Is there a difference between the hero, the main character, and the protagonist? Does a sidekick sharing 90% of screen time with the hero count as one of the main characters? There is a lot of confusion about these terms. Let’s see if we can sort this out…
November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. I had the opportunity to participate this year, and complete the goal of writing 50,000 words in 30 days. What common themes can we learn from the challenge to apply to our animation work? Read on to find out!
If you’ve not seen it before, absolutely check out the YouTube channel “Every Frame a Painting.” Tony Zhou breaks down scenes, films, and styles in a way that is extremely approachable and helpful to everyone who works in film and animation.
Every day it seems another few books for animators hit the shelves, and there are no lack of options for where to spend your hard-earned money. How do the pair of Drawn to Life books by Walt Stanchfield stack up to the rest? Do they deserve a spot on your bookshelf?
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?
As some of you might have seen in the talkback video, I recently started learning magic… well, magic tricks since real magic doesn’t seem to exist, it’s as close as I can get. It’s not only a relaxing hobby, it also taught me a lot that I can use for animation and storytelling. While I expected to learn things like directing attention or providing information in a such a way that it will not be questioned by the audience, the scope of the biggest lesson caught me a little off guard: It’s not the magician who makes the magic, it’s the audience.