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                              Classical Animation

                              Classical Animation

                              Classical (or traditional animation) typically represents animation that starts out by being hand-drawn on paper. Throughout the 20th century, classical animation was the driving force used to create cartoons — with traditional Disney cartoons and animated movies being a prime example. It is a very time-consuming task to create traditional animation due to the accuracy that’s required. An animator draws various characters, layouts, and backgrounds on paper. Each illustration in the animation is somewhat different than the previous one and the one following it, which creates an illusion of movement when the whole story was put onto film. Since all the animation has been presented and made on paper, it was then duplicated (or retraced) onto translucent acetate sheets called cels. They were extremely important to classical animation as it allowed an animator to draw each and every element in the film on several layers of paper at once. This allowed every element to have its individual layer and could be animated independently. This method of animation allowed it to be combined with live-action video by inserting the cels on top of the film.

                              WHY CLASSICAL ANIMATION WORK

                              As you may be aware, classical animation involved no digital instruments at all. Modern technology has changed this process greatly, as it has become fully digital. Traditional cel animation technique became out-of-date but is used on rare occasions. Today, classical animation works in other techniques: if the animation is hand-drawn, then it is scanned and colored digitally via computer software like Harmony. Contemporary animation has become a delicate mixture of traditional and digital techniques. But even today, animation has a lot of features taken from its 20th century roots. In 1906, a series of humorous faces started and marked the first completely animated film, which was made with the use of stop-motion photography to create action. So, if you want to create an authentic and original animated movie, you should look at classical animation and use it to your own advantage.

                              Feralflix Video by Andrew Helms

                              “Darvideo Animation Studio produced 2D animations for an LA-based video agency. They handled storyboarding, drawing, and motion-tracking, and collaborated with the client to review animation mockups. Their work was extremely well received by the end-client. Their workflow was perfect, and the client commends them for their customer service on top of their actual proficiency in animation.  We asked the studio to storyboard, hand-draw, and place 2D animations on top of the footage. We had lots of tracking motion in the video and complex green screen replacements. Finish the project on time and make the end client extremely happy with the quality of the animation. Their customer service is top-notch. They always get you to the end goal. We storyboarded together, reviewed animation mockups, reviewing the actual animations. It was very timely, in a modern environment, and we kept striving for perfection. Our client gave us extremely positive feedback.”

                              Andrew Helms

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                              How much does an Classical Animation cost?

                              If you’re planning to include an animated video in your marketing campaign, you’re on the right track, as nowadays videos make up over 30 percent of all online traffic. After watching a video, 64 percent of users are more ready to purchase a product online. Animated videos can boost your sales and become a timeless part of your content portfolio. This is the exact kind of ROI you will want to achieve when it comes to animation. If you are wondering how much this kind of animation costs, the average price starts at around $700, depending on the client’s requests and production issues. The total price includes all production stages and also depends on how quick the deadline is.

                              How long does a Classical Animation take to make?

                              Depending on the project type, an average production cycle takes about 8 weeks, while simple projects can be completed in half that time. Each production has its own questions and matters that we always take into consideration before creating a  deadline. On occasion, some unplanned issues may cause an extension of the deadline, but we always do everything possible to create a video in the shortest possible period of time. Our main goal is to complete production in the most cost-effective and efficient way possible, while keeping you up to date on the status of the project at all times. We are always eager to create the most amazing and highly professional video that will help your company perform at its best.

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