Our 3D Animation Production Process
All animation services begin with the first step of conceptualization of diverse ideas and the storyboard creation which will translate the ideas into a visual stature. In a nutshell, storyboard is a series of illustrations created to demonstrate the story in two diverse dimensions. The first of it is time; what happens first, what follows next and the conclusion. The second dimension is the interactions; how a story or the voiceover interacts with the imageries, how visual effects and transitions facilitate to blend two images together, and how the music, soundtracks and the voiceovers interact with each other. During the process of animation, any number of elements can interact with each other and the storyboard is the place where you can schedule and plan the impact you are intending to create for the audience.
2. 3D Modeling
Modelling is a process by which a shape is taken and drafted into a comprehensive 3D mesh. The most simple and generally used method to create a 3D model is to take any simple object called primitive and grow it or extend the same into any form that can be detailed and refined. Primitives can take any form; it can be single point vertex, a 2-dimensional line an edge, a curve spline or even a 3D object polygons or faces. Leveraging the capabilities of the 3D program that you use, each of these primitives can be effectively manipulated and managed to create any object the modeler wishes. In the grand scheme of 3D animation services, most of the 3D animation service providers tend to leverage the most effective and efficient method while doing this.
Once a 3D model has been created, in order to add textures, designs and colors, two-dimensional imageries can be effectively overlaid onto it. This process is called mapping and most of the model's color schemes come from this process. By the help of creative suits like Photoshop, these maps can easily be created and the illusions of the textures can be easily brushed onto the models as if you were painting it yourself. Some of the animation design services providers even utilize various real photographs of the textures they are intending to develop. This becomes extremely handy when multiple renderings of similar objects such as hair strand are required.
Being the last phase before the process of character animation can be started, this is where the character is setup to walk and talk. This process is the foundation upon which various movement patterns of a character are brought to life. In rigging, a controllable skeleton as per the requirements of the character has been set up. Depending upon the character and setting it interacts with, each rig is exclusive as well as its control sets. Scanning is the process where the rig skeleton is attached to the 3D model so that it can be effectively manipulated by using the control on the rig.
The process making a 3D object move is called animation and it comes in different forms and flavors. Some of the 3D animation studio provides character animation services to make use of key frame animation process where the objects are manipulated to move by frame by frame. There are other methods for animations that include keeping various objects on splines, manipulating them to pursue a curve or making use of the motion-capture data from an external source and applying it to the rigged character. There are also other capabilities built-in in various 3D applications that can also help in carrying out various CGI animation services.
One of the most important phases of animation is lighting which has the potential to make a scene lifelike. If lighting is utilized without care, it can render a scene washed out, make the objects look flat or hard and spoil all the hard work. However if carefully utilized, lighting has the potential to render any scene stunning, convincing and exceptionally lifelike to make it markedly identical to real life. When it comes to 3D light does not exist as it does in the real world. In 3D, lights are unique objects that are effectively created to emulate the sense and feel of lighting as it works in the real life. You need to apply a lot of settings and material alterations to get the results you are looking for.
7. Camera Setting
In any 3D animation services camera plays an important role as an exceptionally effective tool. When creating a 3D animation, physical limitations do not exist. Camera angles can be used to make a wide range of perspectives that are impossible to replicate in the real world. In 3D, you can effectively zoom-in and zoom-out and find the angle as much as you like to ensure that you get the resource you are looking for. Unlike a real life camera, lenses, aperture and focus-controls are not required at all in 3D as all of these are controlled by software. However the similarity lies how the cameras are utilized. It might also be understood that software cameras do not have any limitation on its size and weight as such it helps you to move and take a camera to a location that you wish.
In the grand scheme of 3D animation movies services, rendering an image is the typical ending of the entire process but it is not the last step in the production pipeline. While most newbie animation design services providers may overlook the process of rendering, it is important to understand that there are so much more to rendering than meets the eye. Much attention to details has to go to all aspects of the process to ensure that a scene is rendered convincing to the audience. Angle management of camera placement, shadows and moods, transparency and reflections, lighting choices and a range of special effects can also decide the quality of rendering. As such, it needs exceptional care and proficiency to carry out efficiently.
9. Special VFX
Here, compositing programs are utilized to touch-up, edit and add special effects on the final render. It involves adding a range of special effects such as explosions, evaporation and morphing along with a range of others. It is also in compositing that diverse environments and settings are extended digitally and the world building is completed as needed. It is also the process where green/blue screens are replaced with digitally created content to create the intended Illusion to convince the audience.
10. Music and Foley
In order to augment the mood and emotional depth of the scenes, a music composer is hired to create various soundtracks and background music for the entire animation. On the other hand, a foley artist capable of recreating various sound effects that will be used in the film radio and television production is hired, as well. This is a person who utilizes various props to recreate a wide variety of sounds that one may encounter in real life in a street, school or any other setting that is in the film.
11. Video Editing
This is the final stage before the film can be demonstrated to the audience. At this stage, various compositing renders, backgrounds, music and foley sound effects are combined and edited together to create a synchronized and unique vision of the director. Once required quality is attained, the compiled product will be exported into a video format which is suitable for broadcasting.