We talked to animator Lauren Brown, a self-proclaimed animation nerd, about her work. Brown presently works as an animation supervisor. She recently earned a Masters in Animation and Digital Arts from USC. Brown’s skills include animating, stop motion, editing, image manipulation and production. You can see her reel here
Here are her insightful answers to our questions, as well as an extensive list of resources she recommends. Enjoy.
Let’s start with the story. Is story just as critical in animation as it is in live film? Are there different themes or different approaches required for an animated story?
The importance of story really depends on who you ask. Animation has the ability to tell a complex story as well as act as an emotional conduit and a moving painting. Story is only one element of filmmaking and a filmmaker can choose which elements he or she wishes to focus on. Perhaps visual beauty is more important, or emotional arc or capturing one moment in time.
It is important to note that in general, people look for stories in their media, so even if you do not provide a clear narrative that most of your audience will understand in the same way, people may interpret one from your film.
Can a filmmaker show off his/her skill in a piece as short as :30 or :60?
You can absolutely tell a story or show your skill in a short piece. Commercials are usually under a minute and can be very wonderful visual experiments and can tell very impactful, simple stories. Many animation exercises are only a few seconds in length. An animator can look at a few seconds of animation to determine your technical skill level in that method.
However, showing your story chops usually requires more than a few seconds. Short form films require different approaches to story than feature length ones because you have to hold the audience for different lengths of time and different elements are required to keep people involved.
In the age of YouTube, a short piece is a great way to share your ideas and talent and experiment with animation and visual effects. Use online animation forums and groups to get honest feedback on your work.READ MORE...