Animation Article Database


(January 14, 2014)

A great collection of advice and encouragement for animation students, written by professional animators at top studios. I encourage everyone to check this site out!


The Animator Letters Project
 


Please let me know in the comments if there are any dead or incorrect links. Thanks! I tried to give 
credit to the authors of each articles, but if I got something wrong please let me know.


A couple notes: I don't include an article more than once. A lot of times, an article can fit into several
categories, but I try to narrow it down to one if I can. I don't see a point in making a list like this if I don't
narrow and specify the articles categories as much as I can. 
So, for example, if you're looking for articles on "Weight", be sure to check out the articles categorized 
under "overlap/follow-through," "squash and stretch," "physicality," ect. There are a lot of related categories, 
so don't just look under one!




ACTING




ARCS


BLOCKING





DEMO REEL


DESIGN


DIALOGUE & THE MOUTH


DIRECTING


DISTORTION



EDUCATION



Kelly, Shawn. "How Important Is an Art Background for an Animator Who Is Starting Out?" September 2, 2008.

Animation Mentor Staff. "Do Animator Enthusiasts Need to Attend Animation School?" March 2, 2009.

Roy, Kenny. "Students of Animation Need to Start Working Smarter, Not Harder." May 26, 2009.  

Chua, Chris. "Tips on Becoming a Better Animator." June 17, 2009.

Navone, Victor. "What Separates the Good Animator from the Bad Animator?" August 24, 2009.   


Kelly, Shawn. "Do You Need a Formal Education to Get Work as an Animator?" November 5, 2009.

Russell, Matthew. "How Important Is an Art Background for an Animator Who Is Starting Out?" December 28, 2009.

Hartline, Aaron. "Are There Any Daily Practice Techniques That You Can Recommend to an Animator to Keep Your Animation Skills Sharp?" January 25, 2010. 


Hartline, Aaron. "Do You Need to Have a Drawing Background to Be a 3D Animator?" February 1, 2010.

Kelly, Shawn. "I'm at the Student Level. How Many Hours Should I Practice? How Many Hours Do I Need to Work at a Professional Level in the US?" April 6, 2010. 

Tohill, Travis. "What Separates the Good Animator from the Bad Animator?" June 23, 2010.

Haas, Jean-Denis. "Is It Important to Have a Background in Art to Be a Good Animator?" August 30, 2011.  

Casaway, Mike. "How Important Was Schooling For You In Your Animation Career?" November 1, 2011.

Mandia, Joe. "What Type of Training Did You Receive in Animation?" November 29, 2011.  

Roy, Kenny. "What Hobbies Improve My Animation?" February 2011.


EMOTION


ENTERTAINMENT


EYES



FEAR



GESTURES & BODY LANGUAGE


HANDS


INVERSE & FORWARD KINEMATICS




JOB INTERVIEWS


JOBS/INTERNSHIPS
Fielding, Cameron. “You’re Going to Hollywood!” September 11, 2010.

Kelly, Shawn. "When Do You Know If You Are Ready to Apply to Movie Studios?" August 6, 2008.

Kelly, Shawn. "When Looking for an Animator Job, What is the Best Way to Approach a Company?" May 6, 2009.  

Kelly, Shawn. "Do You Have Any Tips for Animators Who Live Outside of the United States on How to Get a Job in the States?" June 5, 2009.

Williams, Chris. "What Would Be Your Advice to a Graduating Student as They Begin Their Career as an Animator?" August 13, 2009.  

Chase, Ray. "What Should a Young Artist Do to Prepare for the Professional Animation Industry?" October 19, 2009.


Kelly, Shawn. "Animation Is a Never-ending Process, but What Are a Few Things Animators Are Expected to Know?" February 4, 2010.


Rabbit, Raquel. "How Important Is It To Get An Internship As A Beginning Animator?" March 16, 2010.

Pullyblank, Mark. "How did you get your first job at a studio? Do you have any tips on what to do?" May 7, 2010.

Boadway, Dana. "What is your advice to a graduating student as they begin their career as an animator?" August 11, 2010. 

Morris, Jess. "What is Your Advice to a Graduating Student as They Begin Their Career as an Animator?" November 9, 2010.

Gilman, Aaron. "How Important is Networking in the Animation Industry?" November 16, 2010.  


Morris, Jess. "Is it Tough to Find Your First Job? Do You Have Any Tips for Finding That First Gig?" February 22, 2011.

Tohill, Travis. "What is Your Advice to a Graduating Student as They Begin Their Career as an Animator?" May 17, 2011.

Fournier, Rich. "The Importance of Time Management." January 9, 2012.  

Haas, Jean-Denis. "How Important Are Social Skills in an Animation Career?" November 22, 2011. 

