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Become a better animator

Animator Island is a treasure trove of animation secrets, techniques, tips, and information on your quest to become a Master Animator. Our goal is to inspire you, dear artist, to reach new heights of movement, acting, and storytelling to propel the great medium of animation to exciting and brilliant new places.

Ducktales Teaser – Frame by frame Animation Analysis

A quick frame by frame look at the 15 seconds action-packed Ducktales teaser uncovering some interesting animation choices. What else can you spot? 😀

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Live Stream Q&A from November 3rd

This is a recording of our first animation Q&A live stream from November 3rd 2016. We talk about thumbnailing, golden poses, raising the quality level and speed when animating and try to grasp the magic of appeal. Thanks again so much to all the wonderful people...

Meet us Live on twitch – November 3rd

[getTwitchRail] To celebrate Animator Island’s 5 year anniversary we will have our first ever live stream at 1pm PDT (LA), 3pm CDT (Chicago), 4pm EDT (New York), 9pm CET (Europe). Join JK and me on twitch for discussing all things animation, get some questions...

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Physics in Animation: Action-Reaction

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To conclude his wonderful series on Animation Physics, professor Alejandro Garcia takes a look at one of the most known principles in physics: Action-Reaction. This article clears up some common misconceptions and helps you to add some punch to your animation (one that creates a proper reaction that is).

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3 Crucial Tips for Cinematic Authors

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Okay guys, so our last FMX 2016 article covered some specific tips to consider when creating characters for your films. Now we’re going to look at some general story creation advice that you should keep in mind from conception to final product. Ready? Here comes some more lightning quick tips expanded on from advice given by FMX speaker Christopher Lockhart in his lecture Could Your Story be a Movie?:

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Love Your Characters – more quick FMX story tips

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Last time in the FMX 2016 lecture series we discussed four story elements that help define your protagonist. For the next two articles, we’ll be focusing on a few things to keep in mind as you begin creating your story and your characters. The advice in this article is summarized and expanded upon from the FMX lectures given by USTAR Professor Craig Caldwell in his master class on story, and from speaker Christopher Lockhart (story editor at WME) in his lecture on cinematic stories. So, let’s get right into it with these quick and inspiring expert tips!

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