Short Films Animation

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Where can i find the 2010 oscar nominees in short films/animation part?
    Im looking for the list of 82nd (2010) academy award nominees in short films/animation part. where can i find this list? and if it doesn't release yet when can i find the nominees list?
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Nominees for the 2010 Academy Awards will be announced February 2, 2010. (Oscars are March 7, 2010, not in February) Since the criteria for short films is that they must have a three day paid admission run in Los Angeles with at least 2 showings a day or have won a major film festival award by September 30, 2009 you can see that it would be impossible to have any kind of a list by now.

      Check back at the Oscar site on 2/2/2010 for the list of nominees:
      http://www.oscars.org

  2. QUESTION:
    How and is it possible to make a 3D Animation short films using 3ds max software?
    Is it possible to make 3D Animation short films using 3ds max 2009 software with a good quality with below system configurations.

    i3 Processor, 2GB RAM, 320 HDD, 512 MB nVidia Graphics Card, 64 BIT system.

    I checked in Autodesk website the above configuration is OK. But other website are telling you want add some ram for good rendering. I just want how the rendering quality is for my system.

    • ANSWER:
      The rendering will be sort of slow but it is doable. It sounds like you have the first system i had for 3ds max 2009 lol. Although you meet the minimum req, i would suggest that you look into getting at least 4GB of ram. If you ever wish to play with particles, you will quickly learn that 2GB is simply not enough. 4GB is simply not enough but at least you'll be able to up the particle count so much more than with 2GB. Another suggestion for rendering these animations would be to use default scanline or a very fast renderer like either Final Render (regular object rendering) or Krakatoa (for particle rendering) over Mental Ray. Vray can be a good renderer also but the higher the quality, the slower it gets. Mental ray is a great renderer but can be EXTRA slow with very high quality renders and a slow system. Another tip is to render to image formats rather than video. It's so much faster. You can put the sequences together in AE very quickly and have you results sooner.

  3. QUESTION:
    What is the best editing software out there?
    I'm a film student, and I'm looking for an editing software that has good plenty of effects or plugin effects available.
    I usually make short films and animations.

    I've heard that Avid and Final cut is pretty good.
    But how about adobe after effects, or adobe premiere? Are those mainly good for doing/editing animation?
    And among all those named, which editing software is the best in your opinion and why?

    Thanks for any help out there!

    • ANSWER:
      If you were a film student, you would know that Avid is the best editing software today. Several years ago, Final Cut Pro was giving them a run for their money, but that has all changed in recent years.

      Adobe Premier is a toy and shouldn't be bothered with unless you're just looking to play around at home to learn.

      After Effects is an effects software and is very cumbersome to edit in. Although, it might be a good idea to include it your repertoire to fill out your skill set.

  4. QUESTION:
    Looking for a movie of a done in a certain style of animation?
    For those of you who've watched the first Kill Bill the animation where it explain's O-Ren Ishii's background? I'm looking for any movies, short films and animations where it uses that style of quickly drawn animation that uses the same style of art.

    • ANSWER:
      this might help:
      Kazuto Nakazawa (中澤 一登, Nakazawa Kazuto?, born March 4, 1968) is a Japanese character designer and director of numerous anime series and video games. His directorial work includes Parasite Dolls, the anime sequence in Kill Bill volume 1, and the Moondrive segment of Genius Party Beyond. He has designed characters for many anime, such as Ashita no Nadja and Samurai Champloo, for which he also served as animation director. In addition to his work with anime, he designed the characters of Tales of Legendia and was the animation director of Devil Kings. Throughout his career, he has worked also as an animator, providing key animations to anime such as The Animatrix's "Kid's Story" and "A Detective Story". He has made two appearances at anime conventions in the United States: at Otakon in 1999 and 2006. He also animated the Joe Hahn-directed music video for the Linkin Park song "Breaking the Habit."

  5. QUESTION:
    Looking for the name of this clay animation short series featuring garden creatures in England?
    Fabulously funny short films done in clay animation, same style as Wallace and Gromit... These are done as a series of interviews with various animals residing in a homestead in the English Countryside. I'm trying to find the name of the series or creators.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like it might be Creature Comforts. It's made by Aardman, same people as Wallace and Gromit.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creature_Comforts

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the most popular style for animated short films?
    I was thinking about making a short animated film for a short film festival but i'm not sure whether i should go with a Simpsons type 2D toon boom style animation or a 3D style in Maya. Which style is more popular and would give me a higher chance at getting into a festival?

