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3 WAYS YOU CAN SUPPORT ANIMA SAOKU, AND SUPPORT ORIGINAL CONTENT!
While others build their following using other people’s intellectual property – game characters, books, tv shows, and movies – with a follow-the-herd mentality, Anima Saoku’s philosophy is that original content is important. It takes more time and ingenuity to create totally new content, and that’s what I’m really passionate about! All of my content is completely free for people to enjoy. But it takes huge amounts of time keep this site going with fresh content. It’s a full time job! Take a look below at everything that goes into creating this content, then consider supporting me on Patreon! And there are other ways you can show your support. Your support will continue to make Anima Saoku possible!
Ideas have to be tended and nurtured, like flowers in a garden. Sometimes it takes years for a story to come to fruition before even one word is written down. And unlike others, I don’t base my work on other people’s creations; stories, games, or shows… I have a simple litmus test; do my ideas infringe on anyone else’s copyright? If the answer is yes, I won’t do it. Everything I do is new and original.
Everything you see on screen has to be created from scratch… the characters, the clothes, the sets, the graphics… Each requires different software programs and special skills to create everything. The work requires days and weeks of intensive painstaking creativity and work to make it look presentable. It’s the most time-consuming part of production.
ANIMATION & VIRTUAL FILMMAKING
Animation teams usually storyboard and block their scenes, but being a solo artist, I proceed from a script with a clear idea of how I want the scene to go in my head. I start animating and lighting and placing cameras to get the various shots I want. It’s a time consuming process, that produces only about 30 seconds to a minute of animation a day!
IMAGE POST PRODUCTION
For the stills/comics pages, it’s a two-stage process; rendered images from the animation program are individually brought into Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop for typesetting and final adjustments. Animated Gifs and 360 images have their own work flows, and each takes time.
VIDEO POST PRODUCTION / FX
For the animated shorts, I use Adobe Premiere, where all of the elements; final animation clips, sound, dialogue, effects shots, and music are brought together and elaborately pieced together and synchronized to give you that final look and polish. Each 1 minute video can take a day or more to complete at this stage. Any effects shots, requiring additional graphics or special effects have to be created and processed through After Effects, which can require additional programs and knowledge to create all the additional effects you see.
I use Propellerheads Reason to quickly produce music and sound for all my work. Even so, this is a separate process that can take days, if I’m working on a song with vocals.
YOUR SUPPORT WILL ALLOW ME TO:
- Work full time, year round, making all kinds of new stories, characters, and content.
- Maintain equipment and software licenses, which are costly, often requiring payments each month.
- Enable me to pay and work with other artists who can help me create even more content.
- Recruit great actors – who have to be paid – to bring the characters to life.
- Support nonprofits working to stop human trafficking. (SEE BELOW)
DON’T HAVE ANY MONEY AND WANT TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT? HERE’S HOW!
LET ME HEAR FROM YOU
Leave Comments on the Website and Social Media. Your comments really help me know how I’m doing and whether or not there’s anybody out there! Believe me, when you spend all day staring into a computer screen working your heart out, it’s nice to get some feedback and human interaction!
SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS
Believe it or not, marketing is a full time job that costs money. You can help out alot by telling your friends about Anima Saoku, and sharing content through social media. By doing that you’ll be helping bring more people to the site which in turn helps me find new supporters. Your help would be really valuable in this area!
FOLLOW ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA
I post on social media daily to tide you over while you’re waiting for the next Friday release. Want to shout at me? It’s easy to do it there.
CLICK THE LIKE BUTTON!
Likes tell social media ranking algorithms and search engines “this content is good!” – which helps extend my reach through social media and improves search engine rankings for the site.