More and more animated films have come out in recent years but the process behind actually creating one still remains much of a mystery. It’s not because it’s kept a secret but simply because there are minimal sources or focus on it. If you’re an aspiring animated filmmaker, here are four tips that could help you.
1. Set a Strict Deadline
Unlike a live action film where actors have to move on to different projects, an animated film allows you to do countless retakes or edits. This can be convenient especially if you spot something that can be improved but sometimes it can be a trap. Today’s animated films are crafted on the computer so it’s fairly easy to go back and “tweak” it but for some filmmakers, they don’t know when to stop and they get stuck in a never-ending limbo of tweaking and changing – spotting “mistake after mistake.” Always stick to a strict deadline. If the studio didn’t give you one, then set one of your own. Know when to let go and allow your animated film to be.
2. Get Some Experience
This might seem like a no-brainer but becoming a filmmaker, animated or live, means knowing what you’re doing in the first place. This doesn’t mean you have to gain experience in every single role required for the project but simply to have a good grasp of the basics. Take an acting or film class to help you out when it comes to figuring out what’s required of your actors or voice actors. This will give you good firsthand experience and also helps you communicate your vision better.
3. Don’t Be Afraid To Stir Up Emotions
The idea of a film being animated usually means it’s for children, or at least that’s how it’s perceived in much of the Western world. But this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t include strong or intensely emotional scenes to hammer down the point of your story. Most of the time, children can grasp what you’re trying to say even if some parents might feel as if the scene is too raw or intense for them. After all, it’s a natural instinct for an adult to protect a child.
4. Don’t Think About Box Office Impact, Think About Telling A Solid Story
Your job as an animated filmmaker is to tell a solid story with great visuals that your audience will appreciate. Get your film out of there, make sure it’s of top quality and anything beyond that is icing on the cake. Some filmmakers become so intensely worried whether their film will do good or resonate that it prevents them from shipping it out. It’s worth repeating, your part is to get it done and get it out the door, everything else is a bonus.