To start a successful animated filmmaking career, it is critical that you have the right techniques and methods in your arsenal. Some of them may seem too advanced for you – however, most of them are important for both beginners and those with experience.
To help us understand these things better, we reached out to Kim Cameron who has been known for being a revered animated filmmaker, actress, singer, and songwriter.
As a filmmaker, Kim worked on the highly acclaimed musical ‘Her Story’ which eventually led her to be an award winner for it by the New York Screenplay and the Amsterdam Film Festival.
One of her notable works include being the Director, Producer, and Screenwriter for a full-length animated feature film called the ‘Seaper Powers In Search of Bleu Jay’s Treasure’. The film has been distributed worldwide and has earned more 30 awards – this includes Best Screenplay, Best Female Director, Best Soundtrack, Best Animated Feature.
By approaching her, we have gathered some valuable methods and techniques that can help you become a better filmmaker and advance within the film industry. They include the following written below.
Utilising an Experienced Cast and Crew
One of the common mistakes that filmmakers end up making is that they use people who do not always have the skills to execute the vision you have of your animated films – especially when you are going for a certain style or vibe that can only be delivered to the audience through the help of skilled people working with you.
If the people you are working with do not know how to properly animate or the best ways to go about the filmmaking process based on what you want, then they won’t be able to deliver the right vision of your story. When hiring a crew, make sure you see and hear the examples of their work and if it aligns with your vision, then you will know just the right people to hire.
Creating Production Design
The way an animated film looks can go a long way in how it will sell in the industry. Every aspect of it goes into creating a complementary design.
The colours that you choose and the styles you showcase can provide information about the story and all the characters in it. A common filmmaking technique for production design is that you should have a look book, filled with images and drawings of the look and feel for every scene. This book is then shared with the rest of the crew so that everyone has a better understanding of the director’s vision.
Animating The Story
Whether you are well established in your career or if you are just starting out your career as an animated filmmaker, one of the common mistakes you will make is that you will get hung up on the cinematic and cinematography techniques – which ends up leading one to neglect a lot of their attention on the story and characters.
Hence, you should provide your crew with the storyboards which will serve as a blueprint to help them understand the visuals of the story while you take care of the work related to the characters and the story that revolves around their world.