Wisdom Sharing

Things I've learnt bumbling about in animation and motion graphics.

For those folks new to the industry or mid-transition or just keen to get more engaged with the Creative Industry, I've collated some of the things I've learnt on my adventures. By no means is it exhaustive, but hopefully it gives someone a bit more confidence to get on out there and hustle . If there's top tips I'm missing, glaring omissions or embarrassing goofs, let me know!

This is far from comprehensive. It started as an email to send to my students once they finished their studies but it has continued to grow and evolve from there.

(Also, keep in mind I'm based in Melbourne so it's pretty localised)

Make a
Babin' Website

You’ve got to have a website. It doesn’t have to be fancy but it should cover your essentials:

Who are you?

What can you do?

What do you enjoy doing?

How do we get in contact?

Where are you based?

Get on the Socials

Share your stuff everywhere. You never know where a potential client might stumble upon your work. Get your work out to the audiences that are really looking for it.

  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Vimeo
  • Facebook
  • The Loop
  • YouTube
  • Behance
  • LinkedIn
  • Dibbble
  • Pinterest
  • Tumblr
  • TikTok
  • Pictofolio
  • Women Who Draw
  • Panimation
  • DeviantArt

Competition Time

Follow those hashtags and get involved with competitions and challenges. Find that community that spends their spare time doing cool stuff just like you.

BE SEEN

Check out Events

There are heaps all over the globe and a bunch locally. It's a wide spreading community so don't limit yourself to local stuff but definitely try and get to events whenever you can. You never know what you might see that inspires you or who you might meet. It could be your next collaborator, client, full time employer or new bestest bud. You just never know!

A lot of big events and conferences now are being filmed too so if you can't make it to some of the big ones, check them out online #2020

Adobe Max

AGDA

Annecy

Blend Fest

Festival of the Photocopier

Loop de loop

Melbourne Webfest

MIAF

MIFF

Node Fest

Pictoplasma

Semi Permanent

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SEE OTHERS

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Check out Events

There are heaps all over the globe and a bunch locally. It's a wide spreading community so don't limit yourself to local stuff but definitely try and get to events whenever you can. You never know what you might see that inspires you or who you might meet. It could be your next collaborator, client, full time employer or new bestest bud. You just never know!

A lot of big events and conferences now are being filmed too so if you can't make it to some of the big ones, check them out online #2020

Loop de loop

Node Fest

MIAF

MIFF

Pictoplasma

Blend Fest

Annecy

Adobe Max

Melbourne Webfest

Adobe Make It

Semi Permanent

AGDA

Get on the Blogs

Some of the coolest studios give away their secrets through their blogs and newsletters. If you stumble upon animators or studios you like, follow them, check in on what they're up to. Even get in contact and tell them they're rad. Let them know you exist and you never know what might happen!

Holdframe

Animade

Buck

Giant Ant

On Animation

Motionographer

Pictofolio

Everything Animated

Boom

Wine After Coffee

Ball Pit Mag

Ice Cream Hater

Gregg Gunn

Alex Grigg

Tune into Podcasts

It's a massively expanding realm at the moment and heaps of our favourite studios are popping out their own podcasts and interviewing all the fanciest folk about.

 

You can gain a wealth of knowledge from these. Incredible insights into the industry, issues people have faced and overcome, awesome opportunities that have arisen and how to cultivate such epicness in one's own life. I cannot recommend enough, the benefits of listening to quality podcasts.

ENGAGE

Get involved in online communities

OzAnimate

www.ozanimate.com

www.facebook.com/ozanimate

Brilliant resource, showcasing a lot of local Aussie work as well as learning and job opportunities.

 

Motionographer

motionographer.com
OzAnimate is modeled on Motionographer. This is a global resource that everyone in the industry is getting all up in on. They've also got job listings from all over the place.

 

Motion Melbourne

www.facebook.com/groups/melbournemotion

A little facebook group setup for animators in Melbs. Posts questions and jobs and new plugins.. all sorts!

Motion Hatch

motionhatch.com

www.facebook.com/motionhatch

Hugely useful resource. Specifically for motion design with job postings, technical support, podcasts, advice and sweet community in general.

Follow online communities and get involved there.  Keep an eye out for their specialist events too.

Punanimation

www.punanimation.com

www.facebook.com/groups/punanimation

A community of women, trans and non-binary friends working with animation and motion graphics.

 

Cartoon Brew

www.facebook.com/CartoonBrew

All sorts of animation news n stuff.

Animation Magazine

www.facebook.com/AnimationMagazine

More animation news and jazz.

 

Mixed Parts

mixed.parts

Forum community with heaps of wizz-bang animators ready to share their wisdoms, answer questions, collaborate on cool stuff and generally share interesting work.

Masters of Motion

www.facebook.com/themastersofmotion

A Melbourne based but Australia-wide servicing resource for all manner of jobs, events and ongoing support in the animation/motiongraphics/film/tv industry. 

KEEP GROWING

Never stop learning

Watch Tutorials

There's constantly new things being developed for our favourite software. And old things being pushed into new directions. Keep an eye on dem tutes and work through then from time to time to help keep yourself fresh and inspired!

 

Camp Keyframe

Ben Marriot

Mt Mograph

EC Abrams

After Effects w Mikey

Lester Banks
 

Happy Harry's Hu Ha How Tos

Flash based but really good break down of storytelling and the overall process of animation
 

Onion Skin

Another 2D champ that covers Flash and Toonboom among other things

Oli

A Toonboom master, his best tutes and support you'll find on his Patreon.​
 

Keep up with current and emerging trends as well as new technologies. Always keep building on your toolset wherever you can.

Wine after Coffee

vimeo.com/channels/wineaftercoffee

Inspirational content. All the time. Heaps of trendy, happening animation and motion graphics stuff.

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School of Motion

www.schoolofmotion.com

An incredible resource with seemingly endlessly growing lists of courses in animation, design, modelling, rigging...

Motion Design School

Domestika

Video Copilot

Lynda

Greyscale Gorilla

Cinema 4D training
 

Schoolism

Learning in all sorts of fields plus interviews with awesome artists and creators.

After Effects tricks

www.GoogleDoc.com.SpreadsheetOfWonder

This little document has been released to the world and filled with hand dandy tips and tricks for After Effects. Super useful!

Finding your Tribe

Follow online communities and get involved. There are loads of groups and streams for all manner of niche. Keep an eye out for their specialist events too.

This list is very much just the tip of a very large iceberg. Have a google of the buzzwords related to your fields of interest and I guarantee you'll find a whole bunch of creative and welcoming spaces.

OzAnimate

Brilliant resource, showcasing a lot of local Aussie work as well as learning and job opportunities.

 

Nodefest

Nodefest is an annual Motion Design conference held in Melbourne each year.  It’s a great community of bonkers talented folks with a super active Slack account to keep you engaged.

Motion Melbourne

A little facebook group setup for animators in Melbs. Posts questions and jobs and new plugins.. all sorts!

Motion Hatch

Hugely useful resource. Specifically for motion design with job postings, technical support, podcasts, advice and sweet community in general.

Motionographer

Motionographer is the US version of OzAnimate. This is a global resource that  industry folks from all over are all up in on. They've also got job listings from all over the place.

Punanimation

A community of women, trans and non-binary friends working in  animation, illustration, motion graphics and other creative fields.

Cartoon Brew

All sorts of animation news n stuff.

Animation Magazine

More animation news and jazz.

 

Mixed Parts

Forum community with heaps of wizz-bang animators ready to share their wisdoms, answer questions, collaborate on cool stuff and generally share interesting work.