Jamaal Bradley - Acting Shot Walk-through

Learn how Senior Dreamworks Animator Jamaal Bradley uses reference, thumbnails, analyzes dialogue, breaks down poses, and takes a shot all the way 'to final'. "From Planning to Polish" is a step by step, 3 part video that takes you all the way from the planning phases of acting, down to the finished dialogue. This is a fun and educational video that will be an ongoing resource. You will get 8 Steps of Working Through Your Shot (3 Part Video).

1. Description of the shot launch in production | 2. Analyzing your dialogue | 3. Making Useful Thumbnails | 4. Creating & Using Reference | 5. Blocking (Posing the Character for acting and appeal) | 6. Tie Down (Spline Pass #1) | 7. Final Polish (Spline Pass #2) | 8. Facial Refinement

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Mike Walling - Body Mechanics

Body Mechanics Shot Walk Through training with Mike Walling, Animator at DreamWorks SKG. From Basic Planning through Polish. (Thanks to Olivier Ladeuix for the French translation http://www.olivier-ladeuix.com/blog/)

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Mike Walling - Overlapping Action

Overlapping Action with iAnimate.net character TOTS (Thing On The Spring). In this one hour four minute shot walkthrough Mike covers all of the basic principles that make a shot work successfully along with overlapping action that takes place in things like hair and how it moves secondary to the character's base movements. Available in the Store.

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Robb Pratt - Storyboard Webinars

Robb has designed a series of Ten Webinars that will take us in depth from the scripting process, thumbnailing, boarding, pitching, all the way through to drawing for animation. This series of webinars will be great if you are just getting into animation and developing shots for showreels or short film development, or even if you are a professional animator like myself and wanting to know more about the storyboarding process. The webinars are designed to run from the beginning of the process until the end, so I fully recommend attending the full series.

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Visualizing the Story: A Storyboard Artist's Job

This webinar talks about what the story process is for the Storyboard Artist. There are specifics things that all stories need, whether it be a short film or a full length Feature production.

Preparing to Storyboard: Breaking Down the Story BEFORE You Begin to Draw

"Breaking down the story BEFORE you begin to draw" will be about the process of preparing to begin your storyboard by studying your script, identifying story problems, creating master set-ups, and developing a "bird's-eye-view' of your scene so you can come up with a game plan before you begin to draw. The universal storyboard artists' problem of wanting to jump in and start your board before you are ready because of the ticking clock of production makes this webinar one of the most crucial in the series. Preparation actually saves time when done properly, but learning how to prepare is one of the most difficult, yet important concepts to grasp.

Basic Cinematics: Understanding Traditional Film Language

This webinar will cover the basic building blocks of staging a visual story in a way that the audience is conditioned to view it. We will touch upon revolutionary examples from television and film that set up the rules for clean staging, allowing the viewer to take in the story without feeling bogged down by it's logic. Robb also has prepared some fantastic handouts to help illustrate webinar.

Drawing and Composition for Storyboarding: How Drawings Are Used To Tell Story

In this June webinar, "Drawing and Composition for Storyboarding", we'll discuss how drawings are used to tell a story, and how simple perspective tricks can help you communicate your camera angles with believability. We'll also go over the terminology of camera angles and moves, and shed light on how each composition can be used to most effectively tell your story.

Camera Angles and Camera Moves: Informing the Audience Where The Point of View Is

In this webinar, we'll discuss how to compose your shots in order to guide your viewers' focus in the clearest, most entertaining way, allowing them to engage in your story with minimal distraction.

Story Flow: Making Shots Work Seamlessly Together

I'll discuss how to build rhythm in your story telling by having your shots build into each other and work off of each other like a great musical score. I'll also go over fundamental cutting - how motivated cuts and camera moves make for good story flow.

Digital Storyboarding: Taking Advantage of Digital Tools While Avoiding Creative Traps

Creating An Animatic - Viewing Your Board as a Multimedia Project

Finishing Your Board: Covering All Your Bases So Your Board Clearly Communicates

Storyboards To Screen: How Your Board Affects the Animated Pipeline

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