warning.

      Coloring in animation can be very hard. Drawing animation is hard...but coloring is just as hard. You see...you will need to color in each drawing. (The Pencil Program may have a feature that could help you but I never used it exstenively enough to know.) I only recommend paint because you've likely used it before so there is no learning curve and you will likely need to use the 'bucket' feature to color in the majority of your images for the sake of speed.

      There are other programs you could use...but since you will only be using it once...I recommend the programs above. You may want to Google some other programs. There are programs that you need to pay for that come with demos. Those demos will gnerally go away after 15-30 days...but many of them don't leave a watermark and thus can be used fully and completely with all features active. So if you can complete your project within the trail period you won't have to buy the software to use it.

      There are programs like Abode Flash (huge learning curve) (this will help with the actually animation part)
      and
      Photoshop (huge learning curve) (this will help with just the color)

      You can get free trails of those...

  11. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between an animated gif and a flash animation?
    ?

    • ANSWER:
      Strictly speaking, Adobe Flash Professional is an integrated development environment (IDE) while Flash Player is a virtual machine used to run, or parse, the Flash files. But in contemporary colloquial terms "Flash" can refer to the authoring environment, the player, or the application files.The Flash files, traditionally called "Flash movies" or "Flash games", have a .swf file extension and may be an object of a web page, strictly "played" in a standalone Flash Player, or incorporated into a Projector, a self-executing Flash movie with the .exe extension in Windows. Flash Video files have a .FLV file extension and are utilized from within .swf files.

      .Gif
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      GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) is an 8-bit-per-pixel bitmap image format that was introduced by CompuServe in 1987 and has since come into widespread usage on the World Wide Web due to its wide support and portability.

      GIF images are compressed using the LZW lossless data compression technique to reduce the file size without degrading the visual quality.

      *GIFs are suitable for sharp-edged line art (such as logos) with a limited number of colors. This takes advantage of the format's lossless compression which preserves very sharp edges (in contrast to JPEG).
      *GIFs are used for small animations and low resolution film clips.
      *In view of the limitation on the GIF formation to 256 colors, JPEG is a more commonly used format for digital photographs. JPEGs can save information on more than 16 million different colors and use more aggressive, lossy compression which has a less noticeable effect on photographs than it does on images with sharp edges.
      In circumstances where speed is more important than reduced file size, uncompressed bitmap formats such as Windows bitmap are more commonly used than the GIF format, since uncompressed bitmaps contain raw pixel information and can be displayed very quickly.
      *The PNG format is becoming an increasingly popular replacement for GIF images since it uses better compression techniques and does not have a limit of 256 colors.
      Read this
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      While Flash SWFs are considered one of the more advanced methods for publishing animated and streaming content to the web, there are times when using an animated GIF for smaller, shorter animations would be more to your advantage. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when making the decision:

      Does my movie require user input?
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      While an animated movie in Flash may look exactly the same as an animated movie in GIF format, if you have any user options, buttons, interactivity, etc. those cannot be played in an animated GIF, as it's nothing but a series of static images. If you require the ability for user interaction, then a Flash SWF is essential.

      Will the majority of my target demographic have the Flash player?
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      If you're sending a message to a specific audience, there are certain characteristics of your demographic that may make them more or less likely to have the most recent Flash player (or any Flash player at all) on their computers, and more or less likely to be willing to download it. If you think less than 50% of your audience will have the Flash player or will be willing to download it, then you may be better off using an animated GIF; while Flash requires a plugin to play, animated GIFs will automatically run in any browser.

      Does using Flash lower my file size significantly?
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      9 out of 10, the answer to this question will be "yes". With simple graphics, vector-traced SWF files are almost always going to be smaller than sequences GIFs because of the way the images are stored and rendered. However, if your graphics aren't simple--say if you're importing detailed bitmap artwork into Flash and leaving it as a raster image rather than converting it to a vector image--it's possible that you may end up breaking even or even coming up with a smaller file using an optimized GIF.
      Am I using audio?
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      This is another major dealbreaker, like the requirement for user input. If you're using audio, you'll need to stay in SWF format, as animated GIFs are image-only. However, if you're not using audio, then the SWF format isn't really necessary, as both the SWF and GIF will accomplish the same ends in playing the soundless animation.

      With those four major questions in mind you should be able to weigh the pros and cons of using SWFs or animated GIFs based on your specific needs and specific purposes.

      Hope this will help!

      Cheers:)

  12. QUESTION:
    Where I found short film and animation for download?
    Do you know any website I can download short film there?
    I didn't want normal short film, I want special short film created by great directors...
    I think you tube have fun and public video.. not professional movie

    • ANSWER:
      Youtube obviously.
  13. QUESTION:
    how can i make my own animated card for christmas by internet?
    i wanna make a very nice card for my fiance who is so far from me now. i wanna make him happy... can you suggest an easy way for me to do this?

    • ANSWER:
      Just check out anigreetings.com. Its ecards are actually 3d animated short films and your personalization goes into the animation, as opposed to traditional ecards where your message is shown separately from the context (animation or still image) of the ecard. It's great for those who are looking for serious alternatives as their ecards can be downloaded (with your message within) & played in Quicktime, Media Player & the like.

      Another cool thing it has is that u can upload an image of your drawing or calligraph (i.e. in black over a bright white background) and it'll blend your drawing with your typed message nicely into the animation. In other words u can customize the animation entirely with a scan or photo of your handwriting. There're some tricks though: You must make sure the background of the image is truely bright white, as it's likely that the background isn't white enough for image captured by your scanner or digital camera even though you write on a white paper.

      To do so, u must feed the image into a photo editor (I personally use the free GIMP), enhance the contrast of the image until the background becomes bright white and save it. Then upload the manipulated version. You'll probably need to preview the customization, fine tune & re-upload your image several times until you find it satisfactory. It sounds a bit complicated. But it's worth a try especially you're doing it for one of your most important persons in life. I'm sure he'll be very impressed when he sees your organic handwritten greeting message in an animation. Both you & him can save the animation & keep your hard work. Think about it.

      But if this handwriting idea is too much for u. I think even the normal "typewriting" version should be enough to impress him...

      Hope it helps.

  14. QUESTION:
    What are some good programs to install on a laptop with Ubuntu Linux ?

    • ANSWER:
      VLC is the cross-platform Swiss Army knife of media players. It's lightweight, open source, and can play virtually any file—audio or video—that you throw at it. If you're really into VLC, you can even use it rip DVDs, fix out-of-sync audio and video, and play your ripped DVDs. VLC has no media library tools, but you can create and save playlists. Either way, the slim, no-nonsense player has found a home on countless Windows, Mac, and Linux installs.

      Stellarium is a free and open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. It boasts of a star catalogue with over 600,000 stars.

      GnuCash provides accounting functions suitable for use by small businesses and individuals. It can track finances in multiple accounts, keeping running and reconciled balances. There is support for customer, vendor and employee processing.

      Blender is one of the most popular open source applications ever. Blender is basically a free and open-source 3D modelling and rendering application which is also cross platform. Short films and animations created using Blender has been an instant hit across the web.

      As you should know, Ubuntu Software Center completely replaced Synaptic during the last release cycle. But even with all its improvements, Ubuntu Software Center is not anywhere near as slick or functional as Synaptic yet. So you might want to install and use Synaptic until Software Center is more 'complete'. Expected changes for upcoming Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin release include many improvements and feature additions for Ubuntu Software Center, so that we can expect a more solid release next time around.

