After the great success of the Oscar-nominated short film The Dam Keeper, Tonko House has embarked on the ambitious production of the series Pig: The Dam Keeper Poems. Commissioned by Hulu Japan, Pig is made using TVPaint by a production team based both in Tokyo, Japan and Berkeley, California. TVPaint’s ease of use and efficient pipeline allows this international crew of artists to seamlessly collaborate despite being separated by a large distance.
Tonko House chose TVPaint because of its desire to get a traditional hand-drawn feeling into the series. With TVPaint Animation, they can achieve the look and feel of a production animated on paper, while taking full advantage of TVPaint’s sophisticated digital toolset. Below is a look at the production of the episodes, showing the studio’s dedication to attaining a high level of drawn character animation.
A similar approach in methods and work principles is employed by Gigglebug Entertainment in the making of their series, which has previously been profiled on Cartoon Brew. TVPaint Développement is currently airing a new behind-the-scenes series that documents the production of their show. New episodes are available every Wednesday on its TVPaint Développement Youtube channel, with the first episode below:
Guess what? You can you also do it yourself!
If you want to create your own series, trailers or concepts, TVPaint Développement just published a full 44-volume tutorial video series on how to use the software.
This full-length tutorial and instructional series allows users to learn everything they need to successfully use TVPaint and includes lessons on Interface, CTG layers for coloring, FX, animating, inbetweening, camera movement, storyboarding, creating and publishing your animatic, and much, much more. Now, anyone can unlock the powerful features of the all-in-one TVPaint Animation software.
Third-party tutorials are also being made regularly. For example, check out this multi-part tutorial made by Bloop Animation:
Living in Asia? They’ve got something for you too!
The Japanese TVPaint users community is growing fast: tutorials are subtitled, interface and documentation are translated, and TVPaint technical support is now in Japanese. The 44-tutorial series mentioned above is also available with Japanese subtitles on Youtube.
TVPaint Développement also answered the call for its growing base of users in China. The software documentation and website have now been translated to Chinese, and a Chinese translation of the software itself will be released in the next 11.0.8 version update.
Better support and service for you
TVPaint Développement is working hard on improving the TVPaint.com experience, and a new user account system will be available soon.
The new account system will have several advantages:
- It makes everything more readily accessible for users and their TVPaint licenses: easily download installers, receive codes and updates, and get demos all from one place.
- Makes technical support easier: take five minutes to complete a profile. Let them know if you are a storyboard artist, animator, etc. and also identify your hardware configuration…then, get faster and more accurate technical support.
- Become a part of the TVPaint network – as so many other artists from the animation industry already are – and learn of new job opportunities.
There’s plenty more exciting news to come as TVPaint continues to grow. Register at TVPaint.com to stay updated on future developments of the software package.