Here is a detailed outline of the process that is practised to give you a better understanding of how Animation is done.
Step 1 - Concept and Storyboards
A storyboard is a sequence of illustrations that showcases your digital story in two facets. The first one is time: what happens now, then and later. The second is interaction: how does the voiceover interact with the images, how do visual effects bind the images together, how does the voice overs interact with the background music?
Step 2 - 3D Modeling
To create a 3D model is to take a simple object, as single point vertex, a 2D line, a curve, 3D objects faces or polygons, and extend it into a shape that can be refined and detailed.
Step 3 - Texturing
When a 3D model is created, 2D images can be overlaid on it to add color, design and texture.
Step 4 - Rigging and Skinning
To make a character walk and talk is the next stage. This helps in giving life to a moving character.
Step 5 - Animation
Animation is the process of taking a 3D object and making it to move. Animation comes in different flavours.
Step 6 - Lighting
Lighting, makes a scene to come alive. Inappropriately used light can wash out a scene, make objects appear hard or flat, and destroy all the hard work.
Step 7 - Camera Angles and Techniques
In 3D, there is no need for a lens, focusing controls, aperture, etc. All of these functions are controlled via software. It is also possible to zooming into a scene while changing the depth of field.
Step 8 - Rendering
Rendering includes camera placement, lighting choices to empower mood and shadows, reflections and transparency, and adding special effects, like fluids or gasses.
Step 9 - Compositing and Special FX
The renders are brought into compositing programs to edit, touch-up and add on special effects. shooting in front of a blue/ green screen and then replacing the background with footage shots.
Step 10 - Music and Foley
Music and foley sound effects are added to give the animation the extra boost in audio enjoyment.
Step 11 - Editing and Final Output
The compiled product is exported as suitable formats for broadcasting and delivering to the client.
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