      Shutter is perhaps the most comprehensive tool for easy capturing, editing and sharing of screenshots. Really must have app for bloggers, have been using Shutter like forever.

      Mumble is a voice over IP application primarily designed for use by gamers, similar to programs such as TeamSpeak and Ventrilo. Many reviewers have rated Mumble above both TeamSpeak and Ventrilo apparently. Mumble features noise suppression, automatic gain control and low latency audio with support for multiple audio standards.

      Uget is a simple, lightweight and easy-to-use download manager. It is fast, responsive and does what it is supposed to do rather well.

      GIMP needs no introduction. It is simply the best image editor application for Linux. Until a few releases back, GIMP was among the default choice of applications for vanilla Ubuntu. It has now been replaced with more light weight applications.

      RawTherapee is used to adjust some of the most often changed parameters when optimizing digital images. It was one of the first raw converters available for Linux with a reasonably usable GUI. A good application to try out for hardcore photographers.

      Darktable is a good alternative to Adobe's Lightroom application. It enables you to develop raw images and enhance them. All editing with Darktable is fully non-destructive and only operates on cached image buffers for display. The full image is only converted during export.

      Inkscape is a free and open source, cross platform, vector graphics editor with capabilities similar to Illustrator and CorelDraw, using SVG file format.

      OpenShot Video Editor is a free and open-source non-linear video editor. It can create and edit videos and movies using many popular video, audio, and image formats. Though user reviews have generally been positive, many hard core users still prefer KDenLive.

      Calibre manages your e-book collection for you. Calibre is a free and open source tool as well. It even supports e-book syncing with a variety of popular e-book readers out there.

  15. QUESTION:
    Do you have to do stuff on the computer more often if your an animator or do you just draw? im not good at art?
    I really want to become an animator when I grow up. Even though I'm still in the 6th grade. So do you have to be good at drawing or are there any other ways you can get involved like on the computer or something? I'm very confused.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, as with almost any career, there are thousands of ways to do animation. None of them are "right," they just need to work... but...

      Certain cartoons, like South Park, are done with cardboard cut outs and Flash (or similar programs). They take a piece of paper with a character drawn on it and then just move the character around on the background while taking the pictures for the individual frames. It's easy, cheap, but it doesn't always look that great.

      Most cartoons that you see on tv, though, are much more complicated. They usually have key animators, in-between animators, character designers and a whole slew of other people that work to make the animation. To answer your question about computers, for the most part, the only cartoons that are still drawn on paper are Japanese. So, yes, most likely you will work entirely on a computer but you will still need to draw everything. The other thing to know is, most cartoons, even the ones aired in America, are made in places called "animation farms" in Korea or Japan, so unless you're willing to move and learn a new language, there's not a lot of work for animators. But that's 2D animation...

      If you're not good at drawing, but you really like animation, you might try looking into 3D animation. 3D animation is done almost entirely on the computer, with maybe a doodle or a character design on paper. It's also easier to find a college that offers a degree in 3D animation than 2D animation. One of my friends is actually studying 3D animation right now. Once you get some training in 3D animation you could do anything from special effects for live action movies, or 3D cartoons like the stuff made by Pixar or Dreamworks (and they're in the US).

      But, like I said at the beginning, there's no wrong way to make a career other than doing nothing. Play around with different forms of animation now so you know what you like and don't like; it helps you understand better, and makes you look better when you try to get a job if you've made a dozen movies (even if they were goofy :) ).

      Computer programs you might look at are (make sure you check with your parents before you download anything):

      -Adobe Flash, which is used to make several American cartoons. It can be expensive, but if you, your school or somebody you know already owns the Adobe package, it can be used to make short (or even long) films.
      -Pencil, it's a free program. It crashes often, but you'll learn alot about how film and animation work.
      http://www.pencil-animation.org/

      Hope that answers your questions, and good luck!

  16. QUESTION:
    Making a short movie, can it work? and can I get something of it?
    Im at senior highschool, 16 yr old
    Im in syria(middle beast) so no paypal, no credit card..
    and total rejection for filming
    anyway Im insisting to make a short movie includes an FBI agent in school cuz dont have any other better palce, thats why Im gonna film the characters only and do the rest on computer after effect and 3Ds max
    anyway..I MUST do it, though the direction is really hard,if it worked well..can it give me a scholarship? and HOW?
    Im doing all the work ALONE and planning well4it

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      you need to sort out your English before you even attempt to use 3ds max

      what has a credit card or paypal got to do with anything?

      how did a 16 year old afford a 00 piece of software? unless you have the student version

      you have been rejected because of your English and you will not get everything you want in this life.

      how can you be insisting? i am wanting to make a short moving and it has to include a FBI agent

      you cannot make a movie in 3ds max. you can make a short animation but not a movie, to make a movie/animation then you need a script, a storyboard, locations and actors/actress

      you need to do the tutorials that are on the dvd you need to drag them over to your hard drive and
      put them in the autodesk folder if you don't have them then you have the student version of it or you illegally downloaded it from a torrents AND THAT IS AGAINIST THE LAW

  17. QUESTION:
    to make 3d animated film which short course is suitable?
    course should be from mumbai.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are looking to learn how to make 3d animation in films, then learning Auto desk maya (version 9.0 is now available) is the only useful way. You should also have to learn it from a recognished institution with well versed faculties. I would like to recommend Apollo computer Education, but the cost is very high.

      Apart from studying it from theory classed and practicing it in your lab time, you might also will like to have the software Autodesk maya in your computer. But maya 9.0 costs, Rs.12000 plus. I can give you an idea to download autodesk maya version 8.0 free from the official website of autodesk. there will be a watermark on applications you create with that software, but nevertheless having that software in your computer will be more than handy. Remember my friend, don't attempt to study a 3d animation coarse in short time. Take your own time and become an innovative scholar in animation. There are huge opportunities awaiting for you. All the best.

  18. QUESTION:
    I wnat to start making an animation , but only my painting is good. can anybody help me how can i start?

    • ANSWER:
      Do you mean you are only good with paint programs or you're only good with traditional canvas and brushes?

      If it's the latter, my experience can be helpful, though I mainly use Linux and can't afford expensive 2-d animation programs and make short animations without any special program. Otherwise what I say at the end may or may not be helpful.

      Let's start with animation and drawing:

      You don't make even a short animation without planning. The computer automates this for you, but that's not only not always necessary, it's not helpful when it allows you to change things which you shouldn't. Most of the people I know who animate on computer make pencil sketches first. Even stick figures are helpful. Storyboards provide a first quick look at characters and scenes, yes, but they also plot out the actions. And you have to figure out how long each action takes. You should have at least a rough idea of how long the animation is and how long each element lasts BEFORE you begin, so you know how many frames you have to create.

      I read a trick in a Linux Magazine once, for Inkscape, which I have found has worked on Inkscape, Gimp, AND Illustrator and Photoshop. When I want to draw something, I create a new page, then a new, transparent layer. I change the foreground color to a light gray, then I switch between the pencil and the eraser until I know what lines and (approximately) what tones I like. Then I will create the image on a new, transparent layer, using the bezier curve (which I LOVE) and any colors I want, and delete the underdrawing. Then I merge layers. Obviously, follow the contours when you erase as well as when you draw, so that trick should work with academic painting and drawing.

