SUMMARY OF CHAPTER 10 OF “ANIMATED STORYTELLING” BY LIZ BLAZER & UI EXAMPLES
Over the past few months I have had some interesting experiences, finding myself shopping for a baby onesie for a stuffed bear to cover up a Hershey Park logo stitched on its cuddly belly or for example running out in the middle of the night to buy female action figures because my sons old toys collection were apparently male dominated and sexist. The cashier did not understand I needed more diversity in my stop motion movie! I just smiled and said thanks when he congratulated me on the new arrival. How many times have you seen a movie with a friend and they said “Wow, that was great, but what was really amazing was the intro sequence and the end credits!” Never, that’s when…never. Do you geek out over typography in commercials? These are the kind of stories and thoughts only your peers would understand. That is why you have to network.
Liz Blazer ends her book by giving us a few tips about how to promote your work and develop a community of peers:
- Place your work in context. Package your work, have a title logo and stills from the piece ready. Go back to your brief and planning materials and create a short synopsis from the description and theme.
- Don’t leave yourself out. The next question on anybody’s lips once they have seen anything (good or bad) is “Who did this?”. Create a bio and update it periodically (like a resume, tailor it for your audience or the piece if appropriate.
- What is the story of the film? I know you are exhausted from just creating the damn thing, but once you have had a rest, go back and write some notes on the experience of making the film. This is now part of your life, part of your story and this will be like a diary for people who will interview you later, or your family or yourself, just to remember. Why did you do it? What emotions or concepts did you explore? What was the motivation? Any interesting challenges or funny anecdotes along the way? This should all be considered part of your “post-post production” and should not be skipped. Not only is it good being thorough, it will bring good closure as you get ready for the next one.
There are a plethora of connection and engagement opportunities out there. Too many to list here but all you have to do to start is open a browser and start typing in Google, there are film festivals, competitions, groups, professional and industry associations. That is something I need to learn about myself. Be brave, be confident and kind and there is no limit to what you can achieve.
Examples of Advanced Animation
I have shared and seen countless examples of great motion graphics and animations during the course, but these are pieces that I always return to when I need inspiration and reorient myself. Enjoy…
“The 300” and “The 300 – Rise of an Empire”
Behind The Scenes – Visual Effects
Train – Robot Battle Scene
Behind the scenes – Samurai battle
“Ra Ra Rasputin”, just fun…
“The Kingdom” opening credits, 60 years of foreign policy in 4 minutes. Dynamic storytelling.
“Fringe” Television show opening credits
Lemony Snikets End Credits
Top image/ Featured image: Screen capture of Suckerpunch Samurai battle scene.
Shawn is an Information Technology manager in Washington D.C. and a graduate student at Quinnipiac University pursuing his masters in Interactive Media and Communications.
Blazer, L. (2016). Animated storytelling : simple steps for creating animation & motion graphics. San Francisco, CA: Peachpit Press.
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