Michael Robertson was birthed into the world in the December of 1985, in Benoni South Africa (and before anyone asks no I’m not personal friends with Charles Theron). He is currently running toon53productions cc an animation and advertising company. His aims for the future are to further the animation industry in South Africa and produce world-class animated content.
Animation court my interest back in 2001 when I realized that I could make my scribbles move, my first commissioned animation was in 2003 when I created animated “count-down clocks” for a company in Sandton. Advertising has been a source of income since 1999 starting off with posters for local stores in my neighborhood (wow how things have changed).
I create storyboards for any projects with a narrative or motion in them. It helps speed up whatever project you’re working on. Once the storyboard is done then you can jump right in with the execution.
No, I also use After Effects and Photoshop.
Some projects like Little Jimmy and Emo Luv (which can both be found on www.toon53.com) are done completely in Toon Boom but other bigger projects like The Cavalier’s (www.thcavalier.co.za) new music video Lonely King of Hearts were done with Toon Boom and After Effects to finished off some of the effects for broadcast purposes.
Pre-production starts with getting a deposit out of the client. Once that’s done then The process seems to flow a lot better knowing that there is money in the bank ?. Once that’s done then it’s pretty much the same process as everyone else.
Any animation that client wants I guess (got to pay the bills), as long as it’s 2D. I’m a huge fan of the 2D.
Paperless and cut-out. I used to be traditional until Wacom tablets and software like Flash, After Effects and Toon Boom Animate Pro came along.
It has to be the fact that you can edit your brushes to do and look like however you’d like them to.
Definitely, productivity almost doubled! The fact that libraries are used is a huge help. Animate a character running and that’s the last time you’ll ever have to do it. Colour Pots are also a huge help when it comes to productivity.
Yeah, with the use of the template library for animation and colour pretty much every part of the production process has improved.
Not the same results but similar. The difference is that it wouldn’t be able to be done in such a short period of time with other software.
Toon Boom focuses on the animators’ needs. It helps animators in every way possible. While other products help get the job done Toon Boom feels like it has been created by animators for animators and it shows.
It depends how patient you are, I tell people there is a slight learning curve because it took me a week to get used to the software. A week in my books is a long time but I have no patience for things but if you think about it a week to learn an Emmy award winning program is in actual fact a very short time period. Think of it this way. How long were the other software courses you’ve been on? If they were longer than a week then Toon Boom will be easy for you.
Hands, eyes, a bit of intelligence, and a Wacom tablet.