Friday Roundup: Animated Video That Inspires

Shawn Forno 07.14.2017

Animated video is powerful. From a 2-minute short story that makes you want to run outside and live your best life, to the “ah-ha” moments of professional animators still learning something new everyday. Animation is a never-ending wheel of innovation, history, and reinvention that keeps churning out online video that people just want to watch.

Learn how to tell your story just a little bit better with some of these tips and marketing tips from some of the best animated video online today.

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Tuesday: Download our new ebook: Succeeding with Animated Video

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Animation Culture

A Single Life by Job, Joris, & Marieke

This absolutely fantastic CG animation from a few years ago was nominated for an Academy Award for best animated short, and raked in over 35 animation festival prizes. But forget all that. A Single Life reminds us that you can tell compelling stories in just two minutes—especially if you have a time travelling vinyl record.

Watch til the end, it’s worth it.

A Disney Animator Shares His “Ah-Ha” CGI Moment

If you think you need to know everything about computer animation to be a top animator, you wrong. Just look at what Trent Correy says the moment he really “got” CGI:

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A group of friends and I were chatting the other day about our "AH HA" moments. A shot where something clicked. I can clearly point out a few of these in my career, but this one comes to mind first. I was STRUGGLING with CG, big time. In fact before getting to Disney I had decided to give it up and try my hand at storyboarding. Then I was accepted into Talent Development as a CG Animator and decided to give it one last shot. I spent 6 months in Tal Dev and there were some clicks but I still had a hard time using the graph and a lot of the other tools. Here's an embarrassing fact…I went through all of "Frozen" not knowing how to switch between IK & FK and not knowing what constraints were. I just brute force everything. A lot of frame by framing. After Frozen I was asked to work on a water projection show for Disneyland called World of Color. This is the shot. I Finally understood the graph and how to benefit from it. I had been using CG for about a year at this point and finally started to get comfortable with the tools. Which means, I started to enjoy the process more. All this to say, stick with it. Persistence and patience is key. We all learn at different paces, so just keep at it if you're struggling and you'll have your "clicks". I still have them all the time, sometimes for a technical hurdle, sometimes in drawing, sometimes for body mechanics or animation principles. It means we're growing, so keep at it! • • • #disney #disneyanimation #olaf #disneyland #california #californiaadventure #worldofcolor #joshgad #frozen #animation #letitgo #inspiration #fun #artistsoninstagram #artwork #cganimation #student #art #learning #school #tips #anna #elsa

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Animated Video News

Slice: On-Demand Insurance for the On-Demand Economy

As someone who’s both used and worked in the “demand” or sharing economy, it’s comforting to know that there’s a super easy way to get flexible on-demand insurance that scales with my life. Check out our latest animated explainer video for Slice, and rest a little easier.

Top Animators Set to Speak at VIEW Animation / VFX Conference

animated video

The 18th annual VIEW conference is gonna be a big one. Top creators in VR, VFX, game design, and animation are coming together in Turin Italy for what is fast becoming a premiere tech and animation event. Speakers include Shannon Tindle (Kubo and the Two Strings), Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda), Rogue One animation director Hal Hickel, Rob Coleman (Lego Batman Movie). Conference director Dr. Maria Elena Gutierrez claims “VIEW has become not only a place where ideas are presented, it’s a time and place where ideas are incubated.”

Check out the full list of VIEW conference speakers. The event is October 23-27 in Turin, Italy.

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Shawn Forno

Shawn Forno is a massive Studio Ghibli fan who does content marketing. In that order. Find his other writing and extensive travel blogging here.

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