Roughly, the animation process can be broken into two phases. “Pre production” and “Production.” Let’s discuss the distinct steps within each.
Phase 1 of The Animation Process
Animation “pre production” is, believe it or not, at least as important as animation “production” (a.k.a style design, illustration and animation). Why? Because truly powerful animations aren’t just visually engaging, they also tell a fantastic story.
Think about it. What’s the difference between the Disney movies you’ll never forget versus the one’s that totally flopped in the box office? After all, the illustration and animation were world-renowned both groups — so what separates them?
It’s the story.
…it’s how successfully the film takes you along on a journey, and tugs at your heart strings.
…it’s how the story builds suspense through emotions like anticipation, fear, and reward.
…it’s how connected you become to the story’s characters, or to the mission.
Don’t get us wrong, the quality of the production is also tremendously important. Without great visual production, you’ll be stuck with an amateur looking product. But the point is, you’ll never even have a chance unless you succeed in the pre production first!
So without further ado, here are the steps you’ll take along your journey.