Animate Your Views

You might receive a better response if you present your views in the form of a cool 3D animated film instead of a page with text and images. Xtranormal.com helps you easily create such a film for free.

Step 1

Sign up with Xtranormal.com for free

Xtranormal.com gives you a chance to create your very own animated flick without any knowledge of 3D modelling or even any directorial expertise. Simply play around with the site and you will learn how easy it is. But first, you need to sign up. Here's how:

  • Visit www.xtranormal.com.
  • Click 'Create Account' on the top bar.
  • The registration form will appear on your screen.
  • Visit www.xtranormal.com.
  • Click 'Create Account' on the top bar.
  • The registration form will appear on your screen.

Step 2
Define a purpose for creating your movie
Now that you have successfully signed up for the site, make sure that you are fully aware about the kind of message that you want to put across. Defining your purpose will also help you select the characters that you wish to use in this movie.

  • On clicking the link (as described in the previous step) you will be redirect to Xtranormal.com.
  • Log in using the username and password you had earlier specified.
  • Once on the home page click 'Make Movies'.
  • You will see a few characters that will serve as actors in your movie.
  • Depending on the kind of movie you plan to make you can select any kind of actor and also specify if you want a single actor in your movie or a couple of them.

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Step 3
Direct your own movie
The movie will have to scripted by you, from scratch. But hard as it may sound, it isn't a big deal since Xtranormal.com has a bunch of ready-made controls that you can use in your directorial debut.

  • The movie script page will open up. On the right-hand side you will notice a player that will help you preview your movie as you go about adding details and dialogs to it.
  • On the left-hand side are the controls that will help you direct the movie.
  • You need to pick a scene that suits the topic. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the first of the four options in the 'Design the Scene' section.
  • Select from the list of available scenes and click the 'Apply' button.
  • Click the 'Action' button on the script page for the changes to take effect.
  • Under the 'Write the Script' section you will notice that the speech bubble points to one of your characters. Enter the introductory text in the speech bubble.
  • Click the '+' symbol on the bottom-right corner of the bubble.
  • By doing so you can create a whole conversation. Make sure you click 'Action' for the changes to take effect. To preview it click the play button on the player.

  • You can animate your characters by clicking the second icon on the left (that appears like a man). You need to click this animation effect and drag it to any of the speech bubbles in the script.
  • On doing so a dialog box will appear on your screen. Select the type of action you want to perform and click 'Apply'. Click 'Action' to save.
  • To delete these actions select the icon and delete it from the speech bubble.
  • Similarly, try different camera angles by clicking and dragging the camera icon on the left (topmost), on any of the speech bubbles in the script. Select any of the available camera angles from the dialog box and click 'Apply'.
  • You can use independant camera angles for each character, any time in the movie. Make sure to click 'Action'.
  • Adding emotions to your characters will always help intensify the impact of the movie.
  • Click and drag the 'Expressions' logo on the left pane (third from top) and place it on any speech bubble.
  • Select any one of the expressions from the list that appears on your screen.
  • Adding emotions to your characters will always help intensify the impact of the movie.
  • Click and drag the 'Expressions' logo on the left pane (third from top) and place it on any speech bubble.
  • Select any one of the expressions from the list that appears on your screen.

Published Date: Mar 27, 2010 04:02 pm | Updated Date: Mar 27, 2010 04:02 pm