Film Education: Animation

Ya’ll know what animation is. Most people love animated movies , right?

Snow White and The Seven Dwarf (1937)


The first animated feature film by Walt Disney was made in 1937. This film is the pioneer of animated films.

We all love Disney animated films from Fantasia (1940)

To Beauty and The Beast (1991) , the first animated film nominated for Best Picture.

and many other studios that also made animation.

Iron Giant (1999), Warner Bros.  To give an example.

2D animation

What’s Opera Doc (1957)

I love Looney Tunes, I love Bugs, I love this short film. Anyways… this is 2D animation. Some of us love the  old school style where things was in paper , way before 3D computer animation.

I think every major studio have try animation, I think so…

Walt Disney begins as an Independent animated film Industry …

Aladdin (1992)

and later becomes a big major empire with a theme parks, live actions, Tv series, etc.

More examples of 2D animation:

Lion King (1994)

My Neighbor Totoro (1988) 

Anastasia (1997)

Anastasia is a unforgotten gem? Not many still talk about this movie.

Anime ( part of 2D)

Japan have the Studio Ghibli, one of there major studios of animation.

Miyazaki  imagination have create greatest film such as Spirited Away (2001) among many others.

Princess Mononoke (1997)

This movie is badass!

Name your favorite anime not matter what studio is or Tv series.

3D Animation

Toy Story (1995) , Pixar

Pixar was born with the outstanding game changer masterpiece Toy Story , created by John Lasseter.

It’s in another dimension. Other studios started to make the same.

Shrek (2001), Dreamworks

Ice Age (2002) , 20th Century Fox. 

Despicable Me (2010), Universal Pictures

Big Hero 6 (2014), Walt Disney Pictures

You can add video games too in this list somewhere.

The Last of Us (2013)

This video game is masterful. ( Suck it Xbox XD )

Stop Motion Animation

This type of animation is made one frame at the time and it’s really hard.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

One of the most famous and beloved stop motion pictures.

Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

A Must watch!

Anomalisa (2015)

For Adults by the way!

Kubo and The Two Strings (2016)

and more!

So if you want to start doing animation and be like these people:

Walt Disney

Peter Docter, Inside Out. 

Hayao Miyazaki , Spirited Away 

Whoever is your favorite animator.

my recommendation is :

  1. Watch animated films , a lot of them.
  2. Go to youtube and see how they get made.
  3. Go to college ( if you can and want).
  4. Practice your drawing.
  5. Join filmmaker who can help you. They can write the story , screenplay, etc.
  6.  read, there should probably books about how to create animation.

Good Luck!

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Film Education: Visual Effects

You already know what is acting, costume design, editing, film score, screenplays, cinematography ,make up and now I will talk about visual effects. A thing people loves in summer movies.

Some visual effects are practicals


and others are CGI.

Movies have combinations of both some times. Visual Effects is like magic that’s why filmmakers long time ago called Meliés a magician (He was one).

This is a clip from Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, but you can find some original clips from Melies in Youtube.

 Some examples of practical effects in films:

2001 : A Space Odyssey (1968)

The visuals of this film are outstanding and then you realize there is no CGI or computers with the technology we have today in the 60’s, it’s totally mind blowing!!

If you haven’t seen this film yet … go fcking check it out!!

Star Wars Original Trilogy

Probably you were asking as a kid ” Wow! those lightsaber are real?”, ” The Millenium Falcom goes that fast”? We all get into the illusion of the visuals.

People loves these films. The first Star Wars was made with 11 Million , an indie film, Today is worth billions and is a major blockbuster extravaganza. They were game changers!

Look how cool those lightsabers shines.

Inception (2009) and Interstellar (2014)

We are hyped every time Christopher Nolan have a film coming. Well he loves practical effects.

Examples of CGI :

Sometimes it doesn’t work that much but it does’t mean they are bad.

Like the Star Wars prequel , ya’ll know the differences from the originals.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

James cameron is a visionary. Terminator 2 have combinations of practicals with CGI that works perfectly for this action masterpiece .

Jurassic Park (1993)

I Love Jurassic Park, I know you do. This was another mix with robotic and CGI , it’s creepy and visually genius!

Steven Spielberg is a god!

Avatar (2009) and The Jungle Book (2016)

Another James Cameron picture of visual ambitiousness.

Some filmmakers don’t like green/blue screen because you have to imagine things aren’t there. It’s not the same act in front of something even is mechanic like Jaws or a Dinosaur in JP. But sometimes is worth it create a world where probably only CGI and computer can create.

Actually We enjoy all the visuals in films no matter how they are made. Transport us into  worlds only our dream and movies can takes us.

If you want to become one of the people o made visuals possible.

  1. College is always an option
  2. Buy computer programs and start practicing.
  3. You can’t create some practical stuff and help other filmmaker do their films.
  4. Animation? Yes. But I’ll talk about Animation in another post one day.


Believe it or not David Fincher use a lot of CGI and you just probably didn’t noticed.


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