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Best Online Resources for Animation

November 6, 2012 IADT Seattle, IADT General, Video and Animation Production 0 Comments

Digital Media ProductionWhether you’re trying to break into animation or you’re looking for new techniques and ideas to spice up your current animation skills, where do you turn? Even on the Internet, where you can find just about anything you’d ever want to learn, it can be hard to hone in on the most useful and credible animation resources. Here, we’ve compiled your go-to list of the best online resources for animation.

The History of Animation

Want to learn more about the history of animation? You’re in luck! The Internet has hundreds of websites you can turn to if you want to learn more about this. Here are just a few of the best resources:

  • Animation History by Digital Media FX This resource gives you everything you need to know about animation starting in 1911 and continuing through present day. This website features a number of familiar and not-so-familiar examples, as well.
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios History One of the most recognizable leaders in animation is Disney. The Walt Disney Studios have been paving the way in animation since 1937, and this website offers a timeline of all of their animated masterpieces from 1937 to the present.

Animation Techniques

If you’re a veteran animator or you’re just starting out, knowing the most popular animation techniques is important. With this list of resources, you can stay on top of the latest trends in animation techniques and also make sure you know the basics of animation.

  • Thinking Animation This is a great resource for learning more about stop motion, computer-generated animation, and much more. The bloggers are all intimately involved in animation themselves, so it’s the perfect resource if you want to learn from the experts.
  • Animation Blogspot This is a free blogging community for all things animation. From the art of animation to industry-related news, you can find just about anything animation-related here.
  • Animation Insider If you want to stay up-to-date on the latest animation news, this is where you should turn. Animation Insider also provides reviews of various animation features and has an active community forum where you can join conversations and start new ones.
  • Animated Writing Written by cartoon author Nora Lumiere, this blog covers a variety of animation topics that any novice or experienced animator will be interested in.

These resources are just a sampling of the many animation resources available on the Internet. Want to learn more about animation and its applications? Look into a digital media production degree program near you.


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