New Jobs, Animated Video Tools & Tutorials: The Friday Roundup
Wacom is releasing a bigger, better Cintiq tablet, Guillermo Del Toro has made a movie about a CGI mermaid in a secret facility, and you can learn how to make realistic whiteboard animation effects in After Effects with our simple video tutorial. Animated video is getting better all the time.
Animated Video that Inspires: The Friday Animation Roundup
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.
Animation is in the Details: The Friday Animation Roundup
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.
VR, Censorship, and the Future of Animation: The Friday Animation Roundup
The animation industry is constantly changing. New innovations to VR and Augmented reality are bringing new applications for animation into the real world at a pretty surprising pace. Heck, even Apple announced their intentions to integrate AR into their latest OS. To keep track of all the latest changes to animation, we’re looking at animation— & innovation—at premiere festivals like Annecy and groundbreaking conferences like SIGGRAPH.
Summer Animation Festivals: The Friday Animation Roundup
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.
Animated Video Around the World: The Friday Roundup
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.
Indie Animation is Everywhere. And That’s Awesome
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.
Embracing Minimalism & Limitations in Animation
Animation often tries to accurately depict the “real world," and it's getting better all the time. VR animation is on the rise, CGI animation is getting downright scary, and even traditional 2D cell animation looks more “realistic” every year. However, there’s a subtle power in simplicity. When animators embrace the limitations of animation—particularly with simple animatics or stop-motion—they're often able to convey emotions and rich stories with dream-like characters and unrealistic heroes.
The Friday Animation 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.