    • ANSWER:
      The animation style doesn't really matter, it's more about having a good story and interesting characters. Think about South Park for example, their animation style is unusual but simple - their original cartoon was made with paper figures and stop motion animation (now with computers obviously but in the same style) yet it's been one of the most successful animated shows ever. Having an usual or non-conformist animation style may actually work in your favour, as it will give people a memorable visual impression of your work.

  7. QUESTION:
    What is a good computer animation program for someone just starting out?
    I really want to purchase software that will allow me to make animated short films. I don't have animation experience, I'm not extremely computer savvy, and I don't have much money. Does anybody know of a good-quality, easy-to-use, reasonably priced animation program? My computer is a Dell laptop Inspiron E1405, if that's a factor. Thanks so much for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      A good one to use is Flash Animator :) (Adobe is best)
      Simple and fun to use, it has made many famous videos such as Charlie the Unicorn! <3

  8. 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.

  9. QUESTION:
    What would be a good schedule for making a 5-minute CG animated short film?
    When I made my first short film, I was very disorganized and did not know what I was doing. Now that I might do another short film, I want to plan it all out like other animators. How many months should I spend on each step of the CG animation process if the film is 5 minutes?

    • ANSWER:
      My boyfriend and I just created a 4 minute animated film in two months. This was a really tight deadline but we got it done and it looks great. I woudl suggest giving yourself a shorter deadline than you think you need so you feel like it's urgent to finish.

  10. QUESTION:
    How do you analyze a short film?
    For my English final, we have to analyze the Pixar short 'Boundin'. I have no clue where to start analyzing a short film. Is there anything in particular you do to analyze a short film? Help!!
    I'm pretty positive the style of analyzing he wants us to do is the style you'd use when analyzing a poem. So I have to use a form of poetry analysis for a Pixar short.

    • ANSWER:
      What is the theme , what are the highlights of the plot and character(s) , are the voices natural or seem contrived , how does the animation and background add to the plot , atmosphere and character development , what/which character(s) are germane to the plot and theme , what are the symbolisms and what theme(s) are reiterated .

      edit: that's odd. There isn't any dialog really in that short film if I recall. You could analyze the way the theme was represented in the animation. The techniques used.

      If you're still unsure, ask your teacher about it. He'll like that you're interested and he surely will explain to you what he wants exactly.

  11. 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

  12. QUESTION:
    What is the Easiest to Learn 3D Animation Program?
    I need an easy-to-learn 3D animation program that can create decent 3D short films, just as a hobby. Anim8tor animations seem a little too unrefined due to the simplicity of the program. I need a short learning curve as well.
    Here are some possible candidates:
    Anim8tor
    Blender
    Lightwave 3D
    Maya
    Swift3D"?"
    Google Sketchup "???"

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      i use google sketchup and blender. because they're both free, but both amazing.

      for learning sketchup start here-http://sketchup.google.com/training/videos/new_to_gsu.html

      for learning blender start here-http://www.totallyblended.com/Tutorials/ (start with the tutorial at the bottom of the page)

  13. QUESTION:
    What type of modeling clay is used for stop-motion animation? And what type of clay is used for scultping?
    I was curious of the two, I want to make small figurings (maybe 6 or so inches high, not movable) first and then work to make a stop motion animation short film. Whatis the best type of clay for both?

    • ANSWER:
      I think they must use a non-hardening cla for stop-motion animation. But I know a lot more about sculpting. I have a BFA & my emphasis was sculpture. So if you are looking to do small figurines, there is a number of "clays" you can use. If you are looking to have them bronzed or casted in some way, I'd recommend Roma or a Plasticine clay, these are oil based clay that will never harden, you can easily work them into what you need. However if you are looking for a less professional method & less expensive & time consuming, I would TOTALLY RECOMMEND using "Sculpey" or a polymer oven bake clay (There are several kinds, but Sculpey is my favorite). You can make whatever you'd like in the colors they offer or paint them after they are baked & cooled. I have used Sculpey in my professional artwork & I love it. It is very pliable & you can even carve into it with a dremel after it's hardened too. It's easy to use, non-toxic & bakes in the oven. You can find this at art supply & craft stores like Michael's & Jo-Ann Fabrics. Or on line at Dick-Blicks. "Paper Clay" that air dries is also another option for you.

