So I posted about this animation yesterday.   I thought it was pretty cool to see someone create an entire movie all by themselves.

So if you want to create your own animation/anime/manga you can.   Here are some of the questions I asked and some of the answers I got from the creator.

1. How did you make this so quickly by yourself? 18 months felt like a really long time for me to make this.

2. Was it self financed or is someone sponsoring you? It was self financed but it was only to pay my personal bills while I was making it. So about $15k total.

3. What do you think about perfectionism while creating? Are you a perfectionist? Or do you think that would hurt productivity? Do you just move on? I mean a see a lot of great shorts which usually take folks about the same amount of time you took to make an entire movie. Perfectionism definitely hurts productivity, sometimes I would get lost in the details while texturing the characters in Mari, or when creating the blendshapes in Maya.

4. Where can I see Kaptara and Chance? Chance had me in my seat. No one has ever created this theme before in animation. Very unique. Kaptara is up on Google Play store, ITunes, XBox, etc, don’t think its hard to find.

5. What is your day job if you don’t mind me asking or is making movies it? Right now I am the Animation Director at Arconyx.

6. Do you have any making of? this is the only known compilation of my behind the scenes work on Battle Oasis.
https://vimeo.com/101570429

7. What did you start with? Do you have several shorts before attempting making a movie? I started this process about 12 years ago, learning each aspect of 3d just enough to be able to create what looked like a shot in a movie, then you just have to duplicate that work 1000 times, (1000 shots in a film about).

8. What advice would you give CG artists about making their own movie? My advice for making your own movies, is only learn the basic fundamentals of each stage, just enough to get the job done. Don’t over complicate things like, rigging, or rendering, just go with basics then try to make the lighting look unique.

9. I’ve commented alot about the cost of making animated films. I don’t think it should cost as much as it does 250 Million for Tangled. Folks told me to basically shut up and I don’t know what I”m talking about but for someone who has made 3 films themselves what do you think about the inflated budgets and what could you do with 40 Million dollars for a movie? You think you could reach Tangled quality? What if you had a 2 million dollar budget like they do on Asylum films?  It’s definitely possible to make animated films a $100k budget, its just if you have a small team, no one wants to work for free, especially in this industry.

I really enjoyed watching this film.   I like that this artist Mike Johnson was able to create an entire movie all on his own.  Personally I’ve seen a lot of haters in the CG World basically telling folks making a movie can’t be done, you need 100 Million dollars and utterly hating the quality of a film when it doesn’t look like Pixar.

That is really sad to think.   The fact is it can be done.  Someone proved it can be done.   It didn’t take even 1 million dollars to make and it does not need to be Pixar quality.    We would all like Pixar quality but at this time it is not possible for a one man team but most audiences really don’t care.   I’m sure most people would love to drive a Bentley, Porshe or Lambo but that doesn’t mean we don’t buy a car because we can’t have those.   We buy the Toyotas, Hondas, Kias and Fords.   They have nice cars even though they are not as fast or fancy.

Your audience is the same.   You can still make a good looking CG film.  Yes it may be lower quality but it does not mean that audiences will not like it.

There are 100s of stick animations out there that have Millions of views and people like them just as much as they would a Pixar movie.

So never let anyone tell you that you cannot make a movie especially if it will not look like Pixar.

Eventually technology will catch up and a one man person will be able to make a Toy Story movie but it will be the people who start now that will be there when it happens.

Yes you can make your own ANIME!   I hope this site inspires and helps you.

Well here is your chance.    MightyOataking has a Patreon going on right now with project files.

If you don’t know who mightyOtaking is please check out his work below.

He uses a lot of 3d reference to make it look really cool and speed things up.

 

 

If you are not the best animator or you are the best at it refrences can be awesome and helpful.  We talked about using 3d as a reference but you can use an actual person as well.

Here are some videos talking about animating using references and still drawing as well.

 

 

I really liked the intro this guy made.  It looks pretty good especially animated by one person.  I thought I’d share with you some of his video tutorials on how to make anime.  Again the process works in standard animation as well.

I’m going to throw this one in as well.  Animating with Adobe After FX.

Live2d Euclid is looking amazing.  I want you guys to keep an eye on this software.

Imagine combined several methods together to create your anime.

This one would be great because you could draw it yourself or again you can get the aid of a 2d artist and then combine it with this software and if you remember we showed you in a previous tutorial how to make Anime Backgrounds.   Well combine this and it looks like it supports MOCAP and whalla you have a 2d show.  It also looks like it supports facial capture so you can actually get your voice actor and actually record as she does lines.

Wow guys!  Awesome blossom.   I hope you are starting to put alot of these things into thought and you are starting to plan your anime.

Imagine the possibilities.

 

One of my favorite aspects of the creation process is to create characters.   For me I use them to drive my story.    For me characters come first.  Usually  I’ll scribble up some character and then it inspires me to think about that characters life.

Below are some of the characters I have created over the years.

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One key for me when creating a character is to keep them simple.  For example the guy below.  Not much to him but a humanoid snail.   But for me I think he is awesome.  When I see him I start thinking about what he is like, where is he from, what kind of life he would lead, etc.

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Personally I like characters out of the norm.  I get tired of the good looking guy or girl being the main hero ALL the time.  I always wanted the monsters to be the good guys.  I wanted the little side kick like character to be the main hero and so for me I’ve always designed characters that were a little off and I would give them a weakness of sorts.    That weakness would be part of their character.

Another thing I think about when I’m creating a character is to give him a goofy name that just fits. Here are a list of some of my characters names.

Kalimar, Sasquatch named Joe, Snailo (pictured above), Flog, Alienboy (Raimi is his real name) Low-Key, Spoon, Taco, Soft, Poke, etc.

While some are stupid they are recognizable and say something about the character.

For example SOFT.  Pictured below.   Soft’s father gave her up when she was only around 2 years old.  She was bought by a robot from a planet similar to Cybertron.  Basically it is a planet that was taken over by robots.  Being advance technologically they joined the Galactic Federation as any other alien race would.   This robot is a criminal and has brought Soft to his home planet as a show piece and to have fun torturing her.  She endures being frozen and released for over 100 years.    However being the daughter of her powerful father she escapes the clutches of her robotic owner, she wreaks havoc on the planet and ends up taking over the robot planet all on her own.  Her name is Soft because she is a soft thing in a hard world.   This is really where her story begins.  She learns her father has taken over several planets over the years and has put her younger siblings in charge of these planets.  Her goal is to undermine her siblings to make her way to her father and prove she was the daughter that should never have been thrown away.

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All that just to tell you why her name is SOFT.

SOFT is actually a part of my Bigfoot Vs Nerd Universe.   I’m thinking big.  LOL.  Make sure when creating characters that you also copywrite them.

That is just a side note.

Now if you can tell I’m about to start creating my own anime and show you step by step how to do it.  Step 1 is creating great characters.   Some folks go story first but I go character and let it organically go from there.

 

Hey ya’ll.  I was doing some research on making Anime style backgrounds.  After all your characters have to live somewhere.   Give them a home and place to interact with in this awesome tutorial.

Here is a link to a whole boatload of tutorials

http://www.mclelun.com/

There are tons of tutorials that you can use for your manga or your anime series.

I really love his work.  I like how he uses 3d as a reference and in some cases as a render.    His website has extensive tutorials.  Go visit today and give your characters a place to live.

 

 

 

IF you wanted to make an animated series that looks good but without all the render time then look no further than real time.

If you have checked out UE4 you know what I’m talking about.