We all love a good animation film. They can make the impossible feel real, achieving things and helping to create worlds that a live action film would be hard pressed to achieve. However, being able to achieve this excellence has been a long process that has developed due to the hard work and dedication of many individuals over decades. The wonders that it has produced include films such as Toy Story, The Lion King, Princess Mononoke and many, many, others.
So, how did animation develop to create whole new worlds for both children and adults alike to explore and enjoy? Just a pinch of movie magic and a whole bunch of innovation.
Animation used to be one of the most painstaking and time-consuming elements of filmmaking. It has gotten more efficient through the years, due to innovation in the technology used to create the images. For example, artists now create their characters and scenery on tablets instead of with a good old fashioned pencil! But this is a long and complicated process; the typical animated film takes at least four to five years to complete!
One of the final steps of creating an animated feature involves the adding of sound effects. These are the click clacks, the footsteps and little breaths that go into making an animated feature seem as real as possible. These sounds are a part of a method used in SFX known as Foley.
One of the most important elements of animation, which you should never overlook, is that of staging. It is directing the audience’s attention toward the most important element of a scene and helping to tell the story through this primary focus. This is an idea that has stemmed from the similar idea of ‘blocking’ in the theatre. However, whilst the stage deals with the places of characters and props, animated film also has to consider the angle of the camera and the lighting of the scene also.
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