      If you want to end up doing stop animation with these figurines, though, then I'd suggest using Sculpey, but not baking them so you can move & adjust the figures freely. Polymer clay will not harden but since it's more of a craft clay it will in time get dryer & even brittle.

      Hope this helps.

  14. QUESTION:
    What program does Disney use for its 2D animated features?
    I'm not talking about 3D, just 2D.

    I was wondering whether they use ToonBoom or something of the sort, because I am seriously considering buying a program that Disney uses for the creation of my own short film for the animation program I'm in.

    As mentioned, I'm only interested in the 2D animation software - such as that used for Princess and the Frog (as a more recent example).

    • ANSWER:
      the princess and the frog DOES use ToonBoom, along with the upcoming Winnie the Pooh movie (my childhood is coming back :-) ). Anyway, I do not no what the older movies like Alice in wonderland or Cinderella used to use, but i'm certain the they now use to ToonBoom. Good luck with the short film!!!!

  15. QUESTION:
    Where is a good site to view animation shorts?
    I am interested in animation short films done by students or anyone else who just likes to do this type of work. But I can't seem to find a site that has a collection for viewing.

    It can be any animation style, 3D, traditional, flash.. you name it I like it.

    Any websites you know of?

    • ANSWER:
      Here..
      http://www.bestflashanimationsite.com
      http://www.miniclip.com
      http://www.myanimelist.net

  16. QUESTION:
    How do you write a short story for cartoon and animation?
    Hi, I am trying to create a short animation film, roughly about 2-5 minutes. I need some help on creating the story as this is where I lack any creativity.

    I am thinking of sticking to one character rather than two since developing two characters would probably take much longer. But if the plot is good which requires two characters, then I'll make two.

    -Characters I was thinking of is a teen boy or girl.
    -Now I need to figure out the theme, their goal, an obstacle, and how they can overcome that obstacle to get to their goal. For the theme I was sort of thinking to start of with a sad beginning and conclude with a happy or satisfying ending.
    It's the in-between, or plot, which I can't come up with.

    What is a good format to follow? Start with characters first? Start with a setting or theme?

    Any advice and suggestions are greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Try asking on the comic forum. They have REALLY knowledgeable people there since nobody was able to answer you here.

  17. QUESTION:
    what are the best programs to use to add toon animations to a video?
    i have ideas of short films i want to create but i want to be able to add interactive animations to the video. for example. lets say i had a scene of myself sleeping and i wanted a bunch of zzzs to come out of my mouth, which program would be best for something like that.

    • ANSWER:
      Best program is Adobe After Effects. You can do SOOOOOO much with this program. It is a industry standard for visual effects which is exaclty what you need. Its used in many commercials and movies. I own it and use it in every movie i make. There are tons of tutorials on things you can do with this program on the internet and im sure if you search youtube "text animation in after effects" you'll find something you can use.

      Its kinda hard to get used to at first but once you do the possiblilties are endless.
      Videocopilot.net has basic tutorial as well as advanced ones too!

      if you go to academicsuperstore.com you can find a cheap student version of Adobe After Effects CS4. (0-0) however im sure if you search youtube you'll find a video showing how to get it for free.

      Good luck with your video and message me if you need help.

  18. QUESTION:
    Are there any animated short films of a gothic style?
    Along the lines of Tim Burton's stuff, and the short film of 9.
    It can be any kind of animation (stop motion, flash...)
    Apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic, and fantasy shorts are good as well.

    • ANSWER:
      You might like "The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello".

  19. QUESTION:
    What was the name of the animated film about an old gardener in a dystopian world?
    I remember coming across a french short animation on VHS about an old man who was the last human on the earth. There used to be a video on youtube, but I can't seem to find links anywhere.