      What you should draw first are the key actions: the start and finish of any motion in any shot, and so forth. I've linked to an early paper on the relationship between Computer Animation and traditional animation in sources. You can literally do traditional animation with any full-featured paint or vector drawing program, in other words. Once you have all the key drawings, go back in and edit or trace and edit them to create the in-between actions. If you will look at almost any of the thousands of preproduction drawings on the web, while most animation cels are colored outlines, the work that goes into them are traditional drawings, so use that.

      To test my animations, I will generally use the animate program from the ImageMagick suite of tools. I first downloaded it in 1990 from the Simtel repository. Not only was this before I switched to Linux, it was the year before the Linux kernel was written so it predates it. It is still maintained and I was rather surprised, when I first installed Slackware on my system, to get it as one of the default packages. It is also still available for Windows. So I run my tests with animate, which plays them sequentially.

      The next step depends on your software as well as your OS. These days, I compile my drawings into a film using mencoder, from the mplayer suite. This is a command-line tool, like animate. I CAN make anything with it, including .avis, wmvs, or divxs. I usually make mpgs or mp4s. And they'll play on anything. You will find a variety of packages which are Windows or MacOS specific which will compile your pitchas into a film. Some have GUIs (I tend to boot up to the console even if it is easier to do my work on a desktop these days, so that is NOT an attraction for me). I can play these on anything. If you saved your frames as gifs, and it is a very short animation, you can find several programs to compile your program into an animated gif, and of course Adobe has a package you can use to make flash files.

      If you want to do a 3d animation, I have a few general comments even though it doesn't interest me. Blender is not an easy package to learn, but it is worth learning if that is what you want to do. Download it at http://www.blender.org and it's FOSS so you don't have to pay for it. I found sculpting helped me with the design of my characters -- obviously. But while the package is more trouble for me to do anything with rather than to use, which I know how to do, there are tutorials on the web all over the place and with patience you can learn how to apply visual thinking to your projects.

      Macromedia Director, now issued by Adobe, is worth paying for, learning and using if you are serious about doing it. I learned it while pursuing a fine arts degree at Rhode Island College back in the nineties. I not only can't afford the license right now, my interests have changed, and it's not right for me, however it may well be right for you.

      I first learned a vector drawing program by taking a course in Aldus Freehand (now also owned by Adobe, which has its own Illustrator package). It was a lot of work, but fun. I never LIKED Illustrator, though I learned to use it, and Inkscape was JUST fun to pick up because of my other interests (which led me to adopt Linux as my default OS).

      Don't underestimate how HARD making an animation is. Whether traditional animation, computer animation or some combination of the two. Correction: Don't underestimate how HARD making a GOOD animation is. You have to learn the packages the same way you have to learn your tools when you are doing traditional drawings, paintings or sculpture. It takes time and a lot of work. Good use of a search engine will provide plenty of packages which make easy creation of a very limited animation simple, but you didn't specify what kind of animation you want to make. I hope I haven't scared you off, but you will do your best work if you understand the principles behind everything.

  19. QUESTION:
    how do I get my youtube videos more popular?
    Okay I'm trying to get my videos to have at least thousands of views. I have videos of song lyrics, anime slide shows and one short animated video. I've made the names more interesting and I've sent messages of my videos to my friends and I've posted links to my videos on facebook. What else do I have to do to get them to have thousands of views?
    http://m.youtube.com/profile?gl=US&warned=True&client=mv-google&hl=en&user=angelofdarkness1515

    • ANSWER:
      Put your tags as:

      activism, advertising, alternative-news, ancient-history, animals, animation, anime, architecture, arts, astronomy, atheist, bizarre, blogs, books, buddhism, business, cars, cartoons, cats, celebrities, christianity, classic-rock, clothing, comedy-movies, comics, computer-graphics, computer-hardware, computers, cooking, crafts, crime, cyberculture, dogs, drawing, drugs, ecommerce, environment, fashion, fine-arts, firefox, geography, graphic-design, guitar, guns, hacking, health, history, humor, illusions, interior-design, internet, internet-tools, iraq, liberal-politics, liberties, linguistics, linux, literature, mac-os, mathematics, movies, multimedia, music, nature, network-security, news, online-games, open-source, painting, philosophy, photography, physics, poetry, politics, programming, psychology, quizzes, relationships, religion, satire, science, science-fiction, self-improvement, shopping, software, space-exploration, stumblers, stumbleupon, tattoos, travel, tv, video, video-games, web-design, windows, writing, actors, america, apple, art, aviation, blog, blogging, bush, california, car, cartoon, cat, celebrity, charity, children, climate-change, college, comedy, comic, community, dance, death, debate, design, diet, diy, dog, economy, election, elections, energy, entertainment, exercise, facebook, film, finance, flash, flowers, food, football, funny, gadgets, game, games, gaming, global-warming, god, google, graffiti, green, home, humour, illustration, images, internet-marketing, life, living, love, mac, marriage, math, media, medicine, microsoft, money, music-video, obama, oil, online, paintings, pakistan, peace, photo, photos, photoshop, pictures, pirates, president, quotes, recipe, recipes, republican, rock, sculpture, security, social-media, social-networking, society, space, star-wars, tech, technology, television, tips, tools, tutorials, ubuntu, vegan, video, videos, vintage, war, water, web, web-development, weird, wordpress, youtube, president, 2008, 2009, 2010, winter, secret, omg, no, way, amplafitesttag, art, arts, bank, barackobama, bi, bisexual, blues, broadway, business, c, canvass, children, classical, college, comedy, community, communityservice, concert, conference, convention, country, county, dance, debatewatchparty, design, development, drive, election, election08, entrepreneur, event, events, fair, family, festival, field, filmfest, florida, football, for, free, fun, fundraising, halloween, haunted, indie, iowavoteearlyforchangeweekofac, jazz, kids, league, live, local, localfieldoffice, london, management, marketing, media, meeting, music, musicals, mybo, national, networking, new, nfl, nyc, obama, of, office, organizing, party, performance, phone, phonebank, pop, pride, prideevent, pridefest, registration, rock, service, show, shows, social, sport, sports, startup, technology, theater, tour, voter, voterregistrationdrive, w, web, western, women, women for obama, workshop, , free, money, cash, movie, download

      or something like that, also, put it in your description:

      --IGNORE--
      activism, advertising, alternative-news, ancient-history, animals, animation, anime, architecture, arts, astronomy, atheist, bizarre, blogs, books, buddhism, business, cars, cartoons, cats, celebrities, christianity, classic-rock, clothing, comedy-movies, comics, computer-graphics, computer-hardware, computers, cooking, crafts, crime, cyberculture, dogs, drawing, drugs, ecommerce, environment, fashion, fine-arts, firefox, geography, graphic-design, guitar, guns, hacking, health, history, humor, illusions

  20. QUESTION:
    Will my dream come true one day?
    I have a dream to create a animation cartoon film for kids, which adults will also enjoy. Films like Bee, Happy Feat, Tom & Jerry etc.. you got it. Now, I want to learn animation software by myself.

    Please guide me any animation software to start with.

    As they say : You will never achieve what you never begin...

    I want to begin now and achive my own dream.

    • ANSWER:
      That's a nice goal to have. You could definitely accomplish it, but I doubt you'd be able to do it alone. Those kind of movies have large teams, but your dream is a nice one. Go for it.

      I'd recommend you use this free program Blender. Download it at Blender.org. some groups have already made a couple of Pixar-quality short films with it.

