Whether you want to gain more exposure for your creativity, or just entertain others, creating an anime series is the ideal option. Many individuals believe that expensive and complex software is required to fulfil this task; however, this is no longer the case. Free methods are available to accomplish this task and reduce the overall amount of learning. Using the right information will save money while saving frustration.
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Things you need
- Audio software
Brainstorm an interesting story. Write down all the ideas you have on paper. Pick the top three, and develop a timeline for each. Select the story with the highest episode potential.
Develop episodes. Separate the created timeline in half, and brainstorm episodes for the first portion. Think of 10 to 20 episodes to begin, and continue brainstorming episodes on a weekly basis.
Write the script for the first episode. Include character names, how he or she might sound, ambient sounds and audio transitions.
Select an online animator. Visit Go Animate, click "Sign Up," and enter your details. Go Animate will send you an e-mail at the address you signed up with, in which you will have to click a link to verify your account. Go Animate is the simplest way to create an animation, and as such, it should be the only editor you use.
Create your story characters. Enter the web-based animator, and click "Characters." Use the drag and drop editor to develop the character. You can also opt for predefined characters provided by the editor.
Construct the background. Use an image editor such as Pain.Net to construct the background image, or select one from the editor. Insert items and furniture from the "Items" library.
Add characters. Insert the previously made characters by dragging them from the "Characters" library. Include only those characters whom are required in the scene.
Animate the characters. Click "Actions" and select the type of animation you want the character to perform. Fulfil this for each scene in the script. Make each animation three seconds long, until audio is added.
Record your voice. Read the created dialogue in the script into a microphone. To achieve best results, use a microphone that omits background noises.
Edit the recordings. Use an audio editing program to do this, such as Audacity. Edit the pitch and speed until the audio is ideal for the character.
Insert the audio. Return to the web-based animator and select the "Audio" library. Click "Upload," select the voice file you just edited, and click "Insert." Repeat this for each sound file you have.
Arrange the dialogue. Sort the audio files to match up with the specific scene they are meant for.
Adjust the animation placements. Match the images and character animations with the inserted audio. Leave a half-second pause between each sound file.
Watch the animation. Review it in an unbiased manner, and list anything that needs to be fixed. Common errors include incorrect syncing, poor audio and bad animations.
Create a title. The animation title needs to be interesting, appealing and unique. Ensure it covers the main topic of the episode.
Tips and warnings
- Keep each animation episode to three to five minutes in length. This will ensure the viewer watches the entire episode without losing interest.
- Create a new episode each week, and upload the new episode to YouTube or another video website on a specific day of the week. Each Friday is a great way to start.
- While uploading to YouTube is effective, having the episodes neatly presented on your own website enhances your professionalism.
- Avoid hurtful comments or comedy. While it is fine to poke fun at certain things in moderation, it is a poor choice to make fun of a specific race or religion.
- The episodes must be entertaining in some way, shape or form. Before creating any animations, think about what you would consider entertaining. Ask a friend or family member for input, and get this person to watch the finished animation for a second opinion.
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