What is Flivot? Flivot is a forum for animators in Adobe Flash and Pivot Stickfigure Animator. In this forum, we help new animators become better with constructive criticism. As they progress, they are moved up into more exclusive forums where they will be allowed to post their animations and get judged by more advanced members. This method is very effective as there are many different teachers to help give you different views on animation. This opens many different paths for you to take, and opens your eyes into what good animation looks like.
What is Pivot? Pivot Stickfigure Animator is an easy-to-use animation software for people who are just starting out animation, or want to get more rounded in their animation skills and knowledge.
Why should I start animation? Animation is a great way to get introduced to the world of art, which can offer many different career opportunities, and in this job market, we could use some more options. Animation is also enjoyable, and getting well paid to do something you enjoy is the American dream, but not everyone will enjoy it. At first, I was discouraged by the big shots who made my animations look horrible, but I didn’t quit. Now I’m MUCH better, and I’m feeling great about the product of my works.
Which animation software should I choose? Choosing an animation software normally comes by whichever one you find first. But you should find something that better matches your style.
EasyToon – Very similar to flash, you should choose this if you like to animate more cartoon-ish and sketchy. Pivot – Much easier than most other animation softwares. You should choose this if you aren’t the best artist and you like animations that aren’t sketchy or cartoon-ish at all, but it’s harder to draw in this.
Flash – The most professional of the animation softwares out there. Very powerful in use, definitely creates the most effective animations; but comes at a large price of $700, unless you want to break the law and use freeware or a keygen (DOING THIS WILL RESULT IN SHUTDOWN OF YOUR INTERNET FOREVER).
Pencil – A fun one to use, this is for the great artist. It’s a drawing software where you draw each frame from scratch and you can save it as an animation.
Other – If you don’t match the other categories, search around for a different animation software.