  21. QUESTION:
    I have this idea for a screenplay, what should I do?
    I happen to brainstorm most of the times, sometimes good ideas occur to me, either for a cartoon or umm screenplay for a short movie or animation. Though i let the ideas fly over my head and without catching them I let them go.
    Because I cannot paint, i cannot make short movies and I cannot make animations. I think I'm not supposed to do those stuffs, making a short movie or animation is not a single-person job kind. At best, I get to be the screenwriter.
    I don't know where to start and whom do I talk to about this. Like, a director or someone who can help me with developing my ideas to make good stories.
    What should I do?
    Thanks for reading my concerns. :)

    • ANSWER:
      You could go to Film School. If that is not something you can do, or don't want to do, then just start writing your screen play. Look up tips online for how to write one. There is certain software you can download to help you write one with the proper format. Keep writing and rewriting it until you think it is perfect (or as good as it will get) and then share it with people. If they find interest in it, then they could possible buy it from you. I suggest you watch some videos on YouTube. There are many that give you suggestions about how to write and sell a screenplay. Hope this helps!
  22. QUESTION:
    guide me some free softwares for creating good 2d and 3d animation?

    • ANSWER:
      For 3D there is blender. Cenda Steichel's Killer Tux is a good example of what you can do with it.

      http://www.cenda.cz/downSources/KillerTux.html

      In addition the Blender Project itself has done three short ten-minute films:

      http://www.elephantsdream.org
      http://www.bigbuckbunny.org
      http://www.sintel.org

      Download it from:

      http://www.blender.org

      Oh, just a word of caution. It was originally a UNIX program and as such its user interface leaves something to be desired.

      Ktoon is something I have heard about and I've seen people put up good work on it on Youtube:

      http://www.ktoon.net/portal/

      but I'm running Linux and haven't been able to get it up on my system yet.

      Synfig I have not seen good animation done with yet. However there is a promising free software project in Russia trying to do an anime version of the old fairy tale Maria Morevna or the Death of Koschei (Koschei the Deathless was a famous Russian Sorceror: as famous in his own way as the Witch Baba Yaga):

      http://www.morevnaproject.org

      To be fair here is the link for Synfig:

      http://www.synfig.org

      Though I am quite good with Inkscape, and used to know Macromedia Director very well, I haven't been able to do anything with it and as I said the examples I have seen so far are no more than one or two shots. I wish the Morevna Project well.

  23. QUESTION:
    animation or special effects?
    i need to make a short film for school either an animation or something with special effects in it, could you suggest some sites where i could get free software for animation and special effects?

    • ANSWER:
      Adobe.com will let you download lots of 30 day trials of software for these purposes, the only thing is that they are industry professional software programs and may be tricky for you to use in a short space of time....
  24. QUESTION:
    How would I go about learning how to animate?
    Like as in animating short film clips, like cartoons?

    • ANSWER:
      Well first, you need some sort of drawing skills..

      Then you can visit these websites, it might help you:

      http://my.smithmicro.com/win/graphics.html
      This is a website in case if you want to buy or if u don't want to, find good animation tools here then you can just download through Limewire or Bitorrent..

      http://www.toonboom.com/
      Toon Boom Studio is a site for 2D animation..

      http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/index.html
      http://www.softwarepatch.com/graphics/imageready.html
      There are many useful programs of Adobe that helps in animation like Adobe Flash and Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended..
      One part of the Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended is Adobe Image Ready wherein sprite sheets created are made into animation.. <

      If you're also interested, you could try delving into 3D:

      http://www.blender.org
      Blender..

      http://www.softimage.com
      Softimage XSI..

      That's all i know..
      Hope i helped ^_^

  25. QUESTION:
    how do i make something move in blender?
    basically im making a short film. in the first scene i have a UVSphere that i have given a multires attribute.

    but i need it to go across in front of my camera. how do i do this?
    all i need is it to go in a straight line from a to b

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Select Object at Frame 1 and Press I
      Goto Frame 11
      Move the Object from Mouse some where else and Press I

      Now run the animation from 1 to 11 frame

      My Blender 3D Art Sample

      http://blender3d.patricia.googlepages.com/4frogsu.html
      Free Download 16 Movies I have created in Blender
      http://kkrawal7.googlepages.com/index.html
      If you want, you can learn Blender personally from me.

      patricia_animation@hotmail.com

  26. QUESTION:
    What are some uses for the iPod?
    I have an iPod but I don't really use it that much. It's an excellent piece of machinery no doubt about it, it's just that I'm never really in a position that I can use it. I'm always on a computer in which case I just use iTunes while I'm working. Just looking for some suggestions.
    I guess some peopl want to know which model I have, so:

    80GB iPod Classic

    • ANSWER:
      It depends what ipod you have really but it does have a few uses:

      - Music - when you're travelling to/from work or fancy a boogie when you're at home. That's the obvious one though really!
      - Notes - for if you're trying to learn something, or you can type a list of phone numbers in case you forget your phone, or type up letters/blogs which made you smile. I've got some text messages typed up on mine, sad I know, but my phone doesn't have the memory to save important messages.

      - Videos - you can put whole films on or short animations, this can be hooked up to the TV with the right leads.

      - Calender - you can sync it to the computer so you can add all your important dates and events.

      - Podcasts - these are short video or audio files that can be downloaded free from the itunes store and watched at any time. There are lots of different types so you're bound to find something that interests you - my person fave is Dr. Tran. It's an animation about a 5 year old doctor, its a bit of a giggle. There's a lot of radio stations on the podcasts section and ABC often give away some of their shows so you can save them straight to your ipod each week.

      - Pictures - so you can view pictures of your loved ones whilst out and about, it can also play as slideshows or on the TV

      - Data storage - you can plus it straight into the computer with the lead whilst out if you need to take a big file home from work.

  27. QUESTION:
    is there a full length "Final Flight of the Osiris" Matrix?
    if there is can someone give me a download link torrent or direct download...

    • ANSWER:
      no there were a series of 9 animated short films that told various story's about the Matrix ,each film was directed by a different Director with different styles of animation
  28. QUESTION:
    Anyone know where i can download movie, vedio into psp for free?
    DOWNLOAD BY RSS Channel

    • ANSWER:
      Syncing Videos, Photos, Music
      By far the best Mac application for this is PSPWare (). Not only does it sync your music, movies and photos, but it backs up your game saves too. It handles video particularly well as PSPWare supports every common movie format (MOV, MPG, AVI, WMV, VOB) so you can easily prepare your DVD library for watching on your PSP’s 16:9 wide aspect ratio screen. Highly recommended above other competing syncing and video encoding tools, including iPSP ().

      Forget your TV! Besides the Sony Connect site, you can now get PSP formatted videos from the following places:
      - AtomFilms has a section with downloadable PSP movies, but some require a memory stick larger than the standard 32meg one. Lengths range from 7 to 16 minutes. Three of the titles currently available are, In God We Trust, Football, and Rockfish.
      - Heavy made a decent library of hours of entertaining animation and live-action video shorts available for free download on the PSP.
      - Music network Fuse offers PSP owners downloadable content such as the countdown show “Daily Download” and music showcase “Steven’s Untitled Rock Show.”
      - 29PSP Video Guide offers a daily download of video media, including music videos and movie trailers.
      - GameSpot’s PSP Resource Center features gaming video reviews formatted for your PSP.

      http://www.heavy.com/
      http://www.atomfilms.com/films/collections.jsp
      http://www.fuse.tv/index.php
      http://www.29hdnetwork.com/psp_guide.html
      http://www.gamespot.com/features/pspresourcecenter/

  29. QUESTION:
    Can`t find "The Monsters of Nix" (Animation short film)?
    Hi, Just wondered if anyone know of any place I could get hold of "The monsters of Nix".
    It`s not available on pirate bay, even though downloading is not one of my favorite options. And I can`t find it anywhere to buy either.

