3 Universal Lessons From The Life Of Richard Williams
You don’t have to be an animator to learn from the life and work of Richard Williams. He had lessons for each of us. Here are three lessons Richard Willams taught, not just by presenting them to students, but by living them himself.
Choosing An Animation Studio: Portfolio Assessment Tool
Reviewing animation portfolios is the best way to choose an animation studio that is the right fit for your project. By looking at the studio's previous work, you can get a sense of their style and quality. But how do you know what to look for?
Understanding Video Tech Specs For Animation
Talking to professionals steeped in their craft can be confusing. Our videos are always clear, but when we’re talking shop we can be guilty of technobabble. That’s why we’ve developed this handy guide to illuminate tech specifications.
Two Kinds of Walk Cycles
Usually when I teach the walk cycle I have the highest point of the arm swing come at the heel-toe position. I recently took a look at Richard Williams, however, and I noticed that he has the highest point of the arm swing come at the landing position.
Find The Right Online Animation Maker Or Tool
Have some visual content lying dormant on your desktop? Ready to go a step beyond the mundane? There are several video-creation platforms on the web that can put existing content to work, as well as editing software and video management utilities that can optimize your in-house produced videos’ look and reach.
How To Use Gifographics: Animated Infographics
In internet years, GIFs are ancient. Even in human years, they aren’t young – GIFs turned thirty this past June – but they’re still the life of the online party. The internet community is obsessed with creating and sharing these animated images. So how can you and your business capitalize on one of the web’s most popular devices?
Dynamic Animation: Good Adds Up From Facebook
The capability to add user photos dynamically to web-based animation has been around for a while. (JibJab, those makers of memorable political parody, have made a whole business out of it.) But it's not often done as well as in this project directed by Johnny Kelly for Facebook. The simple and elegant design is by London-based illustrators Nous Vous.
Strava: My Year In Sports By Panda Yoghurt
Rube Goldberg devices have always inspired animators. One of the first to be entranced by them was unheralded genius Charley Bowers. Although almost completely forgotten for many years, his work is starting to get the the recognition that has long eluded it. Bowers was a pioneer of stop-motion, blending this technique with live action to become a special effects trailblazer.
The 12 Principles of Animation (With Examples)
In their 1981 book, The Illusion of Life, Disney animators Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas introduced the twelve principles of animation. The twelve principles have now become widely recognized as a theoretical bedrock for all artists working on animated video production.
Friday Roundup: Animated Video That Inspires
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.
4 Great Animated Explainer Videos About America
In honor of Independence Day, we’re featuring some of the best animated explainer videos about government, politics, and ‘Murica. There’s a lot going on in the US right now, so hopefully you can learn a thing or two about how it all works and why it matters from these four great animated explainer videos about America. Enjoy and Happy Independence Day, America!
Friday Roundup: Animation Is In The Details
Success is all about the details. This week’s animated video roundup focuses on the nitty gritty—the nuts and bolts— in animation. Learn how to develop a compelling story for your video. Master the ins and outs of trademark law. Understand why you need to upload your video in 16:9 aspect ratio so people don’t see those dang black bars on the side of your YouTube video.
Le Clitoris, By Lori Malépart-Traversy
Our Pick of the Week is a charming film by Lori Malépart-Traversy about... well, the Clitoris. (I briefly considered labeling this film NSFW, but quickly discarded the notion. There's nothing here that is the least bit prurient or offensive – there's just beauty and humor.)
Friday Roundup: Summer Animation Festivals
Summer fun and animation just seem to go hand in hand. New animated movies storm the box office, summer animation festivals take over lawns across the world, and lazy days are perfect for celebrating the best new animators in the world of online video.
Friday Roundup” Animated Storytelling Is Amazing
Animated storytelling is typically reserved for children’s tales, fantasy, and lighthearted narratives, but that’s not how it has to be. Animation appeals to people of all ages and backgrounds because animation is a compelling way to tell a story. And the more advanced animation tools become, the more likely that animation will become just another part of the way we tell stories—and not just on the big screen.
Friday Roundup: Animated Video Around the World
Here at IdeaRocket, we talk about the next big thing in animated video a lot. AI, CGI, new rendering tools—animation is changing all the time and we’re excited for what’s next. It’s easy to assume that the next big thing in animation will come from big name studios like Disney, Pixar, or Studio Ghibli—or even top animation schools like CalArts and Gobelins, but animated video is a lot more than the next blockbuster Disney film.
Oscar-Nominee Oktapodi From France’s Gobelins School
When I used to teach 3D animation, sometime during the course I always included a screening of Oktapodi, an Oscar-winning short from France's elite animation school, Gobelins. I would usually show the film once, then replay it with a running commentary pointing out things that the students might not notice. For the Pick of this Week, I'd like to provide some notes for just the first thirty seconds of this masterpiece short.
Friday Roundup: Indie Animation Is Everywhere
Here at IdeaRocket were kind of obsessed with the current state of animation. Heck, we talk about animation tools, great indie animators, and the best explainer videos, and business animation practically every week. We’re so interested in the tools animators like ourselves use to create fresh animations that we even like to speculate about the future of animation.
Future of Animation: Peering Into A Crystal Ball
There’s few things I enjoy more than pretending I’m a latter-day Jules Verne. Why? Because imagining the future is fun, even if the accuracy of my prognostications over the years has been somewhat short of Nostradamus’s.
