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Hey! I'm a traditional animator working on a short Dark Fantasy film. AMA!

Rosa Hayek
Dec 3, 2017

Hey guys! 

I'm working on my first short film for an International Animation festival. It's a dark fantasy made almost entirely using traditional 2D animation techniques.

The film is named 'Wooden Doll' and it features a doll, a cat, and...something else...

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AMA about the film, technique, or just silly anythings :)

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How did you realize that you wanted to be an animator?

Dec 8, 10:40PM EST0

What is your the most important tip for new animators who want to try to create something similar as your project?

Dec 7, 5:25AM EST0

What is your fav animated movie?

Dec 4, 8:07AM EST0

questions made by Sherryl

Dec 4, 12:28AM EST0

Who is Sherryl?

Dec 4, 12:37AM EST0

Who is your favorite animator? from what company?

Dec 3, 7:53PM EST0

Hayao Miyazaki from Studio Ghibli, and Walt Disney from Disney :) 

Dec 4, 12:24AM EST0

Will you recommend animation jobs as a good source of living?

Dec 3, 7:26PM EST0

I haven't had much professional work yet. But if you are in 3D or visual effects, it's a great source of living. 2D animation doesn't often gather that much money because it is expensive to make and takes a longer time. I still believe so though, yes. 

Dec 4, 12:40AM EST0

Do you find animation job to be a sensitive type of work?

Dec 3, 7:22PM EST1

Yes, I definitely believe so. You need to imagine yourself in the character's position, and animate their bodies and emotions thusly. I think that requires a lot of empathy or people watching :)

Dec 4, 12:36AM EST0

How long does it take to animate a 30-minute fantasy movie?

Dec 3, 6:51PM EST0

On average, a 30 minute movie would be 43,200 frames long. Like I said to GeekeeMe, the time it will take to make that will depend on different factors such as how many people are working on it, just counting production, what quality, which program :)

Dec 4, 12:35AM EST0

How long does it take to animate a 30-minute fantasy movie?

Dec 3, 6:43PM EST1

The average animation is 24 frames per second. so 24 x 60 = 1440 frames per minute, so 1440 x 30 = 43,200 frames. To make one 30 minute animation, I need to draw 43,200 pages. Now different factors such as - am I making it myself, are you just counting production, good quality, which program...will determine how long it takes me to draw 43,200 different drawings.

Dec 4, 12:34AM EST0

What inspires you in making animations? Any favorite subject?

Dec 3, 6:06PM EST0

Same thing I said to Ana Alonso and Kathryn.Santos98 :) Watching other people make great works of art, other animators, my dream for the future, and the fantasy genre.

Dec 4, 12:30AM EST0

What inspires you in making animations? Any favorite subject?

Dec 3, 6:00PM EST0

Same thing I said to Ana Alonso :) Watching other people make great works of art, other animators, my dream for the future, and the fantasy genre.

Dec 4, 12:29AM EST0

What is your weakest point in terms of animation?

Dec 3, 5:34PM EST1

Sizing. I tend to accidentally make an ear change size throughout an animation sometimes.

Dec 4, 12:25AM EST0

What is the biggest challenged that you have encountered with regards to your animation job?

Dec 3, 1:40PM EST0

I haven't done much paid work yet. I'm still a student. But the biggest challenge that I have encountered in regards to some volunteering work I've done was trying to get the completed works uploaded properly and in time. It was my first outsourcing job. But it was a fun experience, and it taught me to always finish work before the deadline - especially if it is an outsourcing job. That way any internet problems won't cause that much of a delay. 

Dec 3, 1:57PM EST0

What attitude should an animator possess to successfully finish a whole short film?

Dec 3, 1:17PM EST1

I think an animator should be patient, commited and enthusiastic. A short film will take a lot of time to make, so many drawings of the exact same image, and a lot of mistakes to catch. Without a whole lot of patience, enthusiasm and commitment, I don't think an animator will ever manage.

I also think they should strive to do the best they can, but not to the point of perfectionism. Being a perfectionist can often lead to unfinished projects. But at the same time, they should be willing to accept critique, catch mistakes and fix them without feeling personally offended. 

This is my first short film so it's an experiment for the most part. I'm only guessing the correct attitude and trying to implement it :)

Dec 3, 1:27PM EST0

What skill should an aspiring animator have in order to make successful animations?

Dec 3, 12:33PM EST1

That depends on what kind of animator you want to be. If it's 2D, you need to be at least a little bit good at drawing. 3D doesn't require it so much. 

The basics of physics and acting is always very handy. Knowing how to use multiple programs (Toonboom, Flash, Maya, Anime Studio...again, depending on the kind of animator you want to be) can also increase your chances.

And of course: practice, practice, practice. The most important skill for an animator is animation

Dec 3, 12:51PM EST0

Can you name the process of animations before it is aired for public viewing?

Dec 3, 12:32PM EST1

There are three main parts to working on an animated film:

  • Pre-Production
  • Production
  • Post-Production

Pre-production involves writing the screenplay, drawing up storyboards, character designs, backgrounds, recording the vocal tracks...

Production involves the actual process of animation. 

Post-production is when you composite all the layers together, colour them in, add lighting and effects, and other edits.

Sometimes the process is a little different, but this is the typical base structure. 

Dec 3, 12:45PM EST0

What should an animator do if his/her work keeps rejected by a customer for numerous times?

Dec 3, 11:58AM EST0

Hmm :) I think I answered the same thing from George Gaspar.

I've never been in that situation, so I can't help with that. I'm sorry. But if it were me, I'd hold a meeting with the customer to find out exactly what it is they don't like about my work.

Dec 3, 12:06PM EST0

What is your favorite anime character and why is it your favorite?

Dec 3, 11:50AM EST1

What a difficult question! How do I choose one - or at least ten. I have multiple favourites from multiple shows...I'll do my best and give you four favourites. But they are randomly chosen off the top of my head.

  • Envy - Fullmetal Alchemist
  • L - Death Note
  • Haku - Spirited Away
  • Victorique - Gosick

They tend to be male characters. I do have some favourite females, but not as much in comparison. The average anime doesn't give female characters as much depth as the male ones. Some (like Gosick and anything from Studio Ghibli) do portray them really nicely. That's usually where I'll find my favourite female characters.

My favourite characters also tend to be villains or anti-heroes. Very intelligent, skilled, tough, good looking, and cool. And if they have a heart of gold too, I favour them even more.

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Dec 3, 12:03PM EST0

If you are assigned to a project and suddenly the deadline was changed to an earlier date and you haven't started yet, what would you do?

Dec 3, 11:40AM EST1

Panic for five minutes 0_0 and then get straight to work. To deal with a deadline change, a lot more thorough planning would be in order. If I don't think I can make it, I'll need to discuss that immediately with the people I'm working with, while following the new plan. Hopefully the deadline can be returned to the original date. If not, at the very least I'll do my best. Worst case scenario, I'd have to cut parts from the scenes. 

Dec 3, 11:49AM EST0

What should an animator do if his/her work keeps rejected by a customer for numerous times?

Dec 3, 11:32AM EST0

I'm sorry, I don't know. I haven't been in that situation yet. I would probably hold a meeting with the customer and find out exactly what it is they don't like about my work. Then go back and fix it, if I want to continue working on that project. 

Dec 3, 11:44AM EST0
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