    Please help, It`s for my pretty pretty girlfriend, and she would be very happy if you found it :)

    Micke

    • ANSWER:
      Here:
      http://www.torrents.net/find/the+monsters+of+nix/
      http://freak.no/forum/showthread.php?t=216030
  30. QUESTION:
    Studio Ghibli Mei And The Kitten Bus/Mei to Koneko basu anyone know where to get it?
    i know i'll probably annoy some people at yahoo for this question
    but people talk about downloading naruto from dattebayo and other things all the time
    i want ANY way of downloading Mei and the kitten bus
    aka Mei to Koneko basu
    it was a short film by Hayao Miyazaki from 2002
    i dont care if it has subtitles even, can anyone help?

    • ANSWER:
      I think that it was only released in the actual Studio Ghibli, ive been trying to find a copy for myself for awhile now (with no luck).
      Maybe one day they'll release a dvd with all the short animations made just for the Ghibli museum.
  31. QUESTION:
    3D Special Effects Software?
    I like making short films and I was wondering what software would allow me to include 3D animations into the films....If there are any, are they difficult to use?

    • ANSWER:
      you like making short films. then there is no better operating system, video, audio, graphics and 3D animations software all free to download and use This is what the top Movie Studios (Disney and Hollywood studios) use

      check out the weblinks below

  32. QUESTION:
    Need 3D animation software?
    Hey guys I want to create 3D short films easy and simple and free. The program I need has to have models that you download, easy animation and easy to use.

    • ANSWER:
  33. QUESTION:
    What does depicting a different time of day mean?
    Okay so here is my summer project for university. I am not sure what depicting a different time of day means. I know it sounds daft and some of you may think how did this kid get into university in the first place, but please can some one help me I will be very grateful.

    Developing Illustration Concepts
    SUBMISSION: 17th August 2012 between 10-4pm

    Please read the following guidelines carefully.

    You are tasked with producing five images, each depicting a different time of the day of a famous historical figure. The images must be in five distinctly different styles e.g. photo-montage, line drawing, photograph, etc. Likewise, one of the images could be a short film or animation.

    You will only arrive at these solutions through extensive research of both the person themselves and through compiling a sketchbook of development work.

    Though the character could be from the distant past you may want to use photographic references of architecture from their time or alternatively place them in a modern setting.

    Research and development are essential to this project as they should be to all projects that you undertake and in this instance you will be graded upon how extensively you researched and developed your idea and if the final images are a effective culmination of your efforts.

    Make an effort to employ some of the techniques that you have been taught throughout the year. Remember, if you feel that your drawing may not do justice to your idea use photographic references to help you. Please do not incorporate downloaded images into your work. If you need to include an old fashioned car in one of your images then go to a transport museum and sketch and photograph an appropriate car. We’re not saying that you shouldn’t use the net as a resource but in this instance we want you to do the legwork.

    Final Presentation

    You will present an A3 sketchbook of you development work. Please do not just fill your sketchbook with downloaded images and excerpts from books. The sketchbook should be filled with your primary research, which should include drawings and photography where appropriate. We do not want lots of writing in the sketchbook – some notation is fine but we want to see pictures. Your images will say far more about how hard you worked than some handwritten notes.

    You 5 final images must be A3 and mounted. They can be scanned copies of the final images but they must be presented well. You don’t want your hard work to be let down by poor presentation.

    Good luck.

    • ANSWER:
      Choose five times during an ordinary day of your chosen historical figure. e.g. you could choose -
      very early morning
      starting work
      mid-day meal
      family time
      evening social time

      There are lots of variations I'm sure you can think of.

  34. QUESTION:
    How do they create anime??
    i just have want to create my very own anime even if it is just for thirty seconds

    • ANSWER:
      Get over it. Anime is a style of traditional animation. You can create your very own animation if you like but it is difficult. Traditionally movies are shown at 24 frames a second. That means for a thirty-second movie you need to do 720 drawings. Obviously, you intend to use computers to cut down on that. There is software out there but for computer animation the easiest way of not spending money is to download and learn Blender at http://www.blender.org . It's 3D animation and not anime style. You can do something very close to traditional animation using the Macromedia Director package. It is of course expensive -- and highly recommended. Adobe owns it now. They've contributed a lot to the technology behind computer displays and printing over the years and using a cracked package of one of their products seems to some of us like an assault on a friend, though I am an Open Source guy and they don't do Linux.

      None of this answers your question which is how do they create anime? While there are some technological innovations it is by the same methods Disney documented itself using yea so many years ago. These are traditional animation methods and as such the answer would be relevant for Drawing and Illustration or Comics and Animation. Not here.

      But there are search bars all over these pages. Just ask any search engine.

      John Lassiter, the genius behind Toy Story, Carz and other films, and also the designer who created the BSD Demon you can see at http://www.google.com/bsd once talked about how when he made his classic short Tin Toy with computer animation all these engineers came up to him and asked, "How do you do this? How did you do that?" And all he could tell them was "I'm an animator. It's my job." As an artist and programmer I know exactly what he means. You know what the result you want is, usually. If you don't get it quite right, go back and fix it. If that means cheat, do. It doesn't work in engineering, or reporting, or calculating spread sheets but it's part of the artist's job.

      If you want to work your butt off, there is no reason you can't make an animation.

  35. QUESTION:
    best animation software ?
    i want to create some short cartoon clips as we see in cartoon network or in kids channel and share that with frnds.
    is this possible to create mini cartoon film using my window xp and some related software?
    or this need a organize approach(team work) or professional help to make it?

    suggestions and tips are welcome

    how much time it require to make a short 1 or 1/2 hour cartoon movie?

    • ANSWER:
      It would take some time to create a short 1 or 1/2 hour cartoon movie especially if you don't have any training, experience, skills and etc. in creating animation

      If you want to create your own cartoons then here are some resources you might find to be helpful

      You can use Pencil which is a popular free 2D animation program

      http://pencil.en.softonic.com/

      Here is the developer's website for Pencil which has a user manual, forum, gallery and etc.

      www.pencil-animation.org

      Blender is a popular free program for creating 3D animation

      http://blender-portable.en.softonic.com/

      Adobe Flash is used for creating many 2D animations
here are some free tutorials and software you might find to be helpful

      Actionscript is a programming language used in Adobe Flash to create 2D animation
here are some good tutorials for learning Actionscript:

      http://www.adobe.dougwinnie.com/actionscript-11/
      http://gamedev.michaeljameswilliams.com/2008/09/17/avoider-game-tutorial-1/
      h t t p://tutorio.us/
      www.developphp.com/list_as3.php
      www.vineyardesigns.com/
      www.video-animation.com/

      The Baycongroup website shows you how to download the Trial version of Flash to create 2D animations
and it also shows how to use some simple Actionscript commands:
      http://www.baycongroup.com/flashCS4/index.html

      Teach ICT has video tutorials for learning Flash, Photoshop, Dreamweaver and etc.:

      www.teach-ict.com/videohome.htm

      LiveSwif is a freeware animation program for creating flash animation:
      http://www.instantfundas.com/2009/04/liveswif-poor-mans-adobe-flash.html

      The free FlashDevelop is compatible with Actionscript 2 and 3
      http://www.flashmagazine.com/news/detail/flashdevelop_3_0_released/

      You can use Google.com to find many free tutorials, software, forums and etc.
      http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=Blender+beginner&btnG=Search&aq=f&aql=f&aqi=g4&oq=

      You can go to your local library or store or an online store like Amazon.com to find many books, DVDS, software and etc for learning or creating animation

      http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss?url=search-alias%3Dsoftware&field-keywords=cartoon+animation&x=12&y=18

      YouTube has videos for learning almost any subject or topic
      http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Blender+tutorial&search_type=&aq=f

      I hope this helps!

