In this video, learn to understand the needs of the type of production to properly schedule, budget, and produce your animation.
- Before you dive in to creating puppets and producing animation you need to know the needs of the production. (upbeat music) The first thing I find out is how the animation will be used. Is it for a live broadcast? Training videos? Or for animated shorts? How many characters will there be? The next thing to find out is the budget of a project that will dictate the complexity of the animation and how many pre animated cycles you're likely to be able to create.
We will cover cycles in a later video. Open ended responses from clients like well just tell me what it will cost. Yeah that never works. So I ask do you have over or under $50,000? Then I narrow it down from there and it often gets me to what I need to know. I also explain that since I know what is cheap and fast and what costs money I could design a production to fit within their budget. Then you need to get a script.
If the client doesn't have one then you need to budget for it. Do they have boards? Probably not. So budget for it. I always board a project before I do a schedule or a budget. Find out who will voice the character. Will you get a pre-recorded track to use? Or will you have the performer live at your computer? If the performer will be live you need to set up time for training and practice. For live production who's handling the puppet controls and triggers? Do you have to travel for the development and for the actual production? Are you delivering the puppet to the client for them to use? If so will you need to provide training and support? And what about backgrounds? Do you need to create a variety of illustrated backgrounds? Or will you use photos? And if it's a live production who's overseeing the camera crew and locations? Like any production you need to have the answers to these questions before you begin designing, scheduling and budgeting in order to have a successful production.
- Creating a list of production needs
- How the varied styles of animation impact production
- Creating usable digital puppets
- Working with drawn characters, objects, and CG characters
- Adding value to the look of your production
- Exploring various audio recording options
- Organizing files for production, backup, and transport
- Using animation cycles
- Building and editing a scene
- Troubleshooting issues
- Tricks for enhancing your production
- Post-production and delivery
Skill Level Beginner
After Effects Guru: Character Animatorwith Ian Robinson2h 19m Intermediate
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