Tips and tricks

Tips and tricks

Here are a few tips you can use to enhance your animated movies.

  • Make storyboards! Plan what you want to do and what props you need before you start.
  • If you have the HUE Animation Studio pack, check your CD for printable backdrops and storyboards.
  • Try pointing your HUE camera straight down at the table and moving the props around on the flat table space instead of filming from the side.
  • Avoid moving the camera; instead, make your props “move”.
  • Animate with small movements to make the animations look realistic.
  • Use text sparingly. Make imagery the focus. Animation is a ‘dynamic model’ of things that
    change over time.
  • Use non-reflective backgrounds like fabrics, construction paper, and foam.
  • Think about color and contrast when creating your props. Make them large enough to be seen and recognized when captured in your movie.
  • You’re no longer stuck in reality. Play in worlds we can’t interact with using a video camera. Focus on the unseen. Animation allows you to stop time and show how things change.
  • Speed up or slow down time. You can stop time from frame to frame and show things in slow motion (e.g. how molecules move) or in fast motion (e.g. digestion in a cow).
  • Work with a friend or group! Discussing, defending positions, and deciding are powerful exercises.
  • Contact our team if you need help.
  • Have fun, and be creative!