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International Animation Day

Today we are celebrating International Animation Day! October 28th is designated as International Animation Day to commemorate the first public performance of Emile Reynaud’s Theatre Optique at the Grevin Museum in Paris in 1892. You can view a video of the story here. This international event started in 2002 and is celebrated in more than […]

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What is Motion Graphic Animation?

When a business owner, like you, is trying to get their business to stand out, there are a lot of options out there. With the ever-growing world of video, there are still a wide variety of options. The two primary choices are video production and animation. No doubt you have been told about the benefits […]

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Animation Cornerstones

We have reached the final two principles of animation for our series, “solid drawing” and “appeal”. These are highly important to the process of creating animation, the building blocks if you will, because without these principles, animations will not be successful. Once we have covered these you will have all the principles of animation and […]

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Creating Pace and Personality

We are moving right along in our series of animation principles. This week we will discuss the principles of “timing” and “exaggeration”. The principle of “timing” relates to the number of drawings or frames in an animated sequence to translate the speed of action in the film. By using correct “timing” the animated characters will […]

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Bringing Life to Animation Naturally

We have reached the halfway mark in our journey to discover the principles of animation. Congratulations for getting this far! The next two principles that we are going to cover are, “arcs” and “secondary action”. In life, most movement happens in an arched or circular trajectory. The principle of applying this to animation is called […]

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Make Your Animation More Realistic

Isn’t this fun, learning so much about animation? We have already covered the first four principles and we are cruising right along to the next two, “follow through and overlapping action” and “slow in and slow out”. First of all, what is “follow through and overlapping action”? Technically speaking, these are two separate techniques, but […]

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Framing and Animating a Sequence Effectively

Now that we have covered the first two principles in the last article, we are ready to move on to the next two. In this article we will cover “staging” and following that we will cover “straight ahead action and pose to pose”. “Staging” is the third principle in animation. The purpose of this principle […]

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Let the magic begin!

I hope you’re as excited as I am to get started learning more about the world of animation. Let’s dive right into the first two principles of animation. The first of these principles that we’ll discuss are “Squash and Stretch” and “Anticipation”. What is “Squash and Stretch”? This is one of the most important principles […]

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What is the magic behind animation?

Let’s start with the very basics. Animation is made up of 12 principles. These principles are what make an ordinary lifeless graphic become alive and dance across the screen. They are what make animations seem more realistic, like they could jump into the real world and live among us. These principles are the same whether […]

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Not Your Grandma’s Animation

n 1899, a British filmmaker named Arthur Cooper animated matchsticks in a campaign for donations so that matches could be sent to British soldiers overseas. As boring as that is in the age of animated blockbusters produced by large animation studios such as Disney/Pixar, it was one of the first times animation was used for […]