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.

Contrast makes your art stand out

By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock YouTube Contrast can improve many aspect of your art and animation: Your posing, your timing, your staging – even your storytelling. Find out how you can unleash the power of contrast.

3 Crucial Tips for Cinematic Authors


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Love Your Characters – more quick FMX story tips


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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Lessons From Disney’s Zootopia

Animator Lessons from Disney's Zootopia Animation

Disney’s Zootopia has quickly climbed to the number one spot of… well, pretty much every list, it seems like. An incredible score of 98% on Rottentomatos, 8.4/10 on imdb and it even broke Frozen’s opening week box office record (gasp). So, what is it that so many people like about this film? Let’s take a look at what makes Zootopia special and what we as animators can learn from it.

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