Thursday, 4 September 2014

The Secret of Animation

Norman gets animated - by Giovanni Braggio
Everyone knows that animation is easy - after all, the computer does all the work for you, right? Not like the old days, where you had to draw stuff - all those hand-drawn frames, at 24 frames a second! Now, you just tell the computer what to do, and it does it! Amazing. Below is a very short video by Giovanni Braggio, revealing the hidden secrets of computer animation.

Giovanni's video is very funny - and also very well animated. Behind the gag there is a serious point - animation takes time to learn, and time to create. One of the challenges of doing freelance work for clients is educating them in just how long this stuff actually takes, especially if you want to do it well.

animation tutorial part. 1 AKA "the secret of animation" from giovanni braggio on Vimeo.

For more information on finding work and surviving in the animation and visual effects business, read our post on how to find a job in the animation industry, and check out our post about what not to do at a job interview. Also see our post on starting your own small animation business, learn how to create an invoice, and see how we are helping our students find work through our film co-operative Nano Films.  Download the free Escape Studios Careers in VFX Handbook. Take a look at how can help you find a job, and read our piece about how to survive as a freelance animator. Also, find out what Cinesite look for in a student's demo reel, and read our post on setting up your own animation business. Also see our post about freelancers and taxes

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