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  • Animation Tips: 48 FPS for *Lower* Frame Rates

    Animation Tips: 48 FPS for *Lower* Frame Rates

    For many working in animation, we generally limit our choice of frame rate to 1s or 2s depending on what time and budget allow. New Skwigly contributor Simmon Keith Barney offers up some alternative approaches.

    When people talk about film …

  • “Get a job in Animation…” 12 Top Tips

    “Get a job in Animation…” 12 Top Tips

    “Get a job in Animation…” Sure, sounds easy, but with plenty of competition for roles and the ability to study any time, any place with the growth of online courses, do you have what it takes to truly stand out?…

  • How To Get Great Music In Your Animated Show

    How To Get Great Music In Your Animated Show

    When I think back to the cartoons I loved as a kid I can’t remember the storylines – but I can always remember the music. Wacky Races (Catch the Pigeon!), Top Cat, The Magic Roundabout, Thomas the Tank Engine (Mike …

  • How Small Studios can be your BIG break – Part 2

    How Small Studios can be your BIG break – Part 2

    In Part 1 we explored how beneficial a ‘small’ studio can be for you.

    Four Major Points were covered:…

    The wishful assumptions we make about our ‘dream’ studio
    That there are other opportunities you may not have considered
    How small

  • How Small Studios can be your BIG break

    How Small Studios can be your BIG break

    I love sushi. Three years ago I thought I knew what awesome sushi tasted like, because I’d never been to Japan; I was completely wrong.

    It’s the same with animation. When you’re just starting out, it’s easy to be in …

  • How To Boost Your Online Presence #5: Film Festival Expert, Christopher Holland

    How To Boost Your Online Presence #5: Film Festival Expert, Christopher Holland

    This week on Skwigly, we’ve been enjoying an epic relay race of wisdom, all on the topic of building an online profile. So for Fridays last leg of advice, let’s pass over to mentor and advisor from the world of …

  • How To Boost Your Online Presence #4: Film Reviewer, Rob Munday

    How To Boost Your Online Presence #4: Film Reviewer, Rob Munday

    So far this week, we’ve focused on how industry creatives choose to use the web to promote their own work. What all creatives should celebrate about today’s contributor, Rob Munday, is that he chooses to spend his valuable time promoting …

  • How To Boost Your Online Presence #3: Illustrator, Andrew Rae

    How To Boost Your Online Presence #3: Illustrator, Andrew Rae

    Andrew is an Illustrator whose style and humour are instantly recognisable, with a huge body of work that reaches every corner of the world. It would be easy to put all this success down to his immensely creative flair, but …

  • How To Boost Your Online Presence #2: Director, Patrick Clair

    How To Boost Your Online Presence #2: Director, Patrick Clair

    Patrick Clair is a bright star in the television industry. He has garnered accolades from around the world for his innovative and influential motion graphics, including an Emmy for his brooding title sequence to HBO’s cult hit, True Detective. Despite …

  • 4 Ways to Speed Up Your Animation Working Time

    4 Ways to Speed Up Your Animation Working Time

    One of the most important things ever in any project is the ability to save time. Perfectionists need to save time, so they can improve their work. Directors need to have the project ahead of time to review the work …

  • How To Boost Your Online Presence #1: Blue Zoo Studio

    How To Boost Your Online Presence #1: Blue Zoo Studio

    It’s that time in January, the time to start the things that will define 2015. I’m not talking about joining the gym or drinking less vodka, I mean the challenges we creatives set ourselves. Start that short film. Learn Maya. …

  • How To Market Your Short Film Online: The Missing Scarf

    How To Market Your Short Film Online: The Missing Scarf

    This month the animation community was abuzz with the online premiere of 2014’s big film festival success The Missing Scarf. The film received a huge reaction on social media during the week of the release, but was this a purely …

  • How To Come Up With Great Story Ideas In Animation

    How To Come Up With Great Story Ideas In Animation

    At some point we have all come up against it. The mental block. That creative black-hole out of which no ideas ever leap. It’s a frustrating place to be, and the more frustrated we become the harder it can be …

  • Adapting A Book Into An Animated Film: 5 Issues To Consider

    Adapting A Book Into An Animated Film: 5 Issues To Consider

    Sound waves almost as powerful as the “fee fi fo fum” yelping of a fairytale giant travelled across the media industry in April. This was the reverberation to the exciting news that renowned film director Steven Spielberg is to direct …

  • How Do Animation Graduates Find Work In The Animation Industry?

    How Do Animation Graduates Find Work In The Animation Industry?

    How do animation graduates find work in the animation industry? Jobs in the entertainment industry have always been competitive. Below are the 12 key rules that I believe are vital for success.…

    Rule No. 1 – Get really good at

  • How To Create A Great Animation Show Reel

    How To Create A Great Animation Show Reel

    What goes into a great student demo reel (or show reel)? This is one of the most comment questions that I get asked by students; and for a good reason. Putting together a great demo reel is the single most …

  • Acting For Animation: Character Animation – Working With Dialogue

    Acting For Animation: Character Animation – Working With Dialogue

    Listening to those voices in your head

    In the last tutorial we looked at the different types of generic characters that you may well come across when you are animating, and how you can go about getting to know them …

  • Acting For Animation: Character Development

    Acting For Animation: Character Development

    How to get under that character’s skin

    Last time we looked at observing, rehearsing and timing to help you to prepare your animation. As a result you should now be avid people watchers as well as being more observant of …

  • Acting For Animation – Observation

    Acting For Animation – Observation

    So what do you need to do to make your performance better?

    So last time we looked at what you need to consider when preparing yourself as a character animator by unpicking the basics of the acting process. But of …

  • Acting For Animation & Character Performance

    Acting For Animation & Character Performance

    So. What is acting?

    Before I became an animator I had spent many years working in the theatre. It was here, watching performances night after night that I grew to understand that when an actor changes their intonation or a …

  • Story Skills for Animation 4

    Story Skills for Animation 4

    Previous Tutorial: Story Skills for Animation 3

    The story so far; Oh, just go back and read the other stuff.

    Some other advice I’ll give you for nothing, though one day I’ll expect you to buy a book.

    And the …

  • Story Skills for Animation 3

    Story Skills for Animation 3

    Previous Tutorial: Story Skills for Animation 2

    The story so far; Historically storyboarding is the way to take animated projects forward and it may also be the best. Putting drawings on the wall, narrating them to others and feeling how …

  • Story Skills For Animation 2

    Story Skills For Animation 2

    Previous Tutorial: Story Skills for Animation 1

    A short history of telling tales in commercial cartoons continued

    The story so far – people made things move and mostly made up stories as they went along, with directors imposing some structure …

  • Story Skills for Animation 1

    Story Skills for Animation 1

    The best way to learn to write for the screen is to watch things, think about them and then watch them again. Here are lots of things to watch.

    A short history of telling tales in commercial cartoons

    This is …

  • Get Creative With Your CV!

    Get Creative With Your CV!

    Unfortunately good CV writing skills are a necessary evil that haunts most of us at some time in our lives. Our CV is as essential part of setting us on our desired career path and getting us our first break.  …

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