If you are going to make an awesome anime you need more than good art, giant robots and big breasts to make something awesome. You need a good story. Here is some great tips to coming up with a story idea.
how to make your own movie
Some of you may not have to deal much with this but I know I do and that is the lack of artistic talent. Animation in general is a visual media. We may have a great story and have all these ideas in our head but getting them out there for people to see can be a challenge if you do not have the talent to draw.
Some will tell you that you can get there. Usually these are people with talent themselves. Point is you probably can with much practice and determination. But it is in my opinion that natural talent is also required. I have been drawing everyday since I was 3. I have gotten better and I do draw better than the average person but I am no where near what I want to be and no where near what I want to show people.
Behold my work above. That is the extent of my drawing talent. I think I can do a little better with more practice but honestly that is not what I want to see in MY series. I’m sure I could make something watchable in my style but I’d rather go a different route.
You see this whole website or book depending on what you are reading is designed to address that TALENT part in full. In fact it should be titled “How to Make your Own Animation even if you suck at art and nobody will help you because I don’t have the money to hire them but have this great idea for an Anime”
That would be the synopsis. Well despite some of your limitations or perceived limitations I think we can work through this together.
A combination of things will make it possible.
*Save a little money and hire some artists. (I’ll show you where to find them)
*Collaboration (works great in connection with voice actors, musicians but visual artists are going to be a tough sale)
*Using tools to the fullest (don’t be afraid to use things or think you are too good to use certain tools)
*Stylize (make a unique style out of it)
*Rely on the STORY! (Story is king)
*Just do it with what you got
I want to share something with you if you feel that you do not have the talent to draw. I personally was depressed at my own ability until I saw this.
Truth be told I draw better than this guy. It looks like the stuff I draw in my quick storyboards but I will tell you now that this is one of my favorite Mangas EVER! What it lacked in beauty if made up for in character, charm and story. I cannot stop reading this story. Before I knew it I was hooked. At one point this artist of the series One-Punch Man was getting 20,000 views a day. It became a viral hit and was very popular. Soon I didn’t care about the art and that it wasn’t perfect. I was still looking at a wonderfully entertaining story. Since then the art has been beefed up but quite honestly it lacks the charm of the original.
The point is your art does not need to be Disney, Pixar or Miyazaki level. Your story however should be.
I don’t have time. Time is a precious commodity that is not always in great supply. It takes Pixar 4 years from start to finish to make 1 animated feature film. That is with 100s of people working on the project. That is a daunting task.
Needless to say that is a great big hurdle.
But one that we can face and leap through with a little time management.
The trick to overcoming the challenge of time in your animation process is conserving your time and not wasting it. We all have the same amount of time, rich or poor. Although money does buy time. But there are other things that buy your time.
One day a few of my friends and I decided to calculate the amount of time we spent on certain non essential activities, IE watching TV, Video games, sports, browsing, etc. We calculated 40+ hours almost on a given week doing all these things that quickly added up.
Here is a little research I found online.
In the US
5 hours per day watching TV
3 hours a day online
5-7 on video games
That is 140 hours a month, 1680 a year.
1680×4 years = 9 full months of your life.
Creating or consuming? It is up to you.
Kind of gives you a reality check don’t it? I find myself in this predicament all the time but if you want to make your anime you will have to spend that time creating.