Welcome to Bloop Animation!

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Here’s what you need to know:

Bloop Animation has a lot of content, and we’re often asked where to get started, what tools do we use, or what is the best animation software. To make life a bit easier for you, we’ve curated all the essential resources and articles in one place, so you’ll have an easier time finding your way around here.

 
 

Before you keep scrolling…

We suggest getting our FREE ebook explaining how to make an animated short. It’s great for getting started, it covers everything from coming up with story ideas all the way to exporting the final film, and it’s 100% free, no strings attached. Download it now and get started making your own animated short.

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And when you’re ready to get serious…

Our premium animation courses

When you want to take things to the next level, try our premium HD video courses about animation filmmaking.

Our courses

 

Here’s what you need to know:

Bloop Animation has a lot of content, and we’re often asked where to get started, what tools do we use, or what is the best animation software. To make life a bit easier for you, we’ve curated all the essential resources and articles in one place, so you’ll have an easier time finding your way around here.

Before you keep scrolling…

We suggest getting our FREE course explaining How to Make an Animated Movie. It’s great for getting started, it covers everything from coming up with story ideas all the way to exporting the final film, and it’s 100% free, no strings attached. Watch it now and get started making your own animated short.

Get the free course

And when you’re ready to get serious…

Our premium animation courses

When you want to take things to the next level, try our premium HD video courses about animation filmmaking.

Our courses


Don’t miss our YouTube videos

Our YouTube channel has a few gems you won’t find here on the site, so if you’re someome who likes watching more than reading, make sure to subscribe.


Don’t miss our YouTube videos

Our YouTube channel has a few gems you won’t find here on the site, so if you’re someome who likes watching more than reading, make sure to subscribe.



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Read about the making of our films.

Follow the production of our animated short films as we document each step of the process.

  • Detailed articles
  • Step by step guides
  • Video tutorials
  • Team interviews

How to Make an Animated Movie



Our Courses

Courses

Our selection of high-quality HD video courses. Just pick your software and start animating.

Books

Books

Our selection of in-house made educational books about filmmaking and animation.

Short films

Short Films

Our in-house produced animated short films.



Essentials

Articles


Getting Started with Animation

How to Make an Animated Movie

Books

  • Animation For Beginners / Morr Meroz: Everything You Need to Know to Become an Animator(Even if you’ve never animated before)
  • The Animator’s Survival Kit / Richard Williams:  This book is an animator’s bible. It thoroughly covers the basics of spacing, timing, walks, runs, weight, anticipation, overlapping action, takes, stagger, dialogue, animal animation and much more. It’s not called a “survival kit” for nothing. This book will teach you EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW to start your training as an animator.
  • Cartoon Animation / Preston Blair: Originally released in 1994, Cartoon Animation (also known as “The Preston Blair Book”), has been an amazing reference source for creating cartoon-style animation. With this book you’ll learn how to develop a cartoon character, create dynamic movement, and animate dialogue with action.
  • The Illusions of Life / Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston:  This book has started as an animation guide and turned into a detailed survey on the progression of animation, both within the Disney studios and in the world of animation in general. Written by two of the nine old men who defined the Disney animation style, this book takes the reader through all the steps it took them to discover and research the best methods of animation
  • Pixar Storytelling / Dean Movshovitz: Rules for Effective Storytelling Based on Pixar’s Greatest Films.
  • Setting Up Your Shots / Jeremy Vineyard: A great book for getting your basic understanding of shot composition and camera movement for your film.

Software

  • Adobe Animate CC (Flash): One of the most popular 2D animation software, great for beginners.
  • Toon Boom Harmony: The most advanced 2D animation software, with advanced rigging systems, effects and camera tools.
  • Autodesk Maya: The leading 3D animation software, and the one I use to make all of my animation.
  • Blender: A complete free, open source 3D animation software, great for beginners or experts.
  • Adobe After Effects: Our go-to editing software. Great for compositing, fast title creating and 2D animation.
  • TVPaint: The most advanced traditional 2D hand-drawn animation software out there.
  • Nuke: The industry leading CG compositing software.
  • Adobe Photoshop: Our go-to photo / images editing program. A must have for any kind of visual artist.
  • Adobe Audition: A great sound design software that’s easy to use but still has great depth.
  • 5 Great Apps for Animators: Different apps for different steps in animation production.

Rigs

Building Your Portfolio

Inspiration

Videos





Our short films


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