Welcome to Bloop Animation!
Let’s get you started.
Bloop Animation is about filmmaking, creativity and the making of animation.
I’m often asked where to get started, what tools do I use, what is the best animation software. It may be for making a short film, or just for getting started with animation. In this page I’ve curated all the essential resources and articles to start with.
Where should I start?
First of all, we suggest you get our FREE ebook 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. Read it now an take action immediately.
If you want to start your animation career:
Animation For Beginners
A step-by-step guide to becoming an animator.
It doesn’t matter if you can’t draw, or that you’ve never used an animation software before. Animation For Beginners will take you through the journey of becoming a professional animator. From picking the school, choosing the software and all the way to making your first animated short film.
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
Getting Started with Animation
- Animation For Beginners (Where do I Start?): Our Beginner’s guide, covering the basics of how to get into the animation biz.
- The 5 Types of Animation: This guide breaks down the five different types of animation available to you, and what you’ll need to start animating. Best software, best schools, and more.
- Best Animation Schools: A curated list of the best animation schools in the world.
- Animation Studios: A detailed guide to the best animated film production studios
- Animation Software – Which One Should You Use: A break down of the options you have when choosing your animation software.
- Why You Don’t Need to Know How to Draw to Be a 3D Animator: You have no excuses anymore!
- Switching to a Wacom Tablet for 3D Animation: How to make the switch to animating in 3D using a tablet instead of a mouse.
- Start Animating Now with Less than a $100: In this article I show how you can start animating like a pro with less than a $100.
How to Make an Animated Movie
Building Your Portfolio
- Creating an Animation Demo Reel – The Complete Guide: For many professions, having a good resume or cover letter is the most important factor in getting a job. For animators and visual effects people it’s all about the demo reel.
- Lighting and Rendering your Animation Demo Reel: A video tutorial covering a basic lighting/rendering setup to make your demo reel shine.
- Creating a Portfolio Website: Our step-by-step guide to creating a professional portfolio website from scratch.
- How to Install a WordPress Theme for your Portfolio Site: A step by step guide to installing a WordPress theme.
- Best WordPress Portfolio Themes: Having your own website to show off your work is extremely important. One of the easiest ways to set up a portfolio website is using WordPress Themes.
- Why Make a Second Film: If you’ve already make one films, here’s why you should start working on your next one.
- 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.
- Autodesk Maya: The leading 3D animation software, and the one I use to make all of my animation.
- Adobe After Effects: Our go-to editing software. Great for compositing, fast title creating and 2D animation.
- 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.
- What I did After Graduation: My graduation story and all about how I picked myself
- 5 Reasons You Won’t Be an Animator: If you need a little push, read this.
- What Ratatouille and Monsters University Taught Me About Being an Artist: A thought provoking article about the lessons learned from 2 great Pixar films.