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The Power of Animation Sound Effects

"Sound is a powerful thing. It can be as emotive as the images on screen, and it can be the difference between a good film and a great one." Ben Burtt, American sound designer, film editor, director, screenwriter, and voice actor. I'm going to let you in on a secret: animation sound effects are way […]

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5 Free Animation Portfolio Websites to Launch Your Career

You want to build an animation portfolio of your work, but you don't have the money for fancy software and design. Your friends can't even tell you what program you use for an online animation portfolio. What do you do?  Take heart: there are plenty of free animation portfolio websites out there that will help […]

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4 Easy 2D Animation Effects Every Animator Can Use!

You’ve got an amazing idea for a 2D animation but don't quite know how to animate it. You're afraid your 2D animation will be a barrage of effects that look like Picasso created them on a bad day. Or you lack 2D animation effects that make your work look like it was animated on MS […]

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5 Motion Graphics Books Animators Need to Read

In the digital age we animators or motion graphic designers often forego traditional mediums like books to learn more about our craft and use digital means instead. At the core of it all, however, some motion graphics books have stood the test of time and continue to inspire animators and motion graphic designers today. Let's […]

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The Importance Of Incorporating Animation Music

"Music in animation is like a story within a story. It can intensify emotion, accentuate action and give a sense of completion to the total narrative." Richard Williams, Animator, Director & Animation Historian The first movie was created in 1894 by Louis Lumière. It was called "The Horse in Motion" and showed a horse running […]

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How Lighting in Animation is Used to Add Value to Your Work

“Lighting in animation is more than just making a scene look stunning—it's also about choosing an aesthetic that can evoke a desired style, mood, or ambiance.” Jonathan Lam, Animation Writer Lighting in animation is a lot like lighting in photography or filmmaking. The lighting artist sets up a combination of light sources to either draw […]

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An Animator's Essential Guide to 3D Game Animation

3D game animation is a fantastic field to get into. It is one of the most popular and sought-after skills in the gaming AND animation industry. 3D game animators are responsible for animating the character models, creatures, vehicles, and other things that move in video games, like the environment. Imagine, being both a gamer and […]

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4 Motion Graphic Blogs That'll Teach You Everything

Whether you're looking for inspiration, new ideas, or just want to see what the world of motion graphics and animation looks like, these motion graphic blogs are a great place to start. They'll give you everything from tips on how to get started with motion graphics, improving your skills, and insight into the industry itself. […]

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6 Animation Artists Who Are Rewriting the Rules

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” Pablo Picasso, Artist The world has changed, and most would argue for the better. This fact is no different in the animation industry as the world of digital media consumption continues to change the rules by which we as animators operate. […]

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How to Overcome Your Animation Challenges: Step by Step

If you're reading this, chances are you've already realized that animation can be hard. Animating is challenging, especially if you don't know where to start or what you're doing wrong. But here's some good news: It doesn't have to be difficult! In this blog post, we'll explore some common animation challenges and how—and why—you might […]

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Is Automated Animation Possible for Production?

“Automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.” Bill Gates Our world runs on technology. As the world moves faster, automation is becoming a central focus.  Automation allows processes to take place or creations to be developed with little input from humans. So automated animation allows animations to be developed with little input […]

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Freelance 3D Animation Graphics: How to Stand Out!

3D animation graphics is an ever-growing industry, and it's only getting bigger as more people look to 3D animation graphics for their business or personal needs. However, with so many freelancers out there competing for jobs, how do you make sure that your name stands out as a freelance animator? It's no secret that those […]

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10 Things for a Studio Every Animator Needs

Building your animation studio is expensive. When shopping for things for a studio, you need computers, software, monitors, and other equipment that can cost you tens of thousands of dollars. Even the software you've invested in leaves quite a massive hole in your wallet! But what about the things for a studio that you don’t […]

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5 Tips for Creating Unique 2D Animation For Games

As you know, the video game industry is filled with unique characters and stories. But what many people and even some animators don't realize is how much work goes into creating these games. For example, animators are tasked with bringing life to beloved characters like Mario and Link by drawing them frame-by-frame over weeks of […]

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How To Make An Animation Resume: Is It Different?

Do you remember the first time you ever saw an animation resume? It was probably in high school, maybe even earlier. And if so, it was probably pretty boring! But this isn't about that old animation resume from the 90s - it's about making a new one for your career in today's very different animation […]

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Animation Communication - Communicating Your Value & Ideas

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others” Tony Robbins, author, and philanthropist. As a freelance animator or an animation studio owner, you are out there running an entire business. Besides designing, illustrating, […]

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14 Ways to Improve Animation Quality for Freelance Animators

"Any time you design a character for a Disney picture, especially a fairy tale, it's going to become the definitive design for that character, so you don't want to hack something out. You need to put in the kind of care it warrants if it's going to live in history." Glen Keane, Animator, The Little […]

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Animation Disrupted: AI Animators vs Real Animators

“AI is a thrilling new technology.” Anthony Gibbs, Designer, and Director of Framestore The animation industry is ever-evolving and it was born out of artists' experimentation with filmmaking in the early 20th century. With experimentation comes discovery and with discovery comes innovation and evolution.  The animation styles many grew up watching as children have drastically […]

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Why AI In Animation Changes The Game

“Our intelligence is what makes us human and AI is an extension of that quality.” Yann LeCun, Chief AI Scientist at Meta GIF from Moment Factory via GIPHY When hearing artificial intelligence or AI, robots, self-driving cars, and chatbots may first come to mind. Besides, we can see the application of artificial intelligence in various […]

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Why a Freelance Animator Work Environment is Better

“Somewhere someone is looking for exactly what you have to offer.” Louise Hay, Author Working freelance sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? You get to work your own hours, be your own boss, and work from literally anywhere in the world. Amazing!  When your typical day starts with you making coffee in your PJs, listening […]

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