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Welcome to MotionBookArtists

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This group was founded to support Motion Book Artists.
Any level and art relating to the Madefire Motion Book Tool is allowed.
Founded 4 Years ago
Sep 29, 2014


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Hey guys,
this time we want to give you a small Guide about one of the most important issues you have to deal with as a Motion Book Artist: Storytelling. Everything starts with a blank page and the idea inside your head. But creating awesome concept arts doesn't mean that those linearts will become a great character.

Storyboard Artist Emma Coats from Pixar wrote down 22 rules of storytelling wich will help you to create your own personal masterpiece. Of course knowing the rules won't guarantee the success of your story but it will help you to get started.

#1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.

#2: You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be v. different.

#3: Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite.

#4: Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.

#5: Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You’ll feel like you’re losing valuable stuff but it sets you free.

#6: What is your character good at, comfortable with? Throw the polar opposite at them. Challenge them. How do they deal?

#7: Come up with your ending before you figure out your middle. Seriously. Endings are hard, get yours working up front.

#8: Finish your story, let go even if it’s not perfect. In an ideal world you have both, but move on. Do better next time.

#9: When you’re stuck, make a list of what WOULDN’T happen next. Lots of times the material to get you unstuck will show up.

#10: Pull apart the stories you like. What you like in them is a part of you; you’ve got to recognize it before you can use it.

#11: Putting it on paper lets you start fixing it. If it stays in your head, a perfect idea, you’ll never share it with anyone.

#12: Discount the 1st thing that comes to mind. And the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th – get the obvious out of the way. Surprise yourself.

#13: Give your characters opinions. Passive/malleable might seem likable to you as you write, but it’s poison to the audience.

#14: Why must you tell THIS story? What’s the belief burning within you that your story feeds off of? That’s the heart of it.

#15: If you were your character, in this situation, how would you feel? Honesty lends credibility to unbelievable situations.

#16: What are the stakes? Give us reason to root for the character. What happens if they don’t succeed? Stack the odds against.

#17: No work is ever wasted. If it’s not working, let go and move on - it’ll come back around to be useful later.

#18: You have to know yourself: the difference between doing your best & fussing. Story is testing, not refining.

#19: Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating.

#20: Exercise: take the building blocks of a movie you dislike. How d’you rearrange them into what you DO like?

#21: You gotta identify with your situation/characters, can’t just write ‘cool’. What would make YOU act that way?

#22: What’s the essence of your story? Most economical telling of it? If you know that, you can build out from there.

I hope this entry will help you get create more awesome stuff.

Cheers, Bernd (DarkChronicles)
Be sure to check out this awesome KICKSTARTER. More to come. Watch this space.…

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VegettoLovesDBZ Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2017

2.I am a totally Motionbook beginner and have some questions:
A.How you put sound into it!?
B.Where you can found music to your motionbook!?
C.Have you choose this sound to this story and why!?
C.1.I want choose for my stories a Dragon Ball backgroundmusic.
D.How are you moving the pictures!?
E.How many Mangapages can have a motionbook!?
E.1.Can a Motionbook(where you flip only the Mangapages)have more pages,
as a motionbook like yours with Animation(moving and sound)?
E.2.Can your animated motionbook have in the Comic text!?
It would be a dream to have something like this by myself(with my characters).

3.Why Mature content!?I saw nothing special for adults there!?:o (Eek)
DarkChroniclesCom Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thats a lot of questions xD

You can add sounds by uploading a sound file and adding it to the sound layer. Don't forget to set it on play otherwise you wont hear anything.

You can add basically every sound you like but it should be made by yourself or it has to be a free sound (dragon ball music will have a copyright so you won't use that).

Of course you can move pictures by changing their position at any time.

You can add text by adding a text layer. Just give it a try.

I'm not sure if the motion books are limited in the number of pages.

you should check the madefire tutorials. most of your questions will be answered there step by step.
You can find the tutorial on our frontpage ("How to motion book")
VegettoLovesDBZ Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2017
1.Ach Bernd,weist du,das hört sich alles so schwer an.

2.Die blöden Ebenen nerven,ich kapiere das nicht so richtig:XD:
Ich bin ein reiner Gimpanfänger,
eine Text oder Soundebene,ach du meine Güte:nirvana:

3.Also wirds nichts mit der Dragon Ballmelodie,
aber wo kann ich denn im Internet eine Melodie selbst erstellen!?

4.Das mit dem wechseln der BilderPosition begreife ich nicht so recht:XD:

5.Oh,ich denke,es sind so 10 Seiten,
alle Motionbooks,welche ich sehe sind-warum auch immer,so kurz.

6.Wo genau(ist das Tutorial)werden meine Fragen beantwortet!?

7.Ich danke dir für deine versuchte Hilfsbereitschaft:hug:,obwohl das alles andere als leicht istX__X°
DarkChroniclesCom Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Direkt auf der Startseite unter " Welcome to MotionBookArtists" das steht "How to Motion Book" Chapter I - X.
Ja es ist alles andere als leicht. 10 Seiten sind gar kein Problem. Freie sounds bekommst du auf seiten wie, selber welche erstellen ist etwas schwieriger. Es gibt kostenlose Programme wie Audacity damit kannst du sounds editieren etc.
Andernfalls solltest du mal auf dem youtube channel von Madefire selbst nachsehen da gibt es auch ein paar hilfreiche videos.
FortCarey Featured By Owner Edited Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sure this newbie question must have been asked else ware but I can't for the life of me find the answer... I am at present creating my assets in Photoshop CC and for my first attempt at a book I experimented with landscape dimensions of 2048x1536 (this worked out fine)... but for my next book I want to try Portrait... my workflow is that I lay out my assets in Photoshop with a canvas size that corresponds to the Madefire dimensions I want for final publishing. My question is what canvas dimensions (size, Dpi) should I be using if I am to create a portrait orientated comic? 
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