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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.

Story and Animation of “In A Heartbeat”

A while ago the beautiful animation short film “In a Heartbeat” went viral. A great opportunity to learn for our own projects. In this video we have a closer look at the story and animation of this heartwarming film.

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Working Conditions of the VFX and Animation Industry

Can you make it in the VFX/Animation industry? Do you need to go to school for it? Can you live from the money you make? What is it like to work in the industry? Check out this in-depth interview with VFX artist Christian Bohm and join the discussion in the comments!...

51 Great Animation Loops to Practice

Thousands of animators have discovered our post 51 Great Animation Exercises to Master. It’s time to get to practicing once again with this sequel, all about animated loops! Animated loops are extremely valuable. With minimal work you can: Create something that feels...

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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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