Animator | Pointers

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Animation Websites

11 Second Club
http://www.11secondclub.com
Monthly character animation competition

Animation Anomaly
https://animationanomaly.com
Charles Kenny’s animation blog

Animation Insider
http://www.animationinsider.com
Jobs & interviews with front-line animators

Animator Island
https://www.animatorisland.com
Animation tips, tricks and tutorials

Animation World Network
https://www.awn.com
Largest animation publishing group on the web

Anim’Jobs
https://www.animjobs.com
French website of jobs in animation

ASIFA
https://www.asifa-hollywood.org
Website of the International Animated Film Society, Hollywood

> Separate local US branches of ASIFA

Déja View
http://andreasdeja.blogspot.com
Animator Andreas Déja’s blog

Frame by Frame
https://framexframe.tumblr.com
Frame-by-frame animation analysis

Living Lines Library
https://livlily.blogspot.com
Animation resources

Rotoscopers
http://www.rotoscopers.com
Animation news site

Skwigly
https://www.skwigly.co.uk
Online animation magazine

Temple of the Seven Golden Camels
https://sevencamels.blogspot.com
Storyboarding for animation

Zippy Frames
https://www.zippyframes.com
Animation journal promoting European and Independent Animation animation since 2011


Software

Paid:

Manual:

After Effects
Motion graphics

Apple Motion
Mac

TVPaint
2D animation

AI:

      1. Adobe Character Animator
      2. Animaker
      3. Appypie
      4. Audio2face
      5. Autodesk Maya
      6. Cascadeur
      7. GliaStar
      8. Gooey
      9. Kaiber
      10. Kapwing
      11. Krikey
      12. Moovly
      13. Omniverse Machinima (from Nvidia)
      14. Plask Motion
      15. Powtoon
      16. Raw Shorts
      17. RenderForest
      18. Runway
      19. Steve.AI
      20. Synthetik
      21. Toon Boom rigged 2D animation
      22. VideoScribe
      23. Vyond

 

Free:

Audacity
Multi-track audio editor for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux etc.

Blender
3D animation, 2D frame-by-frame

Inkspace
Animators’ vector image maker

Open Broadcaster
Video recording & live streaming

OpenToonz
2D frame-by-frame animation

Blender
3D making suite supporting entire 3D pipeline

Krita
Digital painting

Synfig
2D animation for Windows, Linux & Mac OS X

Gimp
Cross-platform image editor for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, Windows etc.

Notepad++
Source code editor notepad replacer running in Windows

Tiled
Level editor


Fora

3dmd Forum
https://www.3dmd.net/forum/3d-forum-2.html

Animation Forum
http://www.animationforum.net/forum

Animation Revelation Forum
https://animationrevelation.com/forum

Animation World Network (includes forum)
https://www.awn.com

Blender Community
https://www.blender.org/community

Cartoon Forum
https://www.cartoon-media.eu

Craft Animations Forum
http://forum.craftanimations.com

Foundry Community
https://community.foundry.com

Game FAQs Cartoon & Animation Forum
https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/boards/203-cartoons-and-animation

GSAP Greensock Fora
https://gsap.com/community

Internet Animation Database
https://intanibase.com

Reddit>3D Animation
https://thehiveindex.com/communities/r-3danimation

Reddit>Animation
https://www.reddit.com/r/animation

Reddit>Animators
https://www.reddit.com/r/Animators

Reddit>Frame by Frame
https://www.reddit.com/r/FrameByFrame

Reddit>Learn Animation
https://thehiveindex.com/communities/r-learnanimation

Synfig Animation Forum
https://forums.synfig.org/c/general/5

Toon Boom Community
https://www.toonboom.com/community

Toonzone Forum
https://animesuperhero.com/forums

Traditional Animation Forum
https://www.traditionalanimation.com/forum

Unity Forum
https://forum.unity.com

Unreal Engine Forum
https://forums.unrealengine.com

Wick Editor Fora
https://forum.wickeditor.com

YTtalk Film & Animation Forum
https://yttalk.com/forums/film-and-animation.54


Animation Organizations (UK+)

Animation Alliance UK
https://www.animationallianceuk.org

Animation UK
https://www.animationuk.org/about

Animation X UK
https://www.illustrationx.com/uk/animation

Animation & VFX Union, UK
https://www.animvfxunion.com

Cinesite
https://www.cinesite.com

Film London List of Animation Companies
https://filmlondon.org.uk/resource/animation-companies

Young Animator of the Year UK
https://younganimator.uk


Books

Animation

BISHOP, Randy et al:
Fundamentals of Character Design
(3D Total Publishing, 2020)

BLAIR, Preston:
Cartoon Animation
(Walter Foster Publishing, 2020)

DEROCHIE, Chris:
Advancing Your Animation Beyond the Basics
(Cobblestone Media, 2019)

FOX, Tom:
Anatomy for Artists
(3D Total Publishing, 2022)

GILBERT, Wayne:
Simplified Drawing for Planning Animation
(Anamie Entertainment Ltd, 2014)

KATATIKARN, Jasmine:
Lighting for Animation: The Art of Visual Storytelling
(Routledge, 2016)

LAKE, Matthew:
Technical Animation in Video Games
(CRC Press, 2023)

LEVY, David:
Your Career in Animation
(Allworth, 2021)

MATEU-MESTRE, Marcos:
Framed Perspective (Vols 1 & 2)
(Design Studio Press, 2016)

MITCHELL, Ben:
Independent Animation: Developing, Producing and Distributing Your Animated Films
(CRC Press, 2023)
Visit Ben’s website

PARR, Peter:
Sketching for Animation
(Bloomsbury, 2018)

WEBSTER, Chris:
Animation: The Mechanics of Motion
(Focal Pres, 2005)

WHITE, Tony:
Animation Masterclasses
(CRC Press, 2022)

WILLIAMS, Richard:
The Animator’s Survival Kit
(Faber & Faber, 2023)

WRIGHT, Jean Ann:
Animation Writing & Development: From Script Development to Pitch
(Routledge, 2013)

Stop-motion

PETTIGREW, Neil:
The Stop-motion Filmography: A Critical Guide to 297 Features Using Puppet Animation
(McFarland & Co., 2007)

PRIEBE, Ken:
The Advanced Art of Stop-Motion Animation
(Cengage Learning, 1980)

PURVES, Barry:
Stop-motion Animation: Frame-by-frame Film-making with Puppets & Models
(Bloomsbury, 2019)

SHAW, Suzannah:
Stop Motion: Craft Skills for Model Animation
(Routledge, 2017)

WALSH, Christopher:
Stop-Motion Filmmaking
(Bloomsbury, 2019)

Computer Animation

BLAIN, John:
The Complete Guide to Blender Graphics: Computer Modeling & Animation
(A. K. Peters, 2022)

BRINKMANN, Ron:
The Art & Science of Digital Compositing: Techniques for Visual Effects, Animation & Motion Graphics
(Morgan Kaufmann, 2008)

KERLOW, Isaac:
The Art of 3D Computer Animation
(Wiley, 2009)

MENACHE, Alberto:
Understanding Motion Capture for Computer Animation
(Morgan Kaufmann, 2011)

PARENT, Rick:
Computer Animation: Algorithms & Techniques
(Morgan Kaufmann, 2012)

PEARSON, Stephen:
Learn Blender Simulations the Right Way
(Packt Publishing, 2022)

VENTER, Henk & OGTEROP, Wilhelm:
Unreal Engine 5 Character Creation, Animation and Cinematics
(Packt Publishing, 2022)