Cartoon is a beloved and wonderful art. Millions enjoy animated shorts, TV series, and full length videos. Animation also takes many forms. You have Quit Motion, Traditional Hand Attracted cell, Japanese and Japanese influenced Anime, 3d CGI, and more.
Even though many have loved and enjoyed watching animation over the years, creating animation has always been away of the reach of the majority. Think about traditional hand drawn or stop video animation for a bit. Even with a big animating team and the appropriate audio tracks and video equipment, a 30 moment show could take days, or even months to produce. One second of film would take 30 different hand drawn or repositioned frames!
Rumor has it that even the crude Short animated movie, The Spirit of Xmas, that became South Playground took creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone over a month to complete using construction paper.
Today, think about computer animation. Not necessarily only did you need the artistic skills of traditional animation, but also the skills to model in 3d using intricate software systems, and the powerful, expensive computer hardware to create the characters, 3d world, and the computer animation itself.
By now you may well be wondering if the name of the article is incorrect, and what I meant to write was cartoon is not for everyone and desires a tremendous budget. Stick with me for a little more.
There are numerous reasons to get into cartoon. The creation of fine art, telling great stories, or even just creating shows for your own entertainment or kids to enjoy. Some of you may be able to turn your animation into your work. And now, due to improvements in software and computer power, animation is available in one form or another to anyone with a computer.
There are great software titles available now that can create just about any form of cartoon you like. From mimicking 2D cell animation to 3D CGI, there is a platform that can turn you into an animator. Other very good news is that the price of a few of these platforms is falling to all time levels as ease of use is rising like never before.
Software for SECOND animation, such as Anime Studio or Toon Increase, start at around 50 dollars for lite versions, and go up to around $300 for full presented version utilized by many professional studios.
Software for THREE DIMENSIONAL animation was once very cost prohibitive. Industry standard programs like Auto Desk 3ds Max can increase to $4000! but, in the 3D world, there are now cost effective ways to create animation. Poser is a 3D character Creation tool and animator that works around $200. Iclone by Reallusion gives user’s the ability to create custom characters, sets, animations, and lip sync, building full featured movies and operates under $200. With Iclone, you also do not need any specific 3D modeling knowledge, just your imagination and several great stories to tell.
All of these programs can be found by running an internet search on the titles.
You might still be thinking that these are a little pricey, particularly if you are not sure whether animation is something you want to create frequently. Well, I have good news on this front side as well. What about Totally free?
There are several programs, both in 2D and 3 DIMENSIONAL, that creates movies and pants almost up to the standards of the above mentioned programs. You can bu up and running, creating terrific animations with the equipment you already have, in no time and with no additional expenditure. In the event you decide animation is for you, you can then upgrade to more complex systems.
After creating your animated masterpieces, how do you get it out to the world to enjoy, or for a prospective future partner or employer to see? The computer, or in this situation, the net is here to help just as before. With the rise of Youtube. com, Viddler. com, Ustream. com, and so many more sites that are started almost daily, you can put your creations upwards on the Internet for all to see for no extra cost over your Internet connection fees!
So, have I got your attention? Are you ready to animate the stories in your head? Nicely, there is a lot to discuss in the animated world, so We will have to split this topic up.
In future articles, I will be touching on SECOND software, 3D software, storytelling, animated scene and camera work, how to write killer animated movies, how to create storyboards for your masterpiece, how to render your work for optimum results, and more!