In the world of 3D animation production, of course everyone has their favorite 3D animation company that they turn to for inspiration as they seek to pursue what it means to participate in 3D animation excellence. Though I have only been in the industry for a few years, I am of course no exception. Like many others in my generation, I grew up with only one name of a 3D animation company in my head, and that company was Pixar. Maybe this is not the most revolutionary opinion ever, since Pixar has made some of the top-grossing animated movies of all time, but really, when you're thinking of 3D animation studios to be inspired by, I always say, why not learn from the best?
My favorite movie of all, which really changed the face of 3D animation for me forever, was Toy Story. When I was young and saw this film for the first time, I was so impressed by how the animators could create such precise renderings of the environments through which the characters moved, while at the same time creating such effective character animation and lip syncs for imaginary creatures.
It was this in particular that blew my mind...how could it be that the animators were able to make the lip sync effective for TOYS, when no one could really know how they might move? It was through these questions that I first began to understand that 3D animation was a world that involved both creativity and precision, and it was the desire to participate in work that would bring these two passions of mine together that led me to pursue a degree and later a career in this field. Now working on precise lip sync and positioning actors in front of a green screen are key parts of what I do, and I wouldn't have it any other way!
These days, we can only expect the CGI movies and animated films (for children and adults) out there to get better and better in terms of quality graphics, realism and level of quality filming techniques. Soon we won't have the need for actors on camera, only their recognizable voices. That would be a scary day and I hope it doesn't come to pass.
How about you? What studio's work inspired you, either when you were a young child, or now? It doesn't matter whether they are well-known or relatively obscure...all that matters is that we learn from the best!
Mark Hurst is really a famous critic and profitable designer of 3D animation. He at present writes about his 3D animation company and what every day life is like in the area of the studios of 3D animation studios.