  36. QUESTION:
    whats the best program for making an animated short movie??
    i want to know what the best program is for making short animated films

    • ANSWER:
      It really depends on what your trying to make. Lip synching and onion peeling are two things to make sure are included in any animation program. Start reading up on it around the web there are plenty of sites to help get you started.

      Here is a website where you download some free animation programs. Maybe they will give you a feel for what your looking for without having to spend any money.

      http://www.simtel.net/category.php[id]10[SiteID]simtel.net

  37. QUESTION:
    how to make a video????
    i need to find a animator that can make a, well, good animation. definetely not pivot, but something better. do you know any? ( its just for a very short film that i have to make entirely on my computer).
    thanks in advance,
    that one guy

    • ANSWER:
      Well i use Gamemaker 8 because it has a built in animation maker that i find pretty useful. The program is a really small download.
      here is a download of the demo: http://www.yoyogames.com/gamemaker/try
  38. QUESTION:
    I need animation software?
    Is there a website where I can create an animated short film for free???

    • ANSWER:
      There may be animation tools online,but some are for online use at site only, to post or publish at that site, not able to download,

      Sketch-star
      http://www.miniclip.com/sketch-star/en/create/
      Aniboom’s Shapeshifter
      http://www.aniboom.com/ShapeshifterAnimachine.aspx
      Benettonplay! Flipbook
      http://www.benettonplay.com/toys/flipbook/flipbook_maker.php
      Scratch
      http://scratch.mit.edu/
      ___________

      you may be better to use desktop animating tools,

      Synfig Animation Studio
      http://synfig.org/
      Stykz
      http://www.stykz.net/
      Pencil
      http://www.pencil-animation.org/
      TweenMaker
      http://www.elecorn.com/tweenmaker/download.html
      MonkeyJam
      http://www.giantscreamingrobotmonkeys.com/monkeyjam/features.html
      Plastic animation paper
      http://www.plasticanimationpaper.dk/
      ..

  39. QUESTION:
    ******************* PLEASE HELP!! ****************?
    Where do i get Download NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 2004 series 'EXPEDITION TO THE EDGE SAHARA NIGHTMARE SHOW"

    I am doing a short film for my demo reel of my animation course, based on desert survival.In the year 2004 Nat geo telecasted EXPEDITION TO THE EDGE series, the episode SAHARA NIGHTMARE which is based on the true life story of the Marathon runner Mauro Prosperi(from Wikipedia).
    I googled it from past one month and and failed to get the video but i got every bit of the information.
    I tried Torrents, youtube, Nat geo, google video....No USE
    Finally im now under you Answerers mercy......
    Im very much inspired by that show and i need so badly that i started to wear spectacles because of eye problem searching through out the week.

    Please Try your Best to Help me.

    • ANSWER:
      Contact NatGeo - I'm sure they still sell the DVD.
  40. QUESTION:
    Animation suggestions?
    I'm hoping to do a short animated film, using sketches. I have worked on a 5 second animated bit as a test comprised of sketches modified in Adobe Photoshop (which I'm reasonably familiar with), exported to Adobe ImageReady (v7 - less familiar with this one, but I've managed to make an animation) and which has exported fine to QuickTime format (.mov) which is the only option I apparently have for export according to ImageReady's export dialogue. I've also downloaded the trial version of Camtasia which I'm hoping to use to record a 'live' sketching section and use in the film.

    The problem arises with Adobe Premiere. The 5 second animated bit won't display at all in either the program panel or the timeline, even though it plays fine in the project panel and plays when I click the play button. I have adjusted my Safe Margins to no avail. I have changed the .mov format to .gif (animated) thinking that maybe it was some weird sort of incompatibility between back versions, but to no avail. The 5 second bit plays fine in Apple QuickTime, in Windows Media Player and even in Windows Movie Maker. It is only Adobe which won't talk to Adobe, bizarrely. I am, to say the least, bemused and not at all impressed.

    I am a novice student user, and will make allowances for my noobiness, however I have scanned fora and Googled and stalked Adobe's help videos for 3 days now and I am fast losing patience. I am unwilling to dedicate a 4th day to this as I've got quite a lot of other things I could be doing really, so would be grateful for anyone to either point out to me where I'm going wrong and how I can get the 5 sec opening animation to display in Premiere Pro, or else to suggest alternatives (Apple-based perhaps, as the university tutor is more comfortable with Macs, less comfortable with Premiere so I could always turn to him for more help).

    Alternatively, I'm going to seriously rethink the whole sketch animation approach and do a cheapened powerpoint visuals film, which would be disappointing, but not nearly as frustrating.

    HELP!!!

    • ANSWER:
      It's a little strange that ImageReady won't let you export in anything other than a .MOV, but you are using an older version. If the exported file won't work in adobe premiere, try exporting as a series of stills. If that's possible, you just need to import your stills directly into Premiere (make sure to checkmark the "import as series" box in the Premiere import window so it will import your still images as one movie file and won't screw with the duration of each image).

      If you can't do that, just import your original still images directly into Premiere. Another option would be to actually use an animation program to compile your images into a video that you can then chuck into Premiere.

      http://www.giantscreamingrobotmonkeys.com/monkeyjam

      Monkeyjam can import JPGs, PNGs and BMPs and Export as AVI's. You can try taking that exported AVI into Premiere and see if that works.

      If you're on a Mac, you could try Framethief or FramebyFrame.

      http://www.framethief.com/

      http://web.mac.com/philipp.brendel/Software/FrameByFrame.html

      They'll export as Quicktime, but maybe theirs will actually work.

  41. QUESTION:
    14 Year Old Guy With a Dream *o*?
    1st I would like to say Defced Joker Productions is a company started by Andrew Welsh in hopes of getting for making good anime/manga/cartoons, other than that. Is there a program for me to put my drawings in an anime setting to make a short animated film for free. Or maybe a Manga program that I can use to edit all my drawings?

    • ANSWER:
      I've never used it, but I hear Anime Studio and Manga Studio are good programs for that sort of stuff, but they cost a lot to buy. Other than that, you can use Flash CS4/Flash MX, but that might get tedious. CS4 is basic, and it still costs to buy it, but you get 30 days free for a trial. Anime Studio and Manga Studio also have free trials, not sure how long they last, but you can always try them. Best I can say is to just play with as many programs as you can, and find what works best for you. Personally, I'm drawing a oneshot on paper before I do any sort of animation. I think it's great to find another young person with dreams of being in the anime/manga industry. But yeah, you can't do much more than play around and discover techniques. Tutorials don't help much, but they do give you small tricks that you can combine to make your own techniques to doing things.

      Anime Studio: http://anime.smithmicro.com/trial_offer.php
      Manga Studio: http://manga.smithmicro.com/d_trial_offers.html
      Flash MX: http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/download/flashmx

  42. QUESTION:
    Help animation question?
    I want to go to Victoria University for 3d animation and film studies, but do i need to do level 3 statistics to get into the course.