    The story had a strong environmental message, and ran for about 15 minutes.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe "The Man Who Planted Trees"? I don't think he was the last human on earth but it does take place in an abandoned area.
      There is an English version on youtube but it's hard to hear the narrator..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pk4CdF-BpBg

  20. QUESTION:
    What is the name of this children's film company that produces animated shorts?
    I know this is vague, but I remember when I was little watching these animated short films that weren't made by any large company. I always sorted them in my memory with the Rankin Bass films. I don't remember much, but I remember the logo being painted out in primary colors and that is was an acronym. I distinctly remember it starting with an "F" and I think there could have been an "I" or "L", possibly an "E." It was also all lowercase. Does anyone have any ideas?

    The animation was cheap quality compared to companies like Disney.

    • ANSWER:
      Family Home Entertainment
      http://images.bcdb.com/pictures/other/logo/fhe.jpg
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_Home_Entertainment

  21. QUESTION:
    How can I copyright all original content current and future on my website?
    I have a website I will be updating a few times a week with original animations and short films along with concept art for the animations and other kinds of media. How can I copyright everything on my site so that the copyright info I have on the bottom of every page "All original content (C) 2008 (My Name)" actually means something? Will my logo, site name, all content be copyrighted?

    • ANSWER:
      The material on your website is automatically protected by copyright once it is "fixed".

      The copyright notice (i.e., the circled c symbol) is actually not necessary for copyright protection. However, the copyright notice makes others aware of your copyright, effectively preventing a defense of innocent infringement,

      For more information on copyright notice, consult the link below.

      http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.html#noc

  22. QUESTION:
    How do I create my own short animations?
    I'd like to start making my own short animations with sound, similar to the short flash films found online. I'm just an amature looking to have a little fun and mess around for a few hours from time to time. What programs would I need? Can I get them free? Can I turn them into a .wmv to play on my computer? How about putting them in a format to be played on a DVD player? Thanks much for any help!

    • ANSWER:
      I asked myself this very same question this morning. Guess I'll sit tight and see what kind of answers you get.

  23. QUESTION:
    What is the best college for computer animation?
    I really want to make animated videos. Like cgi short films that are 10-15 minutes long. What is the best college for this?

    • ANSWER:
      Best? Falcon NW Mach V. but that is an upwards of ,000. If by best you mean "affordable" I would recommend a Macbook Pro. if you still cannot afford, just go look on HP or DELL for something.

  24. QUESTION:
    Disney channel short animations with foxes in it?
    It may have been Disney channel that came out with these short film. And it would be played on a commercial break. It was an animated short-series that had foxes in it, who loved sardines. What is the name?

    • ANSWER:
      Not sure about Disney or sardines but I'm going to throw out Pablo the Little Red Fox
      Ep: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-URH5Y_mwoM

  25. QUESTION:
    is a Mac desktop or laptop good for editing my animations and short films?
    and if so of any, which type should i buy and with what film & animation making programs ( professional programs )

    • ANSWER:

  26. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for one man to produce an animated film within months?
    I've started on an animated short film, but I'm the only artist I know. I just have to really get on it, because I know the animation process takes time, which leads me to another question... how does an animated series keep coming with so many episodes in so little time? I'm an aspiring animator/filmmaker, and I really want to learn this stuff, so please, no dumb answers.

    • ANSWER:
      If you concentrate on the story and keep the characters and background simple then you should be able to make a short animation by yourself. You can add complexity with each new movie, but starting out simple is the best strategy for success.

  27. QUESTION:
    How easy is it to make a short animated film?
    How long would it take to make a short, simple, animation. Maybe a comedy?

    • ANSWER:
      Not that easy.
      First, you're looking at 30 fps (frames per second). Even if you double-frame each drawing, that's still 15 drawings per second of your film.
      If you want to have a character talking, you must first record your audio, and then mark out your frames, so that your character's mouth movements match each second of the sounds being made in the audio, so that that animation appears to say the lines with the same timing as the audio.
      You have to create backgrounds. Refine the drawings (and color them, if you want color), and put it all together. Depending on what you're doing and how proficiently you are doing it, it can take a few days or a few weeks. That's for a simple one, and very very short one.
      There are always shortcuts. It really depends on what type of film you are wanting to make and how much you want it to flow. A popular shortcut is to have the character be part of the background, and only animate the mouth. This way, you don't draw your character 15 times, just the lip-sync.

