For your consideration…

August 8, 2008

There have been a couple of Antics created videos which have caught my eye lately.

The “Twaddlers” short by Antics regular Yan has kicked up a real storm on YouTube.

What do you think of this?

Picked up recently by, the video has generated an unbelievable number of comments in the few days it has been on their YouTube page:

Some like it, others seem to take it as a personal insult… opinions are certainly polarised, and voiced very strongly! I’m glad to hear that Yan is pressing on with the second instalment – I can’t wait!

Then there’s a pop video called “Nothing” by Red Ash and the Love Commandos.

This has also caught the eye of the Guernsey Lily Film Festival 2008 where it has been judged “Highly Commended”.



YouTube Screening Room – New short films

July 5, 2008

YouTube released their Screening Room two weeks ago, and have just released a new batch of short films.

The Screening Room is an excellent platform to get your Antics generated short a massive audience. The standard of featured videos so far has been very high, so if you manage to get featured then that is a high accolade in itself!

Even if you don’t have anything to submit just yet, the quality of films on there is astounding. It’s a great place to find inspiration and ideas.

This is what YouTube have to say about their launch of the Screening Room:

The YouTube Screening Room is a platform for top films from around the world to find the audiences they deserve.

Every other Friday, you’ll find four new films featured in the YouTube Screening Room.

These films always appear with the permission and involvement of the filmmakers, so be sure to rate, share and leave comments. This is your chance to not only watch great films from all corners of the globe, but also to converse with the filmmakers behind them.

While the majority of these films have played at international film festivals, occasionally you’ll find films that have never before screened for wide audiences.

All films playing in the YouTube Screening Room are displayed within our High Quality player to give you the best viewing experience possible.

Be a part of a new generation of filmmaking and distribution and help us connect films and audiences in the world’s largest theater!


Calling all Budding Directors

June 12, 2008

We are changing the forum to make it easier for you to move up to Budding Director level, and then on to Power User. At the same time, we are launching a program of incentives and tools for those who reach these levels.

As you will have seen, we have introduced regular weekly webinars for those who are just starting out using Antics and they are proving really popular. Well now we are launching webinars just for Budding Directors to help you hone your skills, with the first one in three weeks. We’ll also be announcing some special offers for you very soon.

So how do you become a Budding Director and get an invite to these new webinars? Simply by meeting one of the following requirements:

  • Submit an original video made in Antics. Read this post to find out how to submit and publicise your work. The video does not have to be long, sophisticated or complex (it could be all of 10 seconds). It just has to show that you can manage the different stages of using Antics : creating or modifying a set, directing action, choosing the appropriate camera shots, producing a timeline and outputting it as a final video
  • Make 25 posts on the forum
  • Provide helpful advice on the forum to others which indicates your knowledge of Antics and/or animation

Antics will be the judge of submitted videos, to check that they contain a reasonable amount of original work, and of forum posts, to see that they contain valid and useful remarks; and hence Antics will decide on the award of Budding Director status. However if anyone challenges our decision, we will be happy to publish all the material for the community to decide.

We will publish more details of the Budding Director program in the next few days but in the meantime, get cracking on those videos to submit and watch out for more details.

Grab the audience your Antics animation deserves

May 21, 2008

Every movie needs an audience. Your Antics work deserves to be seen. So how can you make it available to the largest audience possible?

First off, make sure you upload it to the many user generated video sites out there. YouTube is a given, but there’s also and many others. Flickr even supports video now.

Then make sure you post a link in the Showcase area of the Antics forum. This area is a dedicated platform for the work of all Antics users. Posting here will get your work a larger audience, but crucially it will also get you feedback from a qualified and experienced community. So even if it’s only a work in progress, post it up and you’ll be sure to get some tips and tricks that will help you.

In fact, if you’re looking for some inspiration for your next project then the Showcase area is great for that too. You can see techniques that other Antics users have adopted that really work wonders.

Finally, don’t forget that one of the advantages of working in Antics is that you don’t suffer from copyright issues. The work you create in Antics using Antics content is yours to distribute as you see fit.

So don’t be shy! If your work catches our eye then we’ll showcase it on this blog too!

Animated mech imported from Google 3D Warehouse

April 30, 2008

Here’s a very cool video of a mech model that was imported from the Google 3d Warehouse then animated in Antics…

Just goes to show how valuable the Warehouse import feature is that you can grab models like that completely free and drop them into your scene.

Keep an eye on the SketchUp Tips & Tricks section on our forum, a how-to explaining how the mech was animated will be posted there soon.

Update: The how-to is now available.