Today, children as well as grown-ups are all mesmerized with the fantastic storylines and surprising twists of animated cartoon films. The animation industry has come a long way today, taking a simple 2D hand drawn design to a completely new level of 3D animation where things come to life with each aspect having unique attributes. 3D animation is the constant rising trend for most of the films right now; be it a combination of real and animated movies, or a fully featured animated film, computer generated motion pictures has become the part of modern film industry that both children and grown-ups will love. So, the question here is that how does a 3D animation begins. Well, let us go through various processes that are involved in creating 3D animation:
1. Sketches – First a group of artists create the rough sketches of the characters and background environment based on the storyline of the film.
2. Finalizing the sketches – From the series of sketches, the final characters and background images are confirmed for the film project. Once confirmed, a group of illustrators creates the lifelike 3D illustrative models of the characters and environment by filling in visual details like colors of characters, environment, and so on.
3. Actual animation – 3D illustrative models as well as the entire environment are choreographed into a predefined movement by the CGI animators using various computer software applications such as Cinema 4D, 3dmax, Mudbox, Maya, Zbrush, and so on.
4. Shading characters and environment – Shading refers to the process of applying detail colors and textures to the characters and the environment. With the help of various shading software applications like Photoshop and Maya, customized effects such as blur, ripple, shine, etc. are applied to the characters and environment.
5. Digital lighting – A digital lighting is pretty much the same as the real world stage lighting. Using lighting software, the animators apply digital lighting to highlight the emotion and mood of the characters.
6. Rendering – Rendering is the process of collaborating and processing all the model files into a single frame of animation. The files for collaboration usually includes 3D models, environment, digital lighting, colors, sound, and so on. The process of rendering may take several days depending on the length of the animation film.
7. Final quality checks – Once the rendering is done, a team of quality assurance checks for the glitches in the animation film. If any glitches are found, it is sent back to the animators to correct them.