      This is, of course, assuming you are talking about 2-D.

  28. QUESTION:
    How do I make an animated short?
    I want to make some short films based on the Goddess Girl books. I don't know what program to use though!

    • ANSWER:
      What medium are you wanting to animate with? There are programs key for each type. Windows Movie Maker or IMovie (whether you use pc or mac) can suffice fine for an amateur animation. Other programs, such as Dragonframe (for stopmotion) and the like, are higher dollar but very particular in the editing process.

  29. QUESTION:
    How to create own movie with animation software?
    Hi
    I want to create my own movie, without using real actor but pc software where i can animate realistic looking models for a mini short film I want to do. Something not too hard to use but something that is capable of really impressive results.

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    How to create impressive animations quickly?
    Quick but beautiful animation techniques?

    Hi all! I am interested in creating a short animated film but realise that creating animation can be extremely time consuming if you draw out each and every single frame of the piece. Does anyone know of any beautiful but faster techniques to create animations? - maybe a combination of real film and animation? perhaps there is software that can fill the 'in between' frames of different positions? How would you go about it? Would love to hear your ideas. Please also give links to examples and extra information if possible! Cheers!

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    Which countries where animation is very popular media besides Japan and South Korea ?
    I remember Russia have amazing short animation films but they still do it?

    Are there other countries where animation is very popular media ?
    besides America.
    I don't think animation in American isn't popular. Majority don't watch animation shows nor movies.

    • ANSWER:
      If american animation wasn't popular, then how is disney popular in other countries? I would say French and Canada, are the next popular media (but some think it's american because it shows up in America using the english language).

  32. QUESTION:
    What is a great rotoscope animation software?
    I make short films, but i wanna make one that has the cartoon look like the Charles Schwab commercials.. I just need a really good software that animates it for me.. Thanks..

    • ANSWER:
      Somebody from the software section could help you with that.

  33. QUESTION:
    Is there any software I can use to animate my own films?
    I prefer 2D animations for short films, but please no video editing stuff, I only want to make 2-minutes movies that look hand-drawn.
    I prefer not to first draw every frame and then scan it, simply because it's too much work and the quality won't be good.
    Also, please din't give me software that only puts together or edits pictures!
    Thanks in advance :-)

    • ANSWER:
      try this
      http://www.makeagif.com/
      http://plasticanimationpaper.dk/
      http://goanimate.com/
      .

  34. QUESTION:
    What is a good computer software program that creates animation for a short film?
    I'm hoping for animation similar to what was used in I Met The Walrus...obviously I know I won't be able to do the same type of animation but I just mean that I want something that won't look too computerized.

    • ANSWER:
      u can go with this link put your query like computer software program that creates animation for a short film
      /technologysearchengine.org/
      and search for refine your search use different actegory

  35. QUESTION:
    how much do I need to know to make a flash movie in Adobe Flash?
    I want to start animating flash movies starting from absolute scratch. Ultimately I want to produce short films such as salad fingers (as well as electronically composing the music for my projects) and I need to know where to start.

    I have Adobe Flash CS5 installed, now what?

    • ANSWER:
      Check out Youtube for all the tutorials you'll need to get going with animating your project in Adobe Flash. Just type the word tutorial after what it is you wish to learn about and you'll find something.

      As for the music portion of the animation, I would suggest getting a program call Fruity Loops. I'm currently using FL9 and you can do amazing things with this music software. Check it out on Youtube as well (just type FL9 tutorial and you'll see what I mean)

  36. QUESTION:
    How does the computer language Python apply to blender 3d (particularly making animated movies)?
    I was hoping to dive into making an animated short film as a little summer project. And i heard i should learn python to do so. Any advice for learning blender/python is appreciated as I am doing this by myself with no experience. Cheers!

    • ANSWER:
      Python is rarely used in the animation part of blender.
      Usually python is used in the game engine for advanced features...
      (Wherever you heard it from may have misunderstood?)

  37. QUESTION:
    Who made the short film Logorama?
    I only heard about this short animation film from the Academy Awards ceremony and saw it on YouTube, but I don't know who really made and how they all got the idea. R.S.V.P.,anyone.

