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Story and Animation of “In A Heartbeat”

By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock YouTube 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.

Are You Using Reference Correctly?

Artists work to capture the magic of life and transpose it onto a canvass. Whether the medium is animation, digital illustration, charcoal drawings, or any number of other art styles, reference is key. But many animators are using reference incorrectly. Are you one of them?

4 Character Components Every Story Needs – FMX Story Lecture

Here are four basic ingredients that you have to think about when creating characters for your story. They seem surprisingly obvious and simple, but even Hollywood messes these up on a regular basis – so don’t take them too lightly. This list is based on a lecture that USTAR Professor Craig Caldwell held at the FMX conference.

Intention Cues

Humans are terrible liars. Our body language constantly gives away what we are thinking and what we are about to do next. These are called intention cues and have landed countless criminals behind bars. For animators they are a treasure trove of gestures to sprinkle on your animation for extra believability. Learn how and when …

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Animation is Not About Movement

The 11 Second Club forum recently returned to normal service after a bit of buggy downtime, and I’ve been posting there a lot more since the fix. One thing that keeps springing up lately is an obsession with movement. Unfortunately what a lot of animators seem to be forgetting is: Animation isn’t about movement.

Acting Tips from Ed Hooks

I had the pleasure of attending the Acting for Animators workshop by Ed Hooks at this year’s FMX conference in Stuttgart Germany. Here are a few tips and tricks he mentioned to improve your animation! If you ever get a chance to attend one of his workshops, don’t miss that opportunity!

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