Animation Award

How can you start working on an animation award and what method did you use to learn and work on this award?

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The first thing is to start early. Nothing specific has been announced yet, but you can make some assumptions. Safety Animation is usually due late November and will be 40s in length. It will obviously be about safety, but there could be a specific theme so you can probably plan something out with the knowledge that some modifications may be needed. Digital Animation is usually due early January and while they will not announce the theme for months we can be fairly confident that it will be ‘Reefscape’.

If you have not done animation before, I would highly recommend that you do the safety animation before the digital animation to get some practice. They are much more lenient on the animation quality there so it is a good place to start and get your methods down.

Do you know what medium you want to use yet? If you do, try making some small projects and see what works and how you can optimize your workflow. See if you can find guides on how to do things. There is also likely to be video editing required to make the full submission so this is a good time to practice that.

Start building your asset library. Weather or not you will be making the things that appear in your animations yourself, try to accumulate a library of assets that you can use. It will save you time later.

If you plan on using Blender, you can save yourself a lot of time at the end by using a render farm like Sheepit. The way this works is that you render for other people to build credits and then use those credits to get other people to render for you. Rendering naturally has to be one of the last things you do and this can save a lot of time at the end.

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Do they allow stop motion for digital/safety animation award?

Stop motion is allowed for both. The biggest thing really is that nothing is live action.

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@Moatazazaiza Regarding what you asked in your second thread, one way to start learning blender is to follow a tutorial. This one is often recommended. This video covers some basic animation and you can also search for more specific things too.

But starting out, know your keyboard shortcuts, understand the different modes and see how your computer runs.

Also, when you render, render as an image sequence, not directly to video files. This way, if blender crashes you do not lose everything.

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