(The following post (especially the second part) is quite a bold for a newcomer and outsider like me, so please bear with me. It has to be said… It is in no way offensive)

Although I am not a true part of the animation blog community it seems to me that there is quite some controversy going on. This seems especially true regarding the question “screenwriting or storyboarding?” as you can read here, here and here.

This is indeed some interesting stuff going on in this community but I believe that it not only misses the important part but also help to hide one even some more important points that seem to be forgotten.

Scriptwriting or Storyboarding?

One thing is for sure: the cartoon in its classic form is a hell

Exactly one week ago I had an idea for my 3D short movie. An idea that seemed too good to be true because it almost fit everything (as you can read here).

Now this last week I had a bunch of other things to do (as also hinted by the lack of the newest 2001-Post) and I used this chance to let my feelings cool down towards this idea again – I let the initial hype go away.

And you know what? I still like the idea I had.

And you know what this means? I can finally move on! Well, not really, but I can go from the sketch phase of the story design to the actual story design process. In other words: I now can lay out all the major

If you have read my last post, you know that I decided to put some of my story ideas for my 3D short movie, especially the ending, to rest in order to find new possibilities and conclusions.

You know what happened? After flushing down the old ending down the toilet I began my thinking process…

And it took me only 10 minutes to find something. 10.freaking.minutes.

But you what is scaring me? The idea I have seems to be perfect. It fits the overall story, it fits the main character. It even fits the backstory I have written about. It seems to fit everywhere. But – more importantly – it seems to add the feelings and emotions I am constantly after. It would tell a touching story. And it would have an ending

(Warning: Spoilerific Post about THE ISLAND)

Besides the many things I have and want to do I yesterday took some of my precious time and watched Michael Bay’s THE ISLAND on TV. As some of my friends told me that this movie was not perfect at all it was at least some fun. In review I can say that the rating of 6.9 on IMDB is OK, although I would rank the movie around 6.5 or lower.

The reason for my rating are not the 3D special effects (which are over the top by the way) but rather the fact that the story contains some problematic ‘hiccups ‘.

Wrong Character Motivations in THE ISLAND

One thing that I particularly didn’t like was the missing or wrong motivation of the female protagonist, Jordan Two

When was the last time when you thought, Hey, that 3D movie not only was great looking, it also had a really great, non-cliché ridden story?

The blog of John K about cartoons and animation in general is again and again contains really interesting stuff, which is especially true for me, since at some stage I have to animate a short movie myself. Some days ago John has published a post with some very interesting points in it. I don’t want to write about the animation part of 3D generated movies, though, since I am no animator but I want to write about the situation in general.

3D Movies and their stories

You know, John K mentions in his post that it seems that Hollywood is coming with ideas or stories some

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