    • ANSWER:
      Download Blender and start using

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  43. QUESTION:
    Where can i find FREE sheet music for...?
    can anyone find a FREE sheet music for this song?

    comptine d'un autre été l'aprÚs midi composed by yann tiersen

    it was used in a short animation called -
    the piano amazing short.

    i have been trying to look for it everywhere! its a beautiful song..
    i want to learn it for the piano.
    i dont care if its a download i just dont want to pay for the sheets.
    post a link for a site please.. thanks
    you can look up the short film by aniBOOM on youtube.com

    • ANSWER:
      free music is illegal 99.9% of the time, unless the artist allows it

      that violates the copyright laws

      that DOES include sheet music

  44. QUESTION:
    Ways to get started with VFX (Visual Effects)?
    Okay. Nobody likes to read a huge chunk of text, so I'll try and keep it short for you guys. Lately, I've been interested in everything that has to do with VFX. I watch the builds of how they made some scenes in Men in Black 3, Spider-Man, all those movies, and I just thought they were the coolest things every. As of now, I have VERY little experience with anything that has to do with VFX. Let me list of some things for you:

    - Awhile ago I used to edit videos (gaming montages) in Sony Vegas. Very poorly, I may add.
    - I Illegally downloaded Sony Vegas and then Cinema 4D and have even less experience with C4D...
    - Again, illegally, I downloaded Photoshop. I made YouTube Backgrounds and Avatars... Poorly.
    - I cannot draw worth a ... Well you know.

    Basically. I have no artistic ability (maybe that's why I'm so interested in something that could feed my artistic side that's been deprived for so long). So my final questions to you would be this:

    - I don't have any illegal software anymore, so what programs should I use? (Blender and Gimp?)
    - Where should I start... With everything? (I've drawn comic strips, done Blender tutorials, I'm not sure if this is an effective way to start)
    - I'm interested in CGI and everything to do with films, like the lines that the actors say, the setup, everything. Would I be better off making my own movies, or should I work in a group where I do my part, and may have to deal with people with a different vision than me? Should I find a very small group of people who have the same eye I do?

    Thanks for your help, because it will definitely be greatly appreciated.

    - DJD Jr.

    • ANSWER:
      If you want software for modelling 3D, and animation, get Blender - http://www.blender.org it's open source and free and legal.

      This movie was made in blender: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRsGyueVLvQ

      GIMP is simply a raster image editor - it's not a video editor, nor animation software, nor can it be used to model 3D graphics. GIMP is free and open source too, make sure you only get it at the official website http://www.gimp.org

  45. QUESTION:
    disney films mini shows before the film?
    on some disney films they have little short clips before the show.eg before monstors inc there was a mini show about birds on a telephone wire. my teacher showed us them all the other day on a website but i cant remember the website adress. if u know please tell mje. ty

    • ANSWER:
      Well, the official website is http://www.pixar.com/

      These are short animations and were also released on a dvd pack. "Pixar's short movies" or something like that. They're also found for purchase and download at iTunes Store.

      You can also find most of them to be seen at YouTube.

      This one about birds is called "For The Birds".

  46. QUESTION:
    what for we use movie maker ,and can we use it to download some video clips from internet ,and can we use it a
    to make animation for autocad ,can anyone mention some of it's applications

    • ANSWER:
      Windows Movie Maker is video editing software that is included in recent versions of Microsoft Windows. It contains features such as effects, transitions, titles/credits, audio track, timeline narration, and Auto Movie. New effects and transitions can be made and existing ones can be modified using XML code.

      Layout

      The layout consists of a storyboard/timeline (click the Show Timeline or Show Storyboard icon to toggle), collections (for organizing imported video), and a preview screen. When in Storyboard view your "project" (the video you are making) appears as a film strip showing each scene in clips. The storyboard/timeline consists of one 'Video' (with accompanying 'Audio' bar), one 'Music/Audio' bar, and one 'Titles/Credits' bar. In each bar, clips can be added for editing (e.g., a .wav music file will belong on the 'Music/Audio' bar). Still images can also be imported and drag and dropped onto the 'Video' bar of the timeline.

      The Video and Music/Audio bars can be "cut" to any number of short segments, which will play together seamlessly, but the individual segments are isolated editing-wise, so that for example, the music volume can be lowered for just a few seconds while someone is speaking.

      Like all non-linear editing systems, the original camera file on the hard drive is not modified in any way; the "current" project is really just a list of instructions for re-recording a final output video file from the original file. Thus, several different versions of the same program can be simultaneously made from the original camera footage.

      Importing footage

      When importing footage into the program you can either choose to Capture Video (from camera, scanner or other device) or Import into Collections to import existing video files into your collections. The accepted video, image, and audio formats are .wmv, .jpeg, .gif, .png, .wma, .wav, and .mp3. Movie Maker will also accept short MPEG-2 files but this may be unreliable. .mpg files produced by some video capture cards and camcorders will only import the audio or video, but not both. Such files will need to be transcoded to AVI by a utility, or you can use another program that was bundled with your DVD drive or computer.

      When importing from a DV tape, if the "Make Clips on Completion" option is selected, Windows Movie Maker automatically flags the commencement of each scene, so that the tape appears on the editing screen as a collection of short clips, rather than one long recording. That is, at each point where the "Record" button was pressed, a new "clip" is generated. However, the actual recording on the Hard Drive is still one continuous file. (This facility is also offered after importing files already on the Hard Drive).

      After capture, any clip can be dragged and dropped anywhere on the timeline. Once on the timeline, clips can be duplicated or split, and any of the split sections deleted or moved to another position. (Right-clicking any clip brings up the range of editing options).

      Although it is possible to import digital video from cameras through the USB interface, most older cameras only support USB 1 and the results tend to be rather poor - "sub VHS" - quality. (More recent model cameras using USB 2 give much better results). For any serious editing application, an IEEE 1394 interface card (also known as i.Link or FireWire) should be considered essential equipment. These are very cheap and if not already fitted, installation in most PCs is very simple. (Unlike USB, IEEE 1394 normally does not require any drivers, the camera essentially becoming part of the computer hardware). IEEE 1394 will allow recording and playback of images identical in quality to the original recordings if the video is imported (and subsequently saved) as AVI files, although this consumes disk space at about 1 Gigabyte every five minutes (12GB/Hr). Recent versions of Windows Movie Maker do not allow capture of MPEG-2 files from DVD or Hard Disk cameras.

      The earliest versions of Windows Movie Maker also only allowed the burning of Video CDs; that is, they did not support DVD burning directly. However there is plenty of software available which will convert the resultant edited files to the standard consumer DVD format as a separate step. In many cases, limited but perfectly usable software is bundled with DVD burners (eg Power Producer Gold). Alternatively, most DV cameras allow the final AVI file to be recorded back onto the camera tape for high quality playback. Some standalone DVD recorders will also directly accept DV inputs from video cameras and computers.

      The latest version of Windows Movie Maker provides integration with Windows DVD Maker to facilitate the recording of movies onto DVD.

      More about the program

      There are over 130 effects, transitions, titles, and credits available in the program. They are applied by using a drag and drop interface from the effects or transitions folders. For titles and credits you have the option of adding them as stand alone titles or overlaying them on your clip by adding them onto the selected clip. Titles range from static (non-animated) titles to fly in, fading, news banner, or spinning newspaper animations. Due to the flexible interface programming custom effects and other content is possible for version 2.0 and higher by implementing xml coding into the program's files.

