The Wonders of Digital Animation — The FRP Episode 29

This week on the FRP, Sally and Cindy talk with Bren Wilson of Corner 5 Media. Bren is an animator extraordinaire, videographer, editor, and more.

He covers a broad range of media needs for his clients, including character animation, 3D animation, video production and voice overs.

Bren studied video post production and sound design at the Art Institute of Dallas. From there he started getting into 3D animation, which is where it all began. When Bren isn’t doing 3D animations you can catch him at the gym, and soon enough he will be an improv master as well!


  • Keep it simple when you are learning.
     It takes a village to help round out a project!
  • Storytelling and animation brought together is where to magic happens.
  • The outside goal of an animation is to create a feeling in someone.
  • Think about Pixar — they push the boundaries to create feelings, tell stories, and create amazing animations.
  • Physical activities — for example, martial arts — can help you to understand movement and how it works in animation.
  • Good animation doesn’t often get commented on it, but bad animation is like bad sound.
     People will notice it and talk about it.
  • What is your favorite animated flick as of late?
     Think about the changes in animation between movies like Cinderella and now Finding Dory.
  • You can start learning in school, but you really learn on the job when it comes to videography and 3D animation.
  • If you have improper lighting then you won’t have depth.
  • Animated scenes are very similar to videography — an animated character is like a 3D model or character.
  • Think about animation in a sense that in order for a person to move they have to have bones — so with animation you essentially have to create bones for that animated character to be able to move.
  • Start with the story!
     Make sure you understand the story before you begin to think about your animation or creating it.

Originally published at Standard Beagle.

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