With many animation styles and mediums of animation on offer, it’s often difficult to explain animation as a whole. From 2D to 3D, stop-motion to claymation, animation in a nutshell, is a series of individually created images played rapidly, one after the other, to give a sense of motion. Much like a film camera takes 24 images per second, recording reality, animation is more about creating the things that can't be filmed, only imagined.
In today's fast-paced world, people need more attention-grabbing content for marketing campaigns to be effective. With the access that we have to today's technology, coupled with digital media being today's largest form of visual communication, animation is the next best thing to lift brands and marketing campaigns to that level. Gone are the days of simply using static billboards and posters or newspapers and magazines, digital screens are what get the most visual attention, and using animation to take full advantage of that is the future of effective and successful marketing.
Designing the sets and scenes using the approved storyboard as a guide (2D and 3D).
Designing character/s options for the client to choose from that work with the campaign (2D and 3D).
Building and applying the skeletal control structure needed to animate characters (2D and 3D).
Creating custom realistic materials to be applied to 3D models and characters (3D only).
Setting up the lighting and camera motion is one of the most important parts of the process to get the best cinema-quality feel out of all the work put into production.
A few static test renders are made to ensure that all textures are applied to the correct objects that are performing visually, the lighting is all correctly set up, and the cameras are all focused on the correct area.
The final phase before going into post-production is rendering out the thousands of frames required to make up the final animated sequence. A single frame can take anywhere between 1 to 30 minutes to render, and when a 30-second animation at 30 frames per second consists of 900 frames, it gives an idea of how important it is to have everything in order before going ahead with the final render.
For animations that will go live through different digital channels, different composition sizes and aspect ratios are needed (eg. 1080 x1080 or 1920 x 1080).
Final colour grading of the rendered 3D and/or filmed footage.
Subtle effects such as smoke, blurs, film grain, or overlay effects. These can range from glitches, lower thirds, logo intro, and lens flares to many, many more.
Both music and sound effects are applied at this stage to bring the footage and scenes to life.
Applying the client’s request before rendering the final file. For instance, a file needs to be below a certain file size or a certain file type (mp4, mov, avi etc).
Flume created a 3D animation for us based on Creative Park templates to showcase everything that can be found on the platform to download and print for free as part of a Christmas Campaign. The campaign was successful and we saw a great increase in Creative Park downloads compared to the previous season.
Geraldine Van Schalkwyk
Marketing Specialist, ITCG Digital Marketing
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