    • ANSWER:
      "Logorama is a 17-minute animated film written and directed by H5/ François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy and Ludovic Houplain, and produced by Autour de Minuit."

  38. QUESTION:
    The design process in animation and short films - Whats the best way to get started and to present your ideas?
    So for uni i'm making a short animated film. I have a few ideas but i feel like i have nothing to work from. I like creating sketchbooks with ideas in so that i can portray my ideas in the work checks we have for uni, i think i need to do things like storyboards and mood boards but i was wondering if anyone else had a specific useful way of working?

    It feels like im the only animator on the planet sometimes...!!

    • ANSWER:
      You start off with a storyline and character list.
      You design your characters- poses, facial expressions, dimensions, colors, erc.
      From there, you create your storyboards and script that show the movement of the animation.
      Then you design backgrounds and start they keyframes of your animation.
      Animate, scan in, put together.

      That's how I do it. Hope it helps.

  39. 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!!

  40. QUESTION:
    What are some good animation programs?
    Hello, I'm interested in making short films as a hobby of mine during the summer and I wanted to know what are some of the best animation programs to use? I'm interested in both hand drawn or 3D animation, any advice would be helpful!

    • ANSWER:
      monkeyjam (freeware for stop motion, works with jpegs ) - http://www.giantscreamingrobotmonkeys.com/monkeyjam/index.html

      A list of free gif animation tools:
      http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/gifanimationsoftware/GIF_Animation_Software_for_Windows_and_Macintosh.htm

  41. QUESTION:
    What music would be good for this?
    I am planning to make a short film for a project i have to do at school and I need to find some music that can be playing in the background for the duration of the film. I already have a couple of ideas of using some music that a friend suggested from World of Warcraft.
    Does anyone have any suggestions that would fit, I'm looking for something that has a wintery feel as the film is an animation about a polar bear. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      "Winter" Joshua Radin

      "River Flows in you" Yiruma

      "Violet Hill" Coldplay
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBeAP8EZ9Lc

      "Naval" Yann Tiersen

  42. QUESTION:
    How can i take or make a video of my still frame animation using a video camera and a digital camera?
    i am experimenting with still frame animation...i have made one short film on still frame animation..but if i wanted to actually use a video camera and a digital to make still frame how would i go about doing this??

    you can see my still frame animation
    here----->http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1V7N_xYXo8
    it is called happy smoke detector!!!
    hope you enjoy and can give me some tips!!
    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      What you're doing seems to be fine. What exactly do you want to know? You can use either a video camera, webcam or digital camera to do stop motion. A camcorder or webcam would be the easiest to use, since they are easily recognized by frame-grabber stop motion software. Digital cameras have a sh itload of problems when it comes to stop motion. They can be overcome, but you need to be aware of them.

      You should check out this site:

      http://www.stopmotionaniamtion.com

      it's a message board frequented by stop motion animators who help eachother out. They even have a handbook section with general info on a bunch of topics.

      http://www.stopmotionanimation.com/handbook/

      If you're looking for a program to compile your still photos into a movie, give Monkeyjam a try. It's free.

      http://www.giantscreamingrobotmonkeys.com/monkeyjam

      Here are some resources on the basic principles of animation. These principles are just as important in stop motion as they are in 2D animation.

      http://www.idleworm.com/how/index.shtml
      http://www.awn.com/tooninstitute/lessonplan/lesson.htm
      http://www.animationarena.com/principles-of-animation.html
      http://www.animationmeat.com/notes/notes.html

      Let me know if you need more help or info.

  43. QUESTION:
    How can I create an animation cartoon?
    I want to do a short animation film , but I don't know where to start

    • ANSWER:
      if you only have microsoft paint and windows movie maker then you draw a pic then make it go frame by frame and then put it together on WMM so it looks like its moving. if you don know how to frame by frame it to make it move,then you may wanna look up a tutorial on YouTube. it takes a few days (or a whole day of work) but in the end it looks nice 😀

  44. QUESTION:
    What is the name of this animated short?
    I am looking for a short animated film about a boy who is afraid of his violent father. The animation is Norwegian, I think (or from somewhere in Northern Europe). I can't remember the name of this short.
    Does it ring a bell to anyone?

    • ANSWER:
      'Sinna mann' (Angry man) by Anita Killi.

