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3D Animation Facts That Will Blow Your Mind!

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The 3D animation industry isn't the goliath that it is today without a few kinks in the machine. A lot of animators and the general public are getting into the medium without knowing the story of its inception. From countless of blockbuster movies, AAA video games, and more, these 3D animation facts are what paved success for what once was just an experimental animation niche!

In this blog, we'll blow your mind with these insane 3D animation facts that you may have never heard of, animator or not!

"3D Animation" was coined in the 1960s by William Fetter

the boeing man model by william fetter, the first 3d animation

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First of all, the term itself was coined in the 1960's by William Fetter. Fetter was a graphic designer and computer graphic artist who created what is known as "Boeing Man", the first human figure created with a computer.

It is thought that Fetter coined the term "computer graphics" because he was tired of explaining that he used computers to create art. It is also believed that he invented this term as a marketing strategy to get people interested in his work.

Toy Story Ushered 3D Animation into the Mainstream

toy story was the first 3d animation mainstream success


Toy Story was the first full-length 3D animated film, and it ushered 3D animation into the mainstream. In 1995, Toy Story earned $365 million at the box office--a huge sum for any movie at that time. It also became the first film to use Pixar's RenderMan software and showed that 3D animation could be used as a medium for everyone: not just filmmakers or animators with their own studios but also home viewers who wanted to see something new and exciting on their TVs.

The movie was a huge hit, and it introduced many people to the world of 3D animation for the first time. Toy Story also pioneered a new way of making animated films that continues today with Pixar and other studios: it was one of the first movies made entirely on computers and brought innovation into the animation industry as a whole.

3D Animation is a Whole Industry

one 3d animation fact is how big the industry is nowadays

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3D animation is an entire industry nowadays, that includes movies, video games and other types of technology. It's a very important part of the movie and video game industry.

The 3D animation industry has grown to be worth billions of dollars in revenue each year. That's because it's used in many different ways: from making films like Shrek or Finding Nemo (or even more recently Coco) to creating video games like Mario Kart or Call Of Duty WWII!

Every year, more and more people are becoming interested in the 3D animation industry. It's an exciting place to work, with many different types of jobs available for those who want to make their mark on the world.

Animating Humans are the Hardest Part of 3D Animation

animating a human is difficult itll melt your face off!

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Animating humans is a lot harder than animating animals. There are so many joints and muscles in the human body that it's easy to get them wrong and not only that but animating one's face is a different beast. Plus, when you're animating someone who's supposed to look like a real person, they have to be more realistic and not stylized like an animal would be.

Animals on the other hand are pretty simple compared with humans; they don't have as many limbs or joints and many of their movements are very repetitive which makes them easier to animate over time without getting bored or losing interest in what you're doing!

Another reason why it's harder to animate humans is that they move in a lot more ways than animals do. Animals tend to walk or run in one direction and then stop or turn around, but humans can walk, run and jump at the same time which makes them harder to animate because you have to make sure all of their movements look natural and not fake like they're just moving on command.

When it comes to animating humans and animals, you're always going to want to start with the basics first. This means learning how to draw out the body parts and sketching out how they move before actually getting into animating them on your computer. This will help you understand what works and what doesn't when it comes time for animation as well as give you a good idea of where

3D Animation Facts, Motion Blur was a Hack (Rhymes I know!)

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Motion blur was originally a hack.

Motion blur is an animation technique that blurs the image of an object as it moves across the screen. It's used in movies and video games to make things look more realistic, but it wasn't always used this way--it was originally designed to speed up rendering times in 3D animated films. When you're creating something with CGI (computer generated imagery), every frame has to be rendered individually by a computer before being added together into one scene.

If there are too many objects or characters moving around on screen at once, this process can take forever--and so motion blur was invented as a way of reducing render time by making each object appear blurry instead of sharp when it moves across your field of vision.

Motion blur makes everything look less detailed than it actually is; therefore when something becomes blurred out during its movement through space and time onscreen, it takes less time for computers to render out their movements because they don't need as much detail in order for us humans' brains not notice any changes happening between frames!

Most CGI animation is rendered on CPUs — not GPUs.

cpu power is a 3d animation powerhouse

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GPUs are used for some special effects, but the more complex the scene, the more CPU power needed. Some GPU rendering is possible, but it's uncommon because of how much more efficient it is to use your computer's central processing unit (CPU) instead of a graphics processing unit (GPU).

GPU rendering can be useful if you have a scene with lots of special effects. For example, it could be used to render a scene in which many fireballs are flying around and explosions are going off everywhere. But for your average 3D rendering needs, sometimes your CPU is more than capable of processing the graphics.

3D Animation Facts That You Might Not Know?

3D animation has come a long way since its inception. It's exciting to see what new technology will bring in the future and how it will change our lives forever.

For more information about other 3D animation facts, as well as answers to any other questions you might have, be sure to follow our blogs, check out our free masterclass, and our Animation Business Accelerator Program, download a copy of our free marketing handbook, and check out our blog on “How to Start an Animation Studio”!

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