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    Howls Moving Castle

    Im pretty sure most of you have seen this movie. If not atleast heard about? How do you think they managed to illustrate that moving beast while keeping all the colors constant. i think I want to be a Animator wehn I growup but I'll probably go to the field of CGI Animation because it seems more open and future safe. Thanks
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    heya

    I've worked in 2d animation for a few years. here's what you want to know.
    They move the object on different layers, kinda like flash animation. Watch Nausicaa/ valley of the wind. they use the same technique to animate the Ohms. I've only seen the trailer of HMC so it may be CGI, I'm just guessing.

    Going into CGI is not safer. When I was studying all the CGI guys were telling us 2D classical guys that we were old news, truth is there are so many CG animators out there that it is hard to get a good job. Plus many places would rather employ a 2d animator and teach them 3d, as they did with TOY STORY and DINOSAURS.

    2 years on and half my 2d class
    is employed by Disney Australia and a few more by a local studio. Only one person from the CGI class has a job now.

    Even if you are going to do CGI, do a couple years in 2d first, your work will be better by far, CGI clouds the mind with all the techincal
    things while 2d lets you concentrate on flow and drag, squash and stretch, overlapping, and mass consistancy.
    After your animation skills are solid then you move on to the CGI stuff.

    hope this clears things up.
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    onionface has it right. A lot of 3D animators come out of school with too much technicity in their curriculum. If they are somewhat gifted and push reaaally hard they have a better chance at starting as a junior technical animator. Personally, I'm always on the lookout for animators. The sad thing about it is that since 3D animators spend more time on technical stuff rather than animation theory, they lack practice and, what I consider, basic animation knowledge. I'd rather hire someone that does a good (animation theory and creative wise) stop motion with construction paper than a so-so 3D demo with caustic lights, volumetric lights, demon-like creatures and shit.

    Back on topic ! I saw Howl's castle last friday and was wondering the same with the opening sequence of the castle. I can't say a 100% how it was made, especially these scales looking things where the legs and the body of the castle meet. I'd be very curious to know. Because if this was animated single frame in the traditional sense... Some poor animator must be squished on the pavement by now. I think it's a mix of individual scales animated, repeated, tweaked, offsetted, composited and maybe some CGI in there. Anyone else ?
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    Most of Hayao Miyazakis stuff just amazes me Studio Ghibli must work 6 days a week 12 hour shift atleast art wise/music wise. I heard this movie was going to be relased but it was scrapped and Miyazaki redid it because they hired anew animator and it wasnt ghibli quality.

    I got some books ordered at the library for animation? Any good books to get me startd, im only 15 I got a ways to go. Im scared to draw nude models just because my age i dont like feeling looked down upon in real life, and i dont think y parents would go for it Though theres this place where they do the nude models every monday pretty close to my house.
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    Sneak out and go to this life drawing place, it's for a good cause
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    Y'know man, if people are going to look down on you for trying to gain the knowledge you need to realize your dreams.. then f%$# them. Don't let something like that get in your way, you'll have enough challenges to face as it is. If you need some ammo as to why life drawing is important check this thread, and ignore the immaturity http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=37015
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    oooh Howels Moveing Castle!! I cant wait to see that movie! Hayao Miyazaki is my idol!! The castle in the movie was probably animated useing cg (i havent seen it yet though.) from what i've seen of the previews...or perhaps its a combination of cell and cg. it does have a strange quality about it. as one of the previous posters said, watch Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. that movie was released in 1984 (a year after i was born ) and the Ohmu's ( i hate that the english version calls em ohms.) are animated useing different layers of cell's moved back and forth similiar to stop motion animation.

    But Miyazaki's stuff is an excellent reference for anyone interested in animation. His attention to detail is immpecable. if theres something he doesnt like, he scraps the entire story boards for the entire movie, just so it will flow better. (Mind you he does all his own story boarding.) When he did Kiki's delivery service, he spent an entire day studying how dresses and skirts moved on women to animate Kiki's dress properly. And he took the time and effort to make every passer by on the streets to look like individual people. i find that amazeing! his dedication to his work is amazeing!! he once did the last 10 minutes of a cartoon all by himself cause the studio he was working for at the time, went on strike. everything from sketchs, to backgrounds...everything. it was awesome.

    yeah. definatly pick up some books, study, draw from life which is the most important even if you want to do cartoons...and dont let people stand in your way!
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    Saw it and loved it! ^_^
    As for the animation part, they definately used layers - lots of them - and have a world of pacience. If you're looking into going into animation it's a must. I'm actually learning about the process in school now. Currently we're working on an animated short that has to last 5-10 seconds at 15 fps. I'm already pushing 75 drawings and I still need a LOT of inbetweens. ^^; LOL But it's AWESOME when it's finally done and you can actually see your drawings come to life!
    A word of caution - CGI is no easier. Actually while the computer does most of the inbetweens for you, that's not always a good thing. You can end up with lots of strange results when the computer takes over for you, such as objects squishing before impact and such. With CGI, I found that you spend more time fixing the computer's 'help' than actually animating. *shrugs*
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    Hey, i can answer your question now. i picked up "The Art of Howl's moving castle" and the castle/monster is animated through the use CG. however like someone mentioned before it was done in a similar style as the ohmu from Nausicaa which was done with layering and overlapping.

    There are over 100 pieces that were each individually animated on howl's castle; which is what gives it, it's unique bobbling, waddling, bustling, gait. its really impressive. if you ever get the chance, go to a borders (they might have it at barnes n nobles or Walden books, but borders was the only one that had it in stock in my area.) and check it out in the "art of" book. its really cool, because there are several pages with each piece laid out, the CG "maps" and other things...like the wire frame of the castle when put together.
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    Man, Nausica I just seen like a month ago ...can't believe that masterpiece has been hiding from me all these years ..best 2D film ever IMO ! Long live Miazaki !
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    Though theres this place where they do the nude models every monday pretty close to my house.

    Do it. Pleeease do it. You have the OPPRITUNITY to do it. Don't blow it away!!!!
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    The Nausicaa comics are even better... big big fan of nausicaa.
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    Was so excited to see this when it came out, paid special attention to catch the subtitled verson at Loews in Times Square, bought my tickets, sit down, the movie starts... lo and behold it's the crappy english dubbed version. They pulled this shit on me with Spirited away too... anyone in NYC hoping for subtitled miyazaki releases, avoid Loews Times Square at all costs.

    Anyway it totally ruined it for me, could just not get over the bad voice acting. Someday soon I'll see the original version in all it's miyazaki flavoured glory.
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