The Cycle of an Artist

  Thanks to animator/writer/director and all-round nice bloke Pat Sarell for this insight. &n ...

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What’s More Important?

  What is more important to you? The success of the shot you're working on, or having a sense ...

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Spaceships, Robots and Unrealistically-Proportioned Women.

  I was a student around the time that 3D World magazine launched. As they still do today, the ...

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Peril

If the hero in our story has super human powers and can pull off crazy stunts without a single scr ...

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Anatomical Narrative

I've worked on many transformation sequences over the years, from Voldemort and Professor Slughorn ...

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Destruction

  Shiva is a Hindu God associated with destruction and is represented as dancing so fast he cr ...

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Story

Telling the story never gets in the way of your animated (or acted) characters looking good. Th ...

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Silhouette

  Traditional animation training places a big emphasis on silhouette. That's totally understan ...

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