Take it Easy Animation Challenge on AniZone

TIPS FOR THE TAKE IT EASY ANIMATION CONTEST

Charmaine Cheung

Starting from June 15, the Take It Easy animation challenge  has been opened for entries! The contest encourages you to express what ‘take it easy’ means to you through the form of a short animation video. Prizes such as USD50 Amazon gift cards await you! To help you stand out from the crowd in this challenge, we have some tips to share.

More details about the challenge

Take-it-Easy Animation Challenge , Animation Desk

GATHER INSPIRATIONS

As a start, think about what ‘take it easy’ means to you. Research and look for different inspirations in your daily life. Whether you are taking a walk in the woods or walking to work, collect ideas from your surroundings and they can act as the base of your storyline. Don’t forget to use mind mapping and brainstorming tools like NoteLedge to help you!

GIVE YOUR ANIMATION AN INTERESTING STORY

NoteLedge Notetaking app

Who doesn’t like a good story?  An interesting storyline can definitely win you a lot of points. Maybe it is about something you have experienced personally, or you have a thought-provoking message that you want to convey. By adding some personal touches and emotions into your story, it becomes a lot more powerful and impactful! Be super creative and use your animation as a form of expression!

 

CREATE A STORY FLOW CHART

Try making a simply story flow chart to help you outline the key aspects. Based on these aspects, you can then create your series of key frames, which are the first and last poses of a particular action sequence. After having these key frames as benchmark, you can fill in the rest!

BE BOLD WITH YOUR DRAWING & CREATE STRONG LINE OF ACTION

Exaggeration is what makes animation fun, energetic and dramatic. In animations, you don’t have to stick with being natural and real, so allow your featured characters to be bold! For example, you can play with the Timing and Spacing between frames to create more exaggerated effects.

Learn more about other animation techniques through these tutorials: Squash and Stretch, Inbetweening, Cutout Animation, Stop Motion.

ADD A SHORT DESCRIPTION

As you are submitting your work on AniZone, consider adding a few sentences describing the storyline of your animation. This would help the judges and audience further understand your story!

Share with us how you Take It Easy and don’t miss this chance to showcase your animation skills. The contest’s theme is open to your interpretation, so go wild with your creativity! Submission deadline is on July 6, 2018. Let’s get animating now!

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Charmaine Cheung

As a graduate in languages from the University of Bristol, England, Charmaine is currently working in Hong Kong, specialised in marketing and corporate communications. She has a strong international background, is fluent in English, Chinese and German, and has lived and work in the UK, Germany, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

She has been doing some projects and blogging for Kdan Mobile since 2015.

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