Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Process - Why does it take so long to make an animated movie?

One of the biggest challenges in making an animated movie is putting together a production pipeline. The biggest of the studios struggle to get this piece right and which has been a point of failure for many projects in India in the past. As much of each of this depends on the skill of the people who are leading each of these departments. While in the West, the level of specialisation and skill are more mature, Indian animation industry is getting there. While we are not sure if we have cracked it yet, here is the process that we have put in place. Sharing the process we follow at Punyatkoti for a limited 2D animation (flash based) so that it is useful for the rest of you who are contemplating doing something similar.

  1. Script
  2. Screenplay
  3. Shot breakdown
  4. Thumbnail
  5. Storyboard
  6. Animatics - Line up
  7. Moving and timed animatics
  8. BG Layout
  9. Character Layout
  10. Painting
  11. Sketching
  12. Tracing
  13. Cleanup
  14. Rigging
  15. Pre-staging
  16. Staging
  17. Animation - Action
  18. Animation - Expression
  19. Animation - Walk and Run Cycles
  20. Animation - Lip
  21. Quality check and fixes
  22. Line-up
  23. Editing
  24. Compositing
  25. Colouring
  26. Effects - Ambience
  27. Visual Effects
  28. Dubbing
  29. Scratch music
  30. Sound - Ambience
  31. Sound - Mixing
  32. Rendering

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