About: Need some inspiration? Out of practice with your animation or want to build up your animation reel? Perhaps you just need the motivation that friendly competition brings? Why not take part in one of our monthly animation challenges?
1) Every month a short theme topic is chosen by the winner of the month before.
2) Only real world objects can be used.
3) The length of the entries can be any length, but keep in mind one month is not a lot of time!
4) Entry must be posted in our challenge forums (see link below) before the due date. Just sign up for a free account on our home page to post.
5) Entries must be created the month of the challenge. Not before.
Here's an example challenge entry from Jacob Hajda
Lip Sync PC's: For challenges requiring lip sync, use JLipSync (its free) to break your files down into individual frames. To learn how this is done, watch our tutorial here. For capturing audio from YouTube videos on a PC, Audacity (also free) is a great program. A great paid option is Lip Sync Pro. It costs a little but is the most stable and easiest of programs to use on a PC.
Lip Sync Macs: Audacity is a great program for capturing audio from YouTube and other online sources. You need to use it with a program called Soundflower. Soundflower routs your audio back to your computer instead of your speakers (temporarily) so you can capture sounds from videos. You can watch a tutorial online here to get you started. A good paid option for both capture and lip sync (it's built in) is Dragonframe.
Animation Capture: What program do you use to animate? That is up to you, but we recommend a program such as Stop Motion Pro over here. We have two free options for those on a budget on our site here. Otherwise these programs will work just fine.
Capturing video audio with Firefox: To capture audio from YouTube using the FireFox browser, use a YouTube add-on such as one of these.
Winning??: The winner is chosen during our live broadcast based on who our visitors pick on the last Wednesday of that month. They have to keep in mind the quality of the puppets, animation, sets and story.
Facebook: Join our site fan page to get reminded of our new challenges each month.
Prizes: The prizes for the next two months (April, May, June, July) will be a free downloadable copy of Anime Studio Debut 10 for each winner. More specifically we have two copies of Anime Studio Debut (1 Mac, 1 PC)! So even if you use a Mac you'll get to use the programs at home. These generous prizes are provided by Smith Micro, creators of Manga Studio, Poser, MotionArtist and other great programs. You can find some amazing deals on their software on their blog over here.