The 6 Steps of Animation

We’ve talked about how to make an animated movie and the difference between 2D and 3D animation, and now it’s time to get into the animating process.

In this video I’ll go over the 6 basic steps of animation, including:

  1. Shooting reference video
  2. Key posing
  3. Blocking
  4. Splining
  5. Smoothing
  6. Adding life

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Step 1: Shooting Reference video

This is very important and overlooked step. It’s weird how people really thing they know what certain actions look like and how long they take, but in reality they are often wrong.… Continue

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5 Great Apps for Animators

Animation AppThe majority of animation work is being done on a big strong computer with a heavy serious software such as Maya or After Effects. But as an independent animator, there are certain smaller apps that makes my life a bit easier and contribute to the larger creating process.

Here is a list of my favorite apps that I use in different production stages:


Celtx is a great script writing app that works on all devices (desktop, iOS) and it the only screenwriting I actually enjoyed doing on an iPad.Continue

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Nine Old Men – Disney’s Greatest Animators Honored in this Flip Book Box Set Collection


Once in a while I run into something cool that I just gotta share with you guys.

Disney, in honor of their nine greatest animators from the golden age of animation, has released a box set collection with 9 flip books, each dedicated to one of the nine old men (Les Clark, Eric Larson, Frank Thomas, John Lounsbery, Ward Kimball, Ollie Johnston, Mark Davis, Wolfgang Reitherman, and Milt Kahl).

Each flip book features one of their famous shots from classic Disney movies like Bambi, Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland.… Continue

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How to Install a WordPress Theme for your Portfolio Site

I have recently posted an article showing how to create a portfolio website using WordPress. I have also curated a list of my favorite portfolio themes to choose from, and in this post I will show you, step by step, how to install a WordPress theme for your new portfolio website.

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Visual Development (Making an Animated Movie Part #8)

Visual Development

Rendering a Test Shot

After finishing the previz and making sure that the story works, the next step is usually animating. However, there’s another step that is highly recommended, and it is finishing an entire shot from beginning to end including a final render. In this post I’ll take you through my visual development process including how I made 3D animation look like hand drawn 2D animation.

When I was in school and working on my first animated short, I didn’t understand why should I do this instead of doing every step at a time (animating, texturing, lighting, rendering, coloring, etc…).… Continue

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Start Animating Now with Less than a $100

Animating with less than a $100

A few weeks ago I wrote a beginners guide for new animators who are just starting out.

The guide breaks down many of the steps in becoming an animator, but I wanted to push our readers even further and challenge them to pursue their animation dreams today.

2 popular excuses a lot of people have are:

  1. I don’t know where to start.
  2. I can’t afford the right equipment.

In this post I’m going to show you how you can start animating like a pro with less than a $100.… Continue

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