The other day I was watching some of the first shots I did on a production and could see one of the main problems I had early on was not fully understanding the style. At A.M shots tend to fall into a “Disney style” or very cartoony, but I think CG animation has become much wider than that and the industry more demanding.
I’m now working on my third production, each time a different style of animation has been required and each with little to no ramp up time. I think it’s a valuable exercise to not just study but try different styles of animation, I’ve found understanding and being able apply a style are two different things.
I’ve made a list of what I think are different styles with examples below, the categories are purely opinion and meant to be just food for thought, but feel free to comment if you think I’ve missed anything glaring.
With motion capture
A very loose way of describing it. Both studios use slightly different styles in different productions.
Very limited animation
Stop Motion influenced
Hand drawn influenced
Paper cut out influenced
Stop Motion/CG hybrid
Multiple animation styles in one production