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5 Tips to Organize Your Freelance Animation Business

Freelance Animation Business Tips
Starting your own business can be tough. As a freelance animator, you need to juggle between being an artist, an accountant, a marketer, and a decent human being all at the same time! It can be hard to find time when everything around us is calling for our attention.


Giveaway! Dragons 2 vs. The Lego Movie

How to Train Your Dragon 2 vs. The Lego Movie

Come one, come all, and join this animation duel! We’re giving away a copy of either How to Train Your Dragon 2 or The Lego Movie, and YOU will decide which. Leave a comment for a chance to win!


Four Lessons in Storytelling from Disney’s Latest Animated Films

Four story lessons from Disney's latest Animated Feature Films
Animated films often live or die based on their story and characters, so these aspects of film-making should be extremely important to all animators. As an author, storytelling is extremely important to me, and learning to study it is vital. Today we’ll dissect four lessons we can take away from a few of Disney’s latest animated features. The movies may not be perfect, but there are concrete reasons they’ve been successful and you can put those things in your own work as well!

Let’s learn a thing or two from Disney, shall we?


A Lip-sync Must-Know for Limited Style Animation

Lip Sync Tip for Animation
Here’s a quick tip for any lip sync you’re doing in any limited-style animation. By extending your “open” mouth symbol/drawing a touch past when the audio ends, your character will feel more solid and the audio seems much more like it’s actually coming from the character’s lips.


Believable animation & finding your career path – Interview with Samy Fecih – UPDATE: Now also as mp3

In this interview lead animator Samy Fecih opens a treasure chest of valuable animation tipps and tricks. We talk about good and bad acting, working with reference, the challenges of realistic vs. cartoony styles and more… It’s an hour packed with animation know-how wrapped up with some advice for your demoreel and career path.

UPDATE: You don’t need no picture with your interviews? Click here for an audio only version to listen to. There are some tiny moments though where Samy shows stuff to the camera, but everything should still be understandable.

Animation Q&A with Josh Taback and Jim Schumann

The Animator Island Podcast Animation Q&A with Josh Taback

Josh Taback returns for another Animator Island Q&A! This time he’s brought Dreamworks’ Producer Jim Schumann along and the two have an audio podcast version of the Q&A for your listening pleasure.

*Download it now by right-clicking here!*

Some of the highlights include which programs are the very best for digital drawing, how to deal with moving holds, and the every popular topic of jobs in the animation industry! Check it out, and if you have questions for the next Q&A send them along or leave them in the comment section right here!

Animation Targets – Know your speed to make your goals

Animation targets indicate how many seconds of animation you have to get done per week. Find out why it`s vital to know how fast you can animate. Learn five simple factors to estimate and adjust the animation targets of your projects to make sure that you will reach your goals. Watch the video or read the transcript…

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Planning a Production: Why Plan at All?

Why plan in animation?

Do you enjoy planning your production? And I’m not talking about anything content related like research or animatics, I mean schedules, shotlists, cost calculations and the like. Let me guess, the actual work like writing, acting, and posing sounds a lot more fun. However, I can tell you from my own painful experiences that chaotic, unplanned productions will end in chaos, delays or even a dead end and lots of wrecked nerves. That`s why you need to plan and that`s why it`s about time that we dedicate an entire series to this complex but vital issue. Behold our first topic: Why plan?


Animation Styles & Independent Filmmaking – Hannes Rall – FMX 2014

In this interview, independent animation director Hannes Rall pleads for the use of more diverse styles in animation. Find out how and why you should make your work stand out with inventive style choices and hear how you can get your animation career started.

Three Lessons from the Filmmaking Trenches

Filmmaking Lessons

Today we have a guest post from new filmmaker Angelo Thomas, who is currently working on Yellow Brick Road, an animated film set in the Wizard of Oz universe. Angelo shares lessons learned from this intense project so that anyone thinking of starting their own film has a head start in the process.