  45. QUESTION:
    Can you give me a list of film festivals for students in high school or under?
    I'm 13 and i've been making films for a long time now. My films are very advanced, and I've been entering many small film festivals but I want a big step. Can you give me a list of film festivals I can enter that can be at least an hour long? NO SHORT FILM FESTIVALS! Please, I'm tired of staying the same place! Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Try the Moondance International Film Festival http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com
      They have many categories including the Dolphin Award: Dolphin Award
      Young people 18 years of age or younger, male or female. Moondance accepts submissions for this award in the genres of short narrative, documentary, multi-media, music videos, or animation video film, as well as short screenplays, short stories or short stageplays.

  46. QUESTION:
    How old are the members of the Furious Five in the movie Kung fu Panda?
    I have been curious since I saw the direct to DvD short film.

    • ANSWER:
      Their ages are never specified. And you can't really tell any of the characters ages by looking at them.

      There is also no timeline in which Po who is telling their stories is given.

      Lots of people will tell you it takes place 20 years prior to the movie, the only problem with this is that it puts characters like Viper and Crane in there mid to late thirty's.

      And as a rule of animation if it isn't mentioned its not impotent.

  47. QUESTION:
    How old are the members of the Furious Five in the movie Kung fu Panda?
    I have been curious since I saw the direct to DvD short film.

    • ANSWER:
      Their ages are never specified. And you can't really tell any of the characters ages by looking at them.

      There is also no timeline in which Po who is telling their stories is given.

      Lots of people will tell you it takes place 20 years prior to the movie, the only problem with this is that it puts characters like Viper and Crane in there mid to late thirty's.

      And as a rule of animation if it isn't mentioned its not impotent.

  48. QUESTION:
    Is the short film of the new "9" movie a spoiler of the entire story?
    I'm extremely excited about the movie. As much as I would hate to wait until 9-9-09 to get more of the movie than just the trailers, I would hate to watch the movie and know the basic plot and ending.

    Can someone, who has watched the short film by Shane Acker, tell me if they believe it spoils the story?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think it spoils the story. It's a lot different.

      In the original short film (made in 2005), there is no dialogue and the only beanbag guy is "9". He fights a mechanized beast. The story is actually very well-told visually, conveying all sorts of information without words.

      From what I've seen in the trailers, the movie took the basic idea of the short (beanbag guys in a post-apocalyptic world) and expanded upon it, adding all sorts of characters and mythology. The movie will probably have a lot of adventures and, I *guess*, the main character will be "9".

      The short film is just a snapshot of 9's life. Basically he outsmarts one bad guy and avenges his old mentor. Just a quick 10-minute story. I don't even know if the "9" from the short is the same character as the "9" in the feature film. They might've just copied the name and the look.

      I wasn't interested in seeing the movie. Even with Tim Burton's involvement. It looked like something that should've been a video game. But when I learned about the original short I checked it out and it was very good. Definitely worth a watch, especially for animation fans. I still don't know if I want to see the movie, but I doubt the short spoils anything. It might just give you a taste of what it's all about.

      The short is available on YouTube, if you're interested.

  49. QUESTION:
    How to Write An Oscar Winning Screenplay?
    I have just finished writing an outline for an animated short film. I am about to start writing a screenplay for the animation. So, what makes a screenplay great? What criteria does a screenplay has to have for it to be good enough to win awards, such as an Oscar?

    • ANSWER:
      They're no one answer. If people knew, every person who wanted would have won an Oscar.

      The best you can do is learn the screenplays, including their structure, how they flow, their loglines, etc. Also, what's the latest trends - I'm not sure where short animated films stand in the award arena.

      Just learn learn learn, practice practice, rewrite a million times.

      If you want a professional's opinion on the weaknesses and strength of your screenplay, including the structure, the characters, format, what will make it better and so on... they've got services that do that (it's called coverage). They are expensive though, so you must know which to choose so that you don't pay just anyone. It's worth it though, not only for that one screenplay, but also for future works. At least for the first screenplay/s. It will help you get the right direction.

  50. QUESTION:
    What is the best software for 2D animation?
    I plan on making a short film and it's very action oriented. I'm very big with camera angles as well, I don't mind paying up to around 0.

    • ANSWER:


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