Ferdinand Engländer

Ferdinand Engländer

The problem with COPPA – Making the right choice about who is watching

Videos made for children are now treated differently on YouTube because of COPPA – the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. How will Coppa affect channels with animation? Does family-friendly content made for everyone count as made for kids? Turns out this is quite a complex issue… I try to give an overview about everything animators …

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Big moments in your story and animation – storytelling tip

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Here are 2 ways how you can make your stories and animation performances feel more epic and meaningful. 😮😍

If something feels big to your character, it will also feel big to your audience. We empathize with something being important as we have things that are important to us personally.

This can be seen from two sides:

Life changing moments

Life changing moments are one of the most important tools for storytelling. They can mark the start of the plot or be the big character change in the end.

They can come from the character actively seeking to change or stop something OR they could be the result of something that is done to the character.

Adrenaline moment

An adrenaline moment rushes the character with feelings and emotions.

These are usually those moments in life in which we are so happy, sad, angry or (most of the time) embarrassed that we will never ever forget them.

Thumbnail from one of the submissions for the animation challenge

AnimChallenge “Abracadabra” July 2019

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Analyzing and studying other people’s animations is a fantastic way to learn.

In this animation critique video we have a frame by frame look at the submissions for the July 2019 competitions of the AnimChallenge facebook group.

Why does your character move?

This makes or breaks your animation: Know WHY every single motion is happening! Find out what shortcut many beginners take and why that hurts your animation.

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