Are you developing an animation? Use these four tips for creating an outstanding animation
Do you want to make great animations? If yes, what you need to understand is how an audience perceives a motion picture. Most of the time, an audience is not looking for something very dramatic, but something that stands out, without looking too silly, unrealistic or cartoonish. The trick to making quality animation is to tell your audience what your characters are trying to say without even the need for them to talk. The story should be understandable through the motion alone.
Here are four tips from the experienced team of animators at Outsource2india.
During animation, animators use references. At times, videos of real life things in action are used. For instance, you could take a video of people walking, running or doing an activity and try to copy the actions for the animated character. Try to use the subtle gestures and key poses which would normally pass your eyes. Use them in your key frames and then polish the motion in-between. Adopting references is a great way to incorporate real life motions into your animations.
Avoid motion capture
This tempting animation technique is quick, efficient and comes with great results. However, if your characters need motion, trying doing it by hand, before you opt for motion capture. There is a particular feel to hand-made animation that motion capture cannot exude.
Make the motions flow
Using jerky motions in your characters is something to be avoided. During animation, be careful not to break the illusion that what your audience is watching really has a life of its own. Keep all the motions in your animation fluid and make the transition smooth without break-ups. After creating every few seconds of the animation, check to see if it is seamless and iron out the jagged or robot-like motions. The final animation should look effortless, without any hitches.
Ask for feedback
Once complete, show your animation to someone else and ask for feedback. Something like proofreading for a writing assignment. It will give you a sense of what others think. Before you release an animation, analyze the feedback given by others. Do your characters look convincing enough? Is there something that sticks out? Can any segment be improved?
Since an animation is a caricature of real life, all possible efforts must be made to make it realistic. A good animation requires both time and effort. It takes the experience of a professional to create outstanding animations.
If you lack time or don’t have the skills, why not try outsourcing animation? Whether you require 2D animation, 3D animation, Flash animation or animatics, Outsource2india offers an entire range of animation services. Our team of skilled and experienced animators have developed outstanding animations for websites, movies, walkthroughs and e-learning trainings to name a few.
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