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    • April 6, 2017 9:22 PM PDT
    • I've also heard that they work on multiple episodes at a time, often in different stages or production. One episode will be outlined, while another is being storyboards, while another is on VA recording, ext... the year is just the time, in total, one episode takes to make. A 13 episode season would theoretically have 13 episodes being made at the same time with different people working on different episodes. You might be interested in researching the production of the first season of Fairly Odd Parents. It was a short season made with a limited staff.

      I'm interested in the cost. I've heard rumors that an episode of SpongeBob takes half a million to make, and an episode of Korra took one million! But those are just rumors, and I can't find the sources anymore :/ Thats a lot of money going into a season. The price of employing so many people at once, I guess. I'd be interested in reading any articles people know of about running a studio, or hearing from people who work in tv animation production.

    • April 6, 2017 3:07 PM PDT
    • Interesting! Tv shows are usually using limited animation techniques which shaves off a lot of time producing then. They also have armies of artists in korea that they outsource a lot of the tedious work to and save money and time that way as well. I guess the production schedule all depends on what style animation you choose to do and how mnay ppl can help you. What kind if infrastructure you have in place can also help things along or hold them up. Managers/technical staff etc

    • April 6, 2017 4:37 AM PDT
    • Hi everyone,

      I have been trying to research how long it takes to make an animation of say approximately 22 minutes. I have seen different answers, including some that say it takes an entire year for a show to produce an episode of that length.

      How is it, then, that tv shows have a set number of episodes for a year (say 13 episodes total)? I can't grasp that concept because how can one episode take a whole year to make yet 13 episodes total be released within a year?? I don't doubt the time it takes, short basic animations have taken me days to complete, I just don't get how shows have episodes to release when it takes that much time to make them? Can someone elaborate please? 


      I would really appreciate it.



    • November 3, 2016 1:20 PM PDT
    • Hi there folks! I'm wondering if it's a good idea to take the One-Year Illustration program at the New York Film Academy in LA to get used to the work, get the experience, and use it to fill up a portfolio to apply to CalArts the following year. I'm quite worried about this because I don't know of any Illustration alumni from that school, and if the experience from that One-Year program will even help. 

      Hoping to get a response soon, thank you, and take care!

    • September 9, 2016 5:07 PM PDT
    • Hello! Welcome to Animatedbuzz. Sorry for the confusion they are both the same. Animatedbuzz should be the default!

    • September 9, 2016 2:01 PM PDT
    • When I was signing up, I noticed there were two different options for profile type: Animatedbuzz and General. What is the difference between the two?

    • May 26, 2016 7:52 PM PDT
    • Yeah! I see animation artists I follow posting art for Gallery Nucleus all the time. I'd love to go see that!

    • May 26, 2016 4:25 PM PDT
    • Gallery Nucleus is a really cool gallery that's in California. They have a lot of really cool shows on. I haven't been there myself because it's too far away (Canadian yo!)
      Also Claire Keane is having an exhibition there starting on the 28th.

    • May 25, 2016 10:00 PM PDT
    • Hey guys! Hope this is an ok place for this. I want to plan an animation road trip for myself this summer! I live in Northern California where there isn't much going on and I'm not too Socal savvy. I'd love to hear any suggestions of places to go for animation studio tours, art galleries, museums, points of interest, etc. I'm likely to keep my travelling to Cali for now(likely Socal/Bay Area), but would be happy to hear of spots anywhere.

      Have a good summer all! 

    • May 15, 2016 1:44 PM PDT
    • Hey,


      I googled best school for rigging and animation and I got to CalArts. Anyways I am looking for someone to join in our indie team and give us a hand with rigging and animation. Don't want to flood the forum so please reply if you are interested and I can pm or email exactly what we are looking for and what we are doing.

    • January 4, 2016 12:31 PM PST
    • Hello, is it resolved now?

    • December 17, 2015 9:04 PM PST
    • I think, some are not able to post..

    • December 17, 2015 9:03 PM PST
    • What problem you guys are facing in forum ?

    • December 9, 2015 10:52 PM PST
    • why don't you look into great classic books like Illusion of Life?  Or Richard williams book, Animation Survival Kit?

