animation film making process

Nuke We love to see animated feature films on the big screen and enjoy the activities of our favorite cartoon characters but have you ever wondered how designers create animated films? An animation film making process is very complicated and quite challenging. Different types of professionals work in the entire film making process to bring life to artistic imaginations. From drawing sketches and creating 3D models to texturing and rigging, an array of professionals handles the different departments.

Different film production companies hire hundreds of 2D and 3D animators every year. The career in animation film making is extremely bright and anyone with a passion for creativity and a brain full of imagination can join this business. However, you must join a proper institute like Veda to sharpen your skills and then enter the professional world of visual wizards.

Let me share with you the animation film making process step-by-step along with the career possibilities in these areas.

Pre Production

Story boarding – It helps in the development of the storyline. Story boarding looks like a cartoon strip describing the film scene by scene. Designers often add text notes with story board to suggest camera movements, pause, zoom etc. so that animators can work accordingly. In short, you can call it the guidebook of any animation film. People with degree in drawing can work as story board artists.

Layouts – Once the storyboard is finalized, it goes to the layout department and artists work with the director to conceptualize the costumes and locations. Then they start creating scenes showing the position of characters in each scene.

Model sheets – It is the group of pictures that show the different postures of a character of a film. It highlights the characteristic details of the entire cast. Once model sheets are created in 2D, it is sent to the modeling department so that during the production phase, they can build the 3D models properly.

Animatics – To give the idea of motion and timing, the pre-visualization team within the VFX department designs simplified mock ups. These mock ups are called animatics. It helps the director plan the special effect sequences in the film.

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Modeling – Modelers are generally divided into two different teams. While one team develops characters in 3D, the other creates the architectural background. They create things like weapons and buildings. They work closely with technical animators and add skeleton and skin to the models.

Texturing – Texturing artists add shades and textures to the scenes of the film and they transform the 3D models into life-like creatures.

Lighting – Lights set the mood and believability of a scene and lighting experts decide how to bring together all the elements created by the artists. They organize effects, camera movements and textures to make the entire scene more believable.

Rigging – It refers to the process of adding bones to the characters and defining their muscle movements. To be precise, rigging experts add flexibility to a lifeless model and make it act like a human being.

Animation – Animators add soul to the 3D objects. They make them do all the actions depicted in the story board and create the film frame by frame. The effects team also works with the animators to add visual effects in films. They add elements like smoke, dust and water to the scenes as per the requirement of the story. Our visual effects course is perfect for those who want to have a bright career in animation.

Post production

Compositing – The composition team brings together all the elements created by the previous teams to create the final rendered image and make it ready for the film.

Sound editing – This department manages the audio mixing and lip syncing and also adds the necessary sound effects for the movie. We offer audio editing course at Veda to help our students learn the process of sound editing.

Video editing – Video editors organize the shots one by one to maintain cinematic flow and remove unwanted clips to maintain the flow in storyline. Veda’s video editing courses can help you learn this process with great detail and you can join an animation film production company as a video editing expert.

2D & 3D AnimationMore or less, the 2D and 3D animation film production process is the same. Though there are no 3D modeling in 2D animated films, rest of the process is the same considering the same core rules are followed in both cases. At Veda, we offer both 2D and 3D animation courses to our students and help them enter the world of animation.

Come join us today and shape up your future.

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