Animated characters are cheaper than real actors
It is cheaper for filmmakers to make animated films. The need to pay actors, or spend extra time getting talent releases filled out is removed. Filmmakers may only need to use actors to record voiceovers for the animated characters. There is no one that has to be fed, comforted or assured that their performance was great. By making animated movies, independent filmmakers can save a lot of money on items like wardrobe, tape, film stock, extra crew members and transportation.
The money saved on actors and crew members can be used to promote the film upon its completion. It can also be used to compensate the animator for his or her services. Animators can be found in a variety of locations. Independent filmmakers can post information on Craigslist in order to find Animators. You can also try to contact the animator who worked on a particular film that you have seen at a film festival or online. Many animators have their own websites. A simple online search will produce tons of websites that include the portfolios and contact information for animators.
Consider music instead of dialogue
Independent filmmakers can bypass actors altogether by using music entirely for their film. This can be a great decision to make for short films. By not using dialogue, it may be easier to complete animated scenes for the film. If there is a script involved that includes a lot of dialogue, the animation process can take longer. However, animated short films can still be produced much faster than independent feature films that require actors.
Music is a great way to spruce up the soundtrack to an independent film. All of the silent films that were produced decades ago included music. That is one of the pieces that made silent films interesting to the public. The music used in silent films emphasized the storyline. It helped audiences to connect themselves with the film. A great music soundtrack can boost the appeal of an animated independent film.
There is a built-in audience for animated films. Independent filmmakers can benefit from the fact that kids love cartoons. There is an increased opportunity for landing a distribution deal. Many companies provide home videos specifically to the children’s market. There is also a niche audience for Animation among adults. Successful television shows such as the Simpsons and South Park are among the favorites for adults.
Expand Your Filmography
Producing animated films can expand a filmmaker’s talent portfolio. You may even realize that you enjoy making animated movies. Some filmmakers may not have a specific genre of film that they want to work in. If animated movies are among your strong points, you may consider remaining in that genre. There are numerous opportunities for filmmakers in the world of animation.