      Although the range of dissolve/fade effects are fairly limited, quite impressive effects can be had by importing still images from a photo editing program. For example, you can fade from an original version of a still to one where the brightness has been selectively manipulated to highlight one particular person in the scene.
      http://www.answers.com/topic/windows-movie-maker

      Windows Movie Maker
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
      Windows Movie Maker is video creating/editing software that is included in recent versions of Microsoft Windows. It contains features such as effects, transitions, titles/credits, audio track, timeline narration, and Auto Movie. New effects and transitions can be made and existing ones can be modified using XML code.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Movie_Maker

      How to Use the New Features in Movie Maker 2.1
      http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/moviemaker/expert/bridgman_04dec13.mspx

  47. QUESTION:
    imovie help, with intro?
    me and my friends are making a short youtube film and i am editing it, i made the trailer which you can watch here using a template on iMovie 11. on the trailer at the start it says victory studios with a cloud animation in the background, this was preset but now I'm editing the movie how can i get that clip and put it in an movie
    heres a link to the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2F_aZV1Ua5s
    please help thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I'd like to recommend HD video editor to you, I always use it to edit video and make funny video for uploading to Youtube, it's easy to use and the quality is awesome, you can crop, cut, join, edit video with it easily. It also embeds many special effects, you can even add text to video or add background music, that's pretty cool. It worth a try. Here is the free download link.
      http://www.video-converter-mac.org/video-editor-for-mac/
      Hope it helps. Contact me if you have any other question.
  48. QUESTION:
    Easy to use Animated Film Software?
    Hello there everyone who is reading this!
    I was wondering if there is any software available akin to "The Movies" (released by Lionhead in 2005 I think) but slightly more dynamic and less limiting to create short animated films? I know there is the option of Moviestorm available (I have an incomplete version of it) but as just mentioned...its incomplete and you have to pay large sums of money for the various 'packs.' I really would like a complete product that is simple to use yet effective.
    Thankyou in advance!
    It would probably be helpful to note that I don't have much (in fact ANY) experience in 3d modelling or keyframe animation as used in programs like Blender and Maya...so they're out.

    • ANSWER:
      the thing today is people want to do things the easy way, (don't want to learn) but in real life at some stage your going to have to buckle down and start learning, so why not start now, There are free tutorials that you can download for Blender Maya and Gimp and Learn how to do animation. how do you think your going to get experience in 3D modeling if you don't learn or experience in anything if you don't learn....

      all you need to do to find anything on the net is do a google search and you will find everything like this
      free video tutorials blender

      click on the links below

  49. QUESTION:
    Who will win the Academy Award 4 Short Film (Animated)?
    The nominees are...

    "La Maison En Petits Cubes"
    "Lavatory - Lovestory"
    "Oktapodi"
    "Presto"
    "This Way Up"

    "Lavatory - Lovestory" - I have found it, presumably all 9 mins & 39 secs of it. Kinda a simple black & white "Fido Dido" cartoon w/ "Family Guy" eyes & u only c colours in the flowers. Spectacular Russian-made film w/ beautiful endin'.

    "Oktapodi" - I thought I was lookin' @ the trailer, but according 2 Wikipedia, the movie is that short - 2:27. Another love story amongst two mollusks set in Greece or something. It has the wit & charm of a Disney or Looney Tunes cartoon but also the 3D animation, illustrations, & music sophistic8d enough 2 b a Oscar nominee. Another splendid work of cinematic art. (Spoiler ahead.) When the C-gull snatched 1 octopus & the other one launched itself from the clothesline, I found that hard 2 believe it was "The End."

    "Presto" - Uh oh. What timin' that I went from that description in "Oktapodi" 2 a Disney/Pixar short cartoon. Walt Disney may steal the show if this may win the Oscar along w/ "Wall-E," which apparently I can c on the "Wall-E" DVD & not have 2 watch it on YouTube. But u gotta give "Presto" credit. State of the art animation w/ brilliant artwork & that old fashioned cartoon charm & comedy. & I'm pretty sure that doesn't look 2 much like the Trix rabbi so General Mill's attorneys can rest EZ. A good cartoon short, but I don't think a Oscar is necessary.

    "La Maison en Petits Cubes" - There's only the trailer on YouTube. No review.

    "This Way Up" - Same thing; just the trailer. According to the YouTube comments, you can download the whole film on iTunes. Thought about it, but I'm not that interested. No review.

    So which cartoon did you like? I take it u guys that saw "Wall-E" saw "Presto," 2? Who watched "This Way Up" or "La Maison En Petits Cubes"? The 81st Oscars take place February 22 on ABC.

    • ANSWER:
      "This Way Up" is on YouTube, here's the link:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpsxXbPdeFs

      It reminded me a little of nightmare before christmas when the skeletons came in. But it was particularly inventive in the beginning with the domino motif catastrophe that began their journey. The grandma reminded me of Madagascar's grandma character that thinks alex the lion is a bad kitty. The BBC boys did good. I think this film will win.

      But, I haven't seen "La Maison en Petits Cubes" and I cannot find it anywhere online. I believe it's already made into a DVD with a few alternate endings/versions, so they are probably protective of it.

  50. QUESTION:
    Need to know about animation?
    Im looking into animation , like flash animation and also the animation people use/do for disney films
    can anyone give me any sorta of information on these?
    what programs they use etc.
    id really appreciate it :)

    • ANSWER:
      disney films are traditionally hand-drawn, then traced onto cels (sheets of clear acetate), and shot using a camera mounted above the pegged drawings.

      i'm an animation major, and i do traditional hand-drawn animation. as for programs, we use a pencil test machine called a lunchbox, along with a digital camera that shoots each still frame and sends it to the lunchbox. but if you're doing it from home, then it's a bit harder.

      when i want to do a simple test at home, to check my stuff before going to the lunchbox, i use a program called Frame Thief. it's free to download, and very easy to use. i simply hook up a digital camera (i use an elura) to my computer, shoot each drawing, and frame thief takes care of the rest.

      if you want to know exactly how hand-drawn animation works, it's simple but time-consuming. the short answer is, we start with a drawing. say i want to animate a man waving his hand. i'd draw a man standing. the next frame would be the same man, but with his hand slightly raised. the next frame would be his hand slightly more raised, and then the next even more raised, until his hand is up in the air.

      it works because of something called persistence of vision. an image will stay kind of burned in your vision for a split second after it is seen, so a series of drawings with slight changes in them seen in quick succession will appear to move.

      to ensure that the man (or whatever you're drawing) doesn't jump around the page, we use paper punched with three holes; these holes fit on something called a pegbar, with pegs to match the holes. the pegbar is usually mounted on a lightbox to let you see the drawing underneath the one you're working on, but a lightbox isn't necessary.

      when you shoot, the camera must be mounted solidly so it doesn't move, and your drawings must be put on pegs under the camera so that they don't move either.

      also, film usually runs at about 24 frames per second, so that means 24 drawings for each second of animation, though you can get away with only 12 frames per second, each frame shot twice. this is called animating on twos.

      if you would like further explanation, feel free to message me! i know a lot about both the process and the history of traditional animation.

      i can also explain to you how flash works, if you like, but i personally dislike the look of flash animations and i recommend going into hand-drawn if you're truly interested in starting. it's much nicer-looking, and more fun if you ask me.

 

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