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How Animatic Is Used in Film and Animation

Turn your storyboard into a movie

You may have heard the term before animated Or maybe it’s the first time you’ve heard of it. Animatics are pre-production tools used in both film and animation, but are more commonly referred to as animatics in the animation environment. We’ve talked about what a storyboard is before, and moving beyond that lets you know what an animatic is.

A storyboard is thus a series of images laid out to visually represent the direction and visual elements of each scene. Animatics takes these individual frames, puts them in a movie file, and adds audio. They essentially turn storyboards into movies.

The Lion King comparison between the storyboard and the final animation is also an example animation. They took still storyboard images and timed them to film and animate.

Animate the storyboard

So, what are the benefits of converting storyboards to animations? Well, turning it into an animation saves a lot of explanation that has to be done under the storyboard or by someone presenting it. Animatics tell more because they move and have dialogue.

It also gives a much clearer representation of what the finished product will look like. Working in the animation industry often shows work in progress to people unfamiliar with art, so it can be difficult to imagine a finished project from rough work.

Animatics are much closer to the finished product, so it’s easy to visualize how people will come out. Watching the Adventure Time animations, you can imagine what your character would look like in a scene you draw with your sketches. A short leap for imagination.

Advantages of animatics

But the great thing about animatics is that they help you define timing. Viewers in the storyboard can determine the length of each scene based on how long they look at a single frame. If, for some strange reason, you stare at the first frame for 30 minutes, it means that the first scene in your interpretation of the storyboard is 30 minutes.

Animatics allows you to communicate very precisely how long each shot lasts and the timing of the entire piece. You can pinpoint when an action is taking place, when camera movement can occur, or when there is a dialogue related to the action.

Animatics are useful when working with groups.

So when you pass it on to the animator, not only will you know exactly what and how to draw on the storyboard, but you’ll also know exactly how long it will take thanks to the animation. Like storyboards, this is very useful when working in groups rather than alone.

When I’m working on my own, I may not animate because everything is already in my head, but some people do because it helps guide the flow of their work. You should try both methods and see which gel is better!

In summary, an animatic is a storyboard that turns into a film with the addition of important sound effects, music, or dialogue. Animations are timed so that the storyboard represents the last part of the animation, accurately representing how long each shot and action takes.


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How Animatic Is Used in Film and Animation

Turn your storyboard into a movie

Maybe you’ve heard the term animatic before, or maybe you’re hearing it for the very first time right now. An animatic is a pre-production tool used in both film and animation, although it is more commonly referred to as an animatic in the animation setting. We previously talked about what a storyboard is, and one step beyond that brings us to what an animatic is.

So a storyboard is a series of images laid out to show the direction as well as a visual representation of the visuals of each scene. An animatic is taking those individual images and putting them into a movie file and adding audio. You essentially are turning your storyboard into a movie.

The Lion King comparison between the ​storyboard and the final animation is also an example of an animatic. They’ve taken the still storyboard images and timed them out and turned them into a movie, making it into an animatic.

Turning a Storyboard Into an Animatic

So what’s the benefit of taking a storyboard and turning it into an animatic? Well taking turning it into an animatic removes a lot of the explaining that has to be done beneath the storyboard or by someone presenting them. An animatic speaks much more for itself because it moves and has dialogue.

It also is a much clearer representation of what the finished product will look like. As you work in animation you’ll often find yourself showing works in progress to people who are unfamiliar with the arts so they may have a hard time imagining a completed project from rough work.

An animatic is a lot closer to the finished product so it’s easier for people to imagine how it’s going to pan out. When you’re watching the Adventure Time animatic you can imagine what you know the characters to look like in the scenes where they’re drawing in as sketches, it’s a shorter leap for the imagination.
The Advantage of an Animatic

The biggest advantage to an animatic though is it helps define the timing. As a viewer of a storyboard, you can determine how long each scene is by how long you look at a single picture. If we stare at the first picture for a half hour for some weird reason that means that the first shot is a half-hour long in our interpretation of the storyboard.

An animatic allows you to communicate super precisely how long each shot holds for and the timing of the entire piece. You really get across the timing of when an action happens vs when a camera move may happen or when a piece of dialogue happens in relation to the action.

Animatic Is Useful When Working With a Group

So when it gets handed off to an animator they know exactly what to draw and how to draw it from the storyboard, but also exactly how long it should last thanks to the animatic. Like storyboards, they’re very useful when you’re working in a group rather than just by yourself.

When working alone you might not make an animatic for something because you have it all in your head already, but some people do because it helps guide their workflow. You just have to try both ways and see which one gels better with you!

So in summary, an animatic is a storyboard turned into a movie, with key pieces of sound effects, music, or dialogue added to it. The animatic gives an exact representation of how long each shot and action will last by timing out the storyboard to be representational of the final piece of animation.

#Animatic #Film #Animation

How Animatic Is Used in Film and Animation

Turn your storyboard into a movie

Maybe you’ve heard the term animatic before, or maybe you’re hearing it for the very first time right now. An animatic is a pre-production tool used in both film and animation, although it is more commonly referred to as an animatic in the animation setting. We previously talked about what a storyboard is, and one step beyond that brings us to what an animatic is.

So a storyboard is a series of images laid out to show the direction as well as a visual representation of the visuals of each scene. An animatic is taking those individual images and putting them into a movie file and adding audio. You essentially are turning your storyboard into a movie.

The Lion King comparison between the ​storyboard and the final animation is also an example of an animatic. They’ve taken the still storyboard images and timed them out and turned them into a movie, making it into an animatic.

Turning a Storyboard Into an Animatic

So what’s the benefit of taking a storyboard and turning it into an animatic? Well taking turning it into an animatic removes a lot of the explaining that has to be done beneath the storyboard or by someone presenting them. An animatic speaks much more for itself because it moves and has dialogue.

It also is a much clearer representation of what the finished product will look like. As you work in animation you’ll often find yourself showing works in progress to people who are unfamiliar with the arts so they may have a hard time imagining a completed project from rough work.

An animatic is a lot closer to the finished product so it’s easier for people to imagine how it’s going to pan out. When you’re watching the Adventure Time animatic you can imagine what you know the characters to look like in the scenes where they’re drawing in as sketches, it’s a shorter leap for the imagination.
The Advantage of an Animatic

The biggest advantage to an animatic though is it helps define the timing. As a viewer of a storyboard, you can determine how long each scene is by how long you look at a single picture. If we stare at the first picture for a half hour for some weird reason that means that the first shot is a half-hour long in our interpretation of the storyboard.

An animatic allows you to communicate super precisely how long each shot holds for and the timing of the entire piece. You really get across the timing of when an action happens vs when a camera move may happen or when a piece of dialogue happens in relation to the action.

Animatic Is Useful When Working With a Group

So when it gets handed off to an animator they know exactly what to draw and how to draw it from the storyboard, but also exactly how long it should last thanks to the animatic. Like storyboards, they’re very useful when you’re working in a group rather than just by yourself.

When working alone you might not make an animatic for something because you have it all in your head already, but some people do because it helps guide their workflow. You just have to try both ways and see which one gels better with you!

So in summary, an animatic is a storyboard turned into a movie, with key pieces of sound effects, music, or dialogue added to it. The animatic gives an exact representation of how long each shot and action will last by timing out the storyboard to be representational of the final piece of animation.

#Animatic #Film #Animation


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