Sometimes you may feel all these cool tools are needed to make your own animation and that it costs TONS of money but the truth is there are tools out there which are totally free of charge and are very capable of helping you create and tell your story.

I’ve followed this team around for some time and have enjoyed watching them work on their project.   I’m posting this here so you can see what free tools they use and check out the tons of tutorials they have that can help you create something cool today.

 

http://morevnaproject.org/

 

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Check it out.  Your list of excuses as to why you cannot make your own anime is getting smaller and smaller.

Click Here!

 

 

 

I have been following Milton for years.  I love his style.  It has a Disney meets Anime look to it.  Milton has recently been featured on various websites with his newest animation She Thor vs Hulk Zombie.   I posted it above.    He posted a nice commentary and breakdown of what he does.

 

I hope this gives you ideas on putting things together.

 

 

I just wanted to share this cool tool that could be used to add some cool FX on your animation.

http://aescripts.com/autosway/

After Effects is a truly powerful tool to start creating your own anime.   You can use various shortcuts and tools to make your story look cool without taking up too much time.

Here is the a video on how to use the tool.

I noticed this animation the other day.  I thought it had an interesting look to it and what is even cooler is the artist has a How TO.

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Here is part 1.  I’m sure you can find the other 9.

Putting this all together do you think you can use this method to make your characters come to life.

 

If you are creative and think outside the box you can use almost any digital tool to create your own anime.  I wanted to share with you some tutorials and workflow used by my friend Kel-Chan.  She is a one person anime making machine.    She uses MMD and has learned how to kit bash and create all types of original characters.  In this set of tutorials you will see just how she does it from animating to using MMD and kitbashing.

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Here is some bonus material

 

 

If you are unfamiliar with MMD it is a Japanese software used to create all those Miku Dance videos.

You can download the free software here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a shot of the last day at PDI.  It is sad to think that all these people are now unemployed.

I always wondered what it would be like for a few of these guys to get together and create their own properties.

It would be awesome to see more artist owned endeavors. It would be awesome for some of these guys to get together and work on their own intellectual properties and make their own money vs working for the status quot.   I know a lot of people say it takes millions to make a movie but quite honestly that is no longer true.

Here is the breakdown.

1 person can make an animated feature.  It has already been proven.

MdotStrange, Jeff Lew, David Krupicz, Nina Paley, Tyler Gibb etc.  Each did an entire feature.

MdotStrange has done 3 films and is able to do one in a  year.    So in truth it does not take a massive team of 1000s.  Also it doesn’t take years upon years.   Jeff Lew did it all in 3. I have been following newer cg artists and they are turning out 3 minutes a month by themselves.  Imagine if you had 10 guys doing that together.

Now it is true you will not get Pixar quality but you can create pretty good quality that is watchable.  Also if you have to create out of necessity and find ways around limitations you could probably have some really cool styles coming out of it.

Here is the perfect example.  R’ha was done by one person in the span of 7 months.    It is roughly 5:30 minutes long minus credits and such.  Now imagine you had 10 guys working together.  In 1 1/2 year you could have a full feature with similar quality.

If folks like the Asylum, Video Briquendo and the folks behind Kiarra the Brave can turn a profit imagine what 3-10 great artists from Dreamworks could accomplish if they worked more the way these indies who have completed full length films.

The tools are there.  The talent is there.   Why is there not more of these?

Monty has created his own Anime series here in my hometown of Austin.  I thought that was so cool.   Here are some behind the scenes videos I hope you enjoy.

 

You can glean so much by watching others work.   I learned so much from watching him work and will be employing them in my animated series.

Stay tuned for more updates.