Friday Roundup: TED Talks, Music & Einstein
Animation is showing up in some surprising places, and getting even more surprising responses! From animated TED talks, to branded tv commercials, major motion pictures, and even surprisingly vulnerable and honest stop motion videos, animated video is blazing new trails, reaching new audiences, and engaging millions of viewers.
New Kinky-Sweet-Weird Stop-Motion Film By Kirsten LePore
We don't do stop-motion at IdeaRocket, but we are definitely fans. (Check out our piece on PES.) The charm of stop-motion is its imperfections: the things the animator accidentally moved, the changes in lighting, the rough edges of the models. Stop-motion always feels touched by humans. Kirsten LePore is an emerging master in it.
Animation Festival Guide: Spring 2017
To help you prepare for the animation festival season, here's your guide to some of the biggest and best international animation festivals of Spring 2017! Find your favorite animated short, feature film, commercial animation, and even a great student film. Whatever your fancy, you'll find it in this 2017 Spring Animation Festival Guide.
Friday Roundup: Why Do Cartoons Wear Gloves?
The gloves are coming off (literally) in this week's Friday Animation Roundup as we look at new trends in VR animation, examine the impact of animated shorts at the Oscars, and finally explore why so many of your favorite cartoons wear the same pair of white gloves. Animation is full of subtle influences, tropes, and trade secrets that are all part of why we love animation so much.
4 Explainer Videos Hidden In Hollywood Movies
Explainer videos—particularly animated explainers—are such an effective way to communicate a lot of information in a short time that they're practically a staple of big budget Hollywood's films. Don’t believe me? Here are just four examples of animated explainer videos that are essential to the success of some of the biggest movies of the past three decades.
Animated Explainer Video: Not Just Cartoons
A lot of companies are afraid an animated explainer video won't strike the right tone for their product, service, or business. It’s a common concern, especially with new video marketing clients and startups, and it’s an understandable fear. Cartoons can seem like they're not “serious” enough for your company.
The Big Decision: Live Action Or Animation?
Aisle or window? Boxers or Briefs? Vodka or Gin? These are all eternal questions. In video production, we have an eternal question of our own: Live Action or Animation? If you're considering a video production style that's best for you, here are some things to consider.
Interviews With Animators: David Heredia, Heroes of Color
In this week’s installment, we speak with (animation) hero of color David Heredia…
Last week we raved about a wonderful, dynamic and educational series of whiteboard animation called Heroes of Color. As we noted in our PICK OF THE WEEK blog post, this was the second episode of the series. So it felt fitting for us to bring back its creator, the great David Heredia, for a second interview. This time we dug deep into his graffiti-filled background and discussed how he got into (and then out of, and then back into again) animation. And, along the way, Heredia delighted us with insights and anecdotes of inspiration.
The Animation Lover’s Guide To San Diego Comic-Con
Next week, the country’s longest running comics convention kicks off in San Diego. With the show's full program now released, let's take a look at some of the most interesting and exciting animation-related events.
Pick Of The Week: What Makes Something ‘Kafkaesque’?
Who among us hasn't heard the descriptor "Kafkaesque" before? And who among us, at one time or another, hasn't wondered exactly what that word means? Well, we needn't wonder any more as the term is analyzed and beautifully explained in our PICK OF THE WEEK: a clever new explainer video entitled "What Makes Something "Kafkaesque"?
News And Highlights From Annecy 2016 (Animation Film Festival)
Last week, the 2016 Annecy International Animated Film Festival was held in Annecy, France. As one of the most prestigious festivals in the world—considered by many to be "The Cannes of Animation"—this annual event provides an insight into the latest and greatest in the world of animation. So let's review some of the most interesting news and highlights—the who, what and wow—that dazzled at Annecy this year.
10 Incredible Simpsons Couch Gags Created By Guest Animators
Last night, the 27th season of The Simpsons came to a close. But, before it did, the top of the show featured a clever rendition of the show's recurring opening sequence couch gag. This one created by the award-winning Polish animator Michel Socha, who uses black and white stick-figure-like animation to playfully pay tribute to IKEA's iconic ready-to-assemble furniture.
The Best Of Virtual Reality Animated Videos
Consumer VR has only been out for a short while, but there's already an impressive amount of content out there. So today we're going to look at the best of virtual reality animated videos and the studios creating these animated shorts.
The Timeless Power Of Animation
Animation is powerful, and this kind of power has huge and timeless impact on lots of generations. And since that’s something we strive for here on a daily basis, we thought it would be a good idea to explore some of the elements that made some of our favorite animated shows special.
Student’s Google Doodle ‘Makes The World A Better Place’
The 11-year-old's unique animation is the winning entrant for Google’s 7th annual Doodle 4 Google – a K-12 competition where young artists from all 50 states doodle it out at the Googleplex as they compete for a $30,000 scholarship.
Animated Video Production: A Rube Goldberg Machine
What do animated video production and Rube Goldberg machines have in common? They're awesome, and hard to make. Rube Goldbergs and great animated video production both set out to use "maximum effort" to accomplish something fantastic – make a lasting impression.
Interview: Gideon Kendall, Animator And Illustrator
Gideon Kendall is one multi-talented artist/illustrator/cartoonist, and the designer behind many IdeaRocket videos. I recently interviewed him about his new comic WHATZIT. It’s a wild ride… imaginative, dark, and richly detailed.