    • September 25, 2015 9:11 AM PDT
    • Hello,

      Can I ask you something? I want to buy this book "Animate that"! I want to compare with anothers books about animation. Can you help me? I'm looking for a good price but i want to understand something after i read the book, i don't want to spend some money for a technical book. You know what I mean? With simple words, just like that, for everyone like me.


    • August 12, 2015 9:40 AM PDT
    • Things may seem tough looking at the old business model in the animation industry but I wonder how the landscape will change and grow as a result of the technological advances and new media platforms that are available. Soon there will be virtual reality.  Who knows what kinds of opportunities will be available in the future. I think if you're passionate about becoming an animator just make sure you stay on top of technology and get as good as possible!  Get ready!

    • January 4, 2015 5:23 PM PST
    • The site is still a bit buggy so i might try a different theme out this week. So dont be surprised if things look different again. Just trying to find the best and most reliable fit here

    • December 23, 2014 7:15 AM PST
    • Great! I agree its definitely an upgrade. Glad you like it too!

    • December 22, 2014 9:11 PM PST
    • Hey Mario,

      The site looks awesome—very easy to navigate, well laid out. I love the new design, fonts are clean and the logo is perfect for the site considering a light table is such a recognizable thing in the animation world. I also like how you kept things pretty minimalistic; it keeps the site from feeling cluttered and the top tool bar was a nice addition. Looking forward to seeing how the site continues to evolve. Excellent work all counts. If I run across any bugs, I'll definitely let you know.


    • December 22, 2014 7:34 PM PST
    • Working on the apps. Coming soon. Hooefully before the year ends

    • December 16, 2014 12:50 PM PST
    • Hey guys, so I'm in the middle of updating the site again haha. New logo. What do you think?


      The forum is broken on mobile versions but hope to have that working soon, If you notice any other bugs, let me know on this topic page.




    • May 26, 2014 3:19 PM PDT
    • I graduated high school this month and so far my plan is to go to community college for two years and then transfer to LCAD (or CALARTS but honestly I could never afford it,) I'm needing some time to build portiolios for these schools. College stuff is all new to me and Im wondering if I should get an associates degree in animtion at community (since the school im going to offers it) or just transfer without it, or what else I should know about transfering to art school, Any information or tips is helpful!

    • May 11, 2014 9:49 AM PDT
    • Did you end up going on it/booking it? :) I know this is really very late - but I hardly ever have anything info to offer to anyone, except now as I have actually been to CSM's life drawing short course (it was five days and the one for 16-18 year olds) as well as the animation one. 


      I'd definitely recommend it! Where I live and the area surrounding there were basically no life drawing classes and I jumped at the opportunity to go on the course as well as the animation one (especially since it was aimed at young people and I suppose I felt a bit intimidated by drawing with older and perhaps more experienced artists). If you're talking about a different/longer course, then yeah it might not exactly be how it was for me, but they should be run pretty similar. I'll share my experience anywho!


      Over the course of my 5 days I had three different models, two males and one female. One male was an experienced life model, the other was not, and the female was a professional dancer I believe - so they do give you a good variation of different models to draw. There were a wide range of poses and their length, so it was good at challenging you especially under quicker poses where a few people didn't finish drawing and continued to try and finish it even when the pose changed.


      We all had an easel each and varying pieces of charcoal, but if people wanted to draw in pencil then she let them. There's a good balance of freedom and the tutor leading the course - she'd tell us what to focus on, what to think about etc then let us do it. She would walk around and stand behind us as we worked on our easels (a little scary, but of course helpful!) and mention anything she thought we could improve on or that wasn't quite right. A common thing she said going around the room which amused me was 'draw what you see, not what you think you see' which led to a girl finishing the tutor's sentence before she could even say it. 


      All in all, even though this course was for younger people, it had a very mature sort of sophisticated atmosphere (very different from the CSM animation course!) but I still really enjoyed it and made a few friends who had come from all over the world which is an experience itself. It will provide you with some good practice and possibly even work to put in your portfolio. I probably didn't go through everything because it was a while ago and I'm not sure what else I should mention - but I'm open to any questions anyway.

    • March 28, 2014 3:54 AM PDT
    • Has anyone attended it? Any references from friends? :o
      I'd love to spend a couple of weeks there in preparation for Calarts admissions, even though it's a bit late :)
      Looks pretty intensive, and, therefore, interesting :D

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