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One of the central features of any animated production is the character that populates it. You provide the vision for those characters. A skilled animation company sharpens that vision and brings it to life. There are many ways in which the animator develops characters perfectly suited for whatever type of project you need, from advertising animation to educational animation and more. The following are just a few of the valuable contributions the 2D animation studio can make to character design.

Target The Desired Audience

The exact look and feel of any animated project depends in large part upon the audience for which it is intended. For instance, an educational program geared toward children would use bold patterns and bright colors, whereas an animated explainer video for business executives would use more restrained design elements. The studio you choose to provide animation for your project will enhance its effectiveness by creating characters that are appropriate for the audience you wish to reach.

Animation studios will help you define the correct style for your audience right from the start by also providing you with concept design services. These services formulate vague ideas into a specific overall style. A skilled team of animators can walk you through the development of your concept and then create unique characters that fit both your vision and the audience who will be enjoying the finished product.

Visually Depict Personality

Each character in your animated project will have a distinct personality. This personality is one of the traits that will set them apart from the animated characters already out there. Through concept design and character design, your animation partner will work with you to determine the personality that each character possesses. Developing this personality may involve creating a back-story to give them history and depth. The animator will then use this background to inform their understanding and development of the character.

The animator will use their skills to take the traits that were fleshed out earlier in the process and visually depict them in the character’s body shape, facial expressions, and movements. For instance, the animator will use lines to create a body for the character that reveals their personality. Soft lines may denote gentleness, while sharp corners may reveal stronger or negative aspects of the character’s personality. Animator Moritz Schneider, for instance, explains that he used sharp edges on one of his characters to depict that character’s hidden strength and integrity. These sometimes subtle design elements convey to the viewer aspects of the character’s personality that may not be explicitly articulated in the dialogue or actions and give him or her added depth and intrigue.

In addition, the animator will use design elements such as accessories and colors to reveal a character’s thoughts, feelings, and preferences. These elements can become integral parts of the character. For instance, the yellow complexion of the Simpsons has become their trademark look, one of the reasons they first captured viewers’ attention. Reds and blues can convey a sense that the character has something in common with comic book heroes, while dark colors will give viewers the impression that the character has some less than pleasant aspects to his or her personality. Accessories can give viewers a glimpse into the character’s circumstances (such as whether they are rich, stylish, plain, or simple).

Finally, 2D animation companies can add other design features, such as facial expressions, to give the viewer visual clues to the character’s personality. At times, they will exaggerate these features to emphasize certain aspects of the character’s personality, or swerve away from strict realism to create cartoon characters that will have greater appeal to the sensibilities of the target audience. Regardless of the specific techniques they use, however, animators will all strive to produce characters that fit comfortably into the purpose and overall feeling of the project.

Create An Environment To Complement The Character Design

Finally, traditional animation studios can bring your characters to life by creating environments that complement or further reveal their personalities. For instance, an animator may choose to reflect the conflict a character is facing by inserting elements into the surrounding environment that visually clash with the character. Alternatively, the animator may choose to insert small details into certain scenes (such as background objects or colors) that match the proportions or interests of the character. A good animator will understand how the environment interacts with the characters being created so that all the elements of a project fit together convincingly. In fact, a skilled animator will be intentional about nearly every detail they add into a scene, so that the entire project comes together as a realistic and cohesive work of art.

Character design is essential to the animation process, because the characters’ personalities, appearances, and actions have the ability to affect the success of the entire project. Viewers will relate to or be turned off by their experience with those characters. As a result, the animator will work carefully to choose the colors, shapes, styles, and environmental details around the character to create a personality and role within the project that will satisfy your vision and appeal to your audiences. A skilled animator can help you not only flesh out your vision for the characters populating your project but also build them and the world around them into a form that will charm, enchant, instruct, and motivate the audiences you wish to reach.

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attack-on-titan

Plot / Story

It’s been a hundred years since they appeared. The creatures that drove mankind to the brink of extinction. Those monsters that know nothing but killing. We know nothing about them. We don’t know why they are here. Our only hope is to pull together. We have to make a stand. Walls. Walls will hold them. I dread the day that we must fall behind walls and hide. Behind the walls is survival, but behind the walls we live like cattle. Behind the walls we are safe from them. Those things who’s name we fear… Titans.

Not bad, right? Our anime plops us into a world where mankind is nearly hunted to extinction by humanoid monsters known as titans. No one knows where they came from or why they are here, but they are deadly. Even mankind’s most skilled fighters are not enough to stop them. The only choice mankind had was to build walls. Towering walls. Mankind joined together in their time of agony, building massive walls to keep out the demonic titans. For a hundred years the walls held. It got to the point where civilians inside the walls doubted the need for a military, they doubted the need to try and take back land from the titans. All it took was one day, the day when the giant titan towered over the wall. Not a soul could hide from its gaze. With one kick, he reminded mankind why they should fear the titans.

At the time of this, our main characters (Erin, Armin, and Mikasa), are only children. They watched in horror as their home was flooded by titans. They fled as the military failed to protect the people. Erin watched the horror of his mother getting bitten in half as he ran away. After safely arriving inside the second wall, Erin vows to kill every last titan. As soon as they are of age, all three of our main characters join the military.

As our heroes go through their recruit training, more problems arise. The giant titan returns without warning, and with a friend. Together, the giant titan and armored titan smash through the second layer of the wall. This allows more titans to flood inside the walls. Facing another tragedy, our heroes and other members of the military try to fight back the best they can. Death is the only way to describe the resulting battles.

Sequels

So as of right now, there isn’t really any sequels to AoT. There is a movie called Wings of Freedom, but that isn’t really a sequel to this series. However, the second season of the anime has been confirmed to launch in February 2016, which is rather exciting. The second season supposedly is going to be more political, rather than run and gun like the first season. This is promising since the first season left a lot of questions unanswered, I mean, a lot. There is also a live action movie in the works, though that is more of a remake rather than a sequel.

Overall

As a whole, this series is interesting, but quite boring. There are a lot of in between scenes that just leave you bored. The action scenes are pretty cool, even though it’s pretty much everyone dying. The story itself is rather confusing, since the series refuses to answer any questions. The editing, however, is quite superb. The editor does a nice job of cliffhangers that make you just have to watch the next episode, then the next, and the next. My advice, set aside a whole day, because once you start the first episode, you will keep looking to the next one to find answers.