Martinsen, Jason. "What Skill Sets are Needed for the Different Levels of Animation Positions?" November 15, 2011. 

Riley, Josh. "When Looking for an Animation Job, What is the Best Way to Approach a Company?" November 8, 2011.

Roy, Kenny. "Internships: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly." January 2012. 


LINE OF ACTION



MOTIVATION


MOVING HOLDS



OBSERVATION


OVERLAP/FOLLOW-THROUGH








PHYSICALITY



PLANNING


POLISH


POSING

PRINCIPLES OF ANIMATION


PRODUCTION, ANIMATION


REFERENCE



SECONDARY ACTION



SPACING





STAGING/COMPOSITION/LAYOUT


Kricfalusi, John. "Disney Principles 6 - Staging -1 - Clarity." December 17, 2008j.

Kricfalusi, John. "Disney Principles 6a - Staging 2 - examples to compare and contrast." December 28, 2008.  

Kricfalusi, John. "Disney Principles 6b - Staging 2 - For Mood." January 1, 2009.

Kricfalusi, John. "Disney Principles 6c - Staging 3 - Make your poses read well." January 1, 2009.


Baena, Carlos. "Status/Personal Space." 

Iten, Oswald. "Scorsese vs. Hitchcock: Camera as Character." July 1, 2011.

Iten, Oswald. "Bear Fight in the Snow." April 23, 2011. 

Kricfalusi, John. "Staging 4 - one action at a time." January 2, 2009. 

Kricfalusi, John. "How to tell if your staging and composition is clear." December 31, 2008.

Deja, Andreas. "Disney Staging." August 15, 2011. 



TEXTURE



TIMING


TWINNING


WALK CYCLES


WEIGHT

WORKFLOW






Nguyen, Mike. "Unfolding forward including inbetweens-" May 20, 2010.

Barrett, Justin. "Animation Stages: Puss in Boots." 

Phan, TJ. "THE DOPE SHEET: How I Work." March 8, 2008.

Gardner, Jacob. "March 11sec Part 4/4." May 21, 2008.

Haas, Jean-Denis. "My Animation Workflow." November 15, 2007.

Kelly, Shawn. "What Kind of Workflow Do You Use?" June 18, 2008.  

Kelly, Shawn. "Reader's Questions: How Much Time Do You Spend on Each of the Workflow Steps." July 2, 2008.

Kelly, Shawn. "Tips on Speeding Up Animation Workflow and Animating Faster." September 18, 2008.

Williams, Chris. "Describe Your Workflow When You Start Animating a Shot. Is There a Right or Wrong Way?" August 19, 2009.  

Chase, Ray. "Is It Better to Animate Pose to Pose or Straight Ahead?" October 13, 2009.

Kelly, Shawn. "What Is "Layered" Animation and How Does It Work? Is It Good / Better for Human Characters?" November 12, 2009.  


Kelly, Shawn. "Have You Ever Tried the Layered Approach with Something Where the Foot Placement Is a Little Less Flexible?" January 12, 2010.


Russell, Matthew. "Do You Use the Same Workflow for Scenes that Are more Acting Focused vs. Scenes that Are more Action Oriented?" January 6, 2010.

Kelly, Shawn. "How and When Do You Clean Up Animation?" June 8, 2010.

Boadway, Dana. "Do You Have Any Ideas on How to Increase Productivity and Speed up Workflow?" June 29, 2010. 


Tohill, Travis. "Describe Your Workflow When You Start Animating a Shot. Is There a Right or Wrong Way?" August 18, 2010.

Rabbit, Raquel. "Can You Tell Us About Your Animation Checklist?" October 5, 2010.

Stern, Mike. "Can You Tell Us About Your Animation Checklist?" December 14, 2010.  

Gilman, Aaron. "Describe your Workflow when you start animating a shot. Is there a right or wrong way?" January 25, 2011.

Brown, Nelson. "What Kind of Workflow Do You Use?" April 19, 2011.  

Nguyen, Mike. "My Little WORLD Animation Workflow-" August 18, 2011. 

Levasseur, Jim. "Workflow."

Roy, Kenny. "Is There Ever A Time to Sacrifice Workflow?" March 2011. 


WRITING

7 comments:

  1. WTF?? that's crazy man! thanks a lot for this great post.

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  2. Really great site. Thanks for putting all these links together.

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  3. Hey just thought I'd let you know.. in Breathing, the first link is broken.

    http://brendanbody.blogspot.in/2009/11/acting-breathing-and-al-pacino.html

    this is the right link.

    Awesome stuff you got here. I find myself visiting your site almost everyday!! :)

    Thanks a ton.

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  4. awesome database Jonah! really helpful! thanks a lot!

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  5. It's amazing what you've put together sir!! Thank you!

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