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Homemade Special Effects

Today, we’re hoping to inspire a little animated fun! We’re using a neat animation method called ‘pixilation’, in which humans are used as stop-motion puppets, to get from Point A to Point B. So grab your tablet or your smart phone or your camera, and come make human stop-motion with us!

Why walk there when you could slide there? Just like in stop-motion animation, the puppet moves just a bit for every photo that’s taken. So: Step to your left, Photo, Repeat!

Here’s the oldest trick in the ‘Special Effects’ book! In George Méliès’ ‘A Trip to the Moon’ from 1902, he infamously turn the camera off, had the subject leave the screen, and turned the camera back on to continue the shot, thus creating cinema’s first disappearing act! So, remember that film is just a series of photographs, and that you, too, can teleport!

Fly there! This one also counts as a daily work out. Just like we did in the slide, except with a jump! And a very well timed cameraperson… So: Step to your left, Jump, Photo, Repeat! You’ll notice we did a few jumping photos in place at the beginning and end to really make the puppet look like she can fly.

Have fun with it! What do you have in your home that you can play with and add to the animation?

Our favorite part about animation is that truly everything is possible! So whatever kooky idea you have, you can make happen with just a little planning and the right tools. 

For more details on how we made these animations, be sure to watch Animation basics: Homemade special effects - TED-Ed


Okay so I roughly translated this really quickly, I hope it’s sufficient for most of you, if you want to use it let me know and give credit. Thank you!!

“Zagtoon and Method Animation Present” MIRACULOUS - A day in Paris Repetition

*Looking at pictures of Adrien*

Tikki: It’s a great photo, don’t you think Marinette?? 

Marinette: AHAHAHAH HE’S REALLY PRETTY TIKKI Adrien is perfect ! He’s too perfect and handsome that’s why I can never talk to him :( 

Tikki: Oh I have an idea! We can practice together if you want!

Marinette: Really??? You’re really cute Tikki (literal translation, she probably meant Tikki is great) It’s a great idea! Okay, let’s do it!! 

Tikki: Ready….. Repeat after me: Hi Adrien! What’s new? I was wondering, do you want to go to the cinema with me tomorrow? 

Marinette: Hi Adrien! What’s new? I was wondering, do you want to go to the cinema with me tomorrow? 

Tikki: Congratulations, Marinette! 

Marinette: YES!!! Thank you, my Tikki! I think I’m ready-

Tikki: NoNONONO not yet!! We’ll start again, okay? But this time, I’ll play Adrien’s role!

*Marinette blushes after seeing the photo on her phone of Adrien* 

Tikki: OKAY! COME ON! You can do it! -wink- (Tikki as Adrien) Hi, Marinette! 

Marinette: uhhh…hi…Adrien! uh…wh…what’s new??? and I uhh… I like ah no I ask and if….uh…uh 

(Tikki comes behind the phone and says:) Try: Do you want to come to the cinema with me tomorrow? 

Marinette: do you like to HALLUCINATE WITH ME TOMOROW ughhhhh 

Tikki: It’s not that bad, Marinette! You’ve almost got it! 

Marinette: I GIVE UP TIKKI!! We’ll never be able to go to the cinema together….

Tikki: No, that’s not true!! Stop practising for today, and we can restart again tomorrow! 

Marinette: Yes, we can do that! 

Sabine: Marinette, can I come in? 

Marinette: Yes yes! 

Sabine: Who are you talking to, my dear? 

Marinette: uhh..ummm…Alya! Yeah yeah that!! Marinette: I was having a call with Alya! 


Alya: smirking really?? Strange, I don’t remember that call! (laughsI think you were talking to a picture of Adrien!! I’m right, aren’t I, Marinette? Marinette: AHAHAHAHA ah well…ah yeah, you’ve won!! (this means like, you’ve got me!) 

*Marinette giggles and Tikki winks*

"Ladybug" Miraculous Ladybug PV Song
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Voilà! The song from the Miraculous Ladybug PV! I have no idea whether someone posted this before or not.


Tell me now, pretty baby
You could never stop unaware
Too gone, for don’t you get it now?
Do you know that I’m feeling down?

Every love went through your head
Giving love turned bad
Maybe love can soothe your pains
Making up, make it better

Up Ladybug, never doubt, ‘til we find one way, forever
Up Ladybug, got a goal, we’ll be fine some day, together

Did you know it couldn’t be enough?
‘Cause I need what’s stolen away
Taking all that to a better love
When you need it all the way

When you’re going through your head
Giving love turned bad
And a love can steal your pains
Making up, make it better

Up Ladybug, never doubt, ‘til we find one way, forever
Up Ladybug, got a goal, we’ll be fine some day, together
Up Ladybug, never doubt, ‘til we find one way, forever
Up Ladybug, got a goal, we’ll be fine some day, together

See the PV!

Upcoming animated short film

A short film I’ve been working on, Johanne, is nearing completion. If you like cartoons, pseudohistorical settings, or faint glimpses of an exceptionally large cat, go follow the project’s new blog @johanne-animation!

I can’t tell you much about the film yet (spoilers!) but the blog’ll be updating a couple times per week with stuff like concept art, promo sketches, and backgrounds. So if you’re interested in the sort of work I do professionally, check that out.

However, if you’d prefer your Johanne updates written by someone thoroughly confused by Twitter, go watch me take over our studio’s account at DragonbeeStudio.


Mini Photoshop Tutorial - Removing moving details/objects

You know how you sometimes want to use a background from a film, but there always seems to be stuff moving in the way (snow, rain, characters, birds, etc), and getting rid of all the details individually would take forever? What if I told you there is a way to remove all those things in just mere seconds?

Start with gathering multiply versions of your shot! I took 9 different screen caps of this scene in “The Hunchback Of Notre Dame”, making sure that all parts of the statue were visible at some point.

Then you go: File > Script > Median > Browse… (select all files here) > OK 

And then Photoshop does the job for you; removing anything that does not stay constant and leaves the rest as it is. The most important thing in order for this to work smoothly is that the background stays still, while everything else is moving. 

((OBS: I may be suggesting this method to fellow animation editors, but this method is useful in all kinds of situations. It works perfectly when you want to remove people/cars/etc from regular photographs too.))

OTHER TUTORIALS: 12 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6



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‘standalone’ pixel art (as in, pixel art that isn’t for games or animation) usually isnt my thing. i think it defeats the purpose

like, pixel art is a medium that’s used for exactly 3 reasons: nostalgia, as a stylistic shorthand to denote that a game should not be taken seriously and should be enjoyed as a video game-ass video game or as a method of simplifying animation and speeding up asset creation times

its a necessary evil sometimes especially for games with xty bit aesthetics with large menus or character portraits (where its sensible and even professional looking, but still a little doofy) though, so it does have its place

admittedly, i just have beef


Miraculous Ladybug Trailer

A French-Japanese-Korean animated television series set to release in September 2015. The series has no known US release date, but lets hope it does come to America.


Set in Modern-day Paris, the series focuses on a teen high school girl named Marinette Cheng, who is able to transform into the superhero, Ladybug.

Marinette and Adrien are two high school kids with a difference: they are the chosen ones to save Paris from evil! They have been entrusted with an important mission – to capture akumas, creatures responsible for turning normal people into super-baddies. When involved in such adventures, these two school kids become superheroes: Marinette transforms into Ladybug and Adrien becomes Cat Noir. But Ladybug and Cat Noir do not know each other’s true identity. Marinette is unaware that, beneath the Cat Noir costume nestles Adrien, her secret crush. Similarly, Adrien doesn’t know that Ladybug is, in actual fact, just Marinette - one of the girls in his class.