How to make a cartoon Masha and the Bear

How to make a cartoon "Masha and the Bear"

Animation Studio "Animaccord" was founded in 2008. The first project is the famous cartoon “Masha and the Bear”. Now 52 series have already been released, and one of them, “Masha Plus Porridge”, has gained a billion views - so much on YouTube has not yet been scored by any Russian video. “Masha and the Bear” are watched by children not only in Russia, but also in 22 countries of the world - for example, in South Korea, Israel and the USA. In addition to this cartoon, the studio still has two projects: “Machines of a fairy tale” and “Mashkin horror stories”. "Masha and the Bear" was created by 3D-animation technology in HD.

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1. The cartoon “Masha and the Bear” Oleg Kuzovkov, the artistic director of the studio, began to study in 2007 (although he had been carrying the idea since 1996). At first I was looking for investors, then I started working on a team. “Do you want to be a director? I am starting a cartoon here, ”recalls Denis Chervyatsev, screenwriter for Masha and the Bear, a phone call from Oleg Kuzovkov. Up to this point, Denis Chervyatov was engaged in advertising 3D graphics, but he always wanted to participate in the process of creating cartoons.That's why I agreed. At that time there was no script - there was only a synopsis of the first series: the girl Masha got lost in the forest, where she met the Bear. Then Kuzovkov with Chervyatsov begin to write the script of the first series. Oleg Kuzovkov clearly represented the character of both the Bear and Masha. “They were initially very colorful, so the stories themselves began to be strung together,” says Denis Chervyatsev. The script was ready, but there was no one who brought it to life. Then the art directors turned to familiar studios, who agreed to make a cartoon.
2. Finished first series posted on YouTube. Neither with hire, nor with TV then there were no arrangements yet. Artistic director of the project “Mashkin horror stories” recalls how they followed the comments of users with bated breath. Very soon, the cartoon supported the VGTRK channel, and then it was shown in the program "Good night, kids." It became clear that the cartoon is in demand, so you need to continue release. Gradually, the team began to gather, now about 100 employees work in the studio. One series lasts about seven minutes, its production takes on average three to four months.Four series are in development at once.

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3. It all starts with the script, which is written by the founder of the studio, Oleg Kuzovkov. The description of the whole action that unfolds in a series fits on just a pair of A4 sheets. After the script is ready, the artist in accordance with it draws each scene - it makes a storyboard. This is a storyboard that helps the team understand what is happening in the series. Drawings in a storyboard can be up to 2 thousand, and not necessarily all the scenes fall into the cartoon.

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6. Then the storyboard enters the 2D-animatic section. Here, experts place pictures in chronological order on the “ruler” and divide them into episodes. It becomes clear how many minutes each episode will last, how the characters will interact and what the main character says - Masha. After that, they voice it - they record the voice of dubbing actress Alina Kukushkina, who is now 14 years old. And she became “Masha” when she was only six. True, the new series of the third season is voiced by the actress Varya Sarantseva. At the same stage, the position of the cameras is set.

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9. Then flat 2D-objects and characters translate into 3D volumetric figures. This is done by the modelers.The database stores all the items that were involved in the cartoon. Therefore, for example, for Masha or the Bear, it is not necessary to create a new model every time (if they are in the frame in the “classic form”). But in all series there are such things that are present in the frame for the first time - for example, new hats, houses, transport. All this prop is created from scratch: first the artist draws it, then they give it to the 2D animatic section and finally to the 3D animatic.

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10. Each such model goes to the setup. Here, the specialist attaches control elements to all moving parts, by pulling which you can revive everything that should not be static in the frame. All this is done for animators who can make the curtain sway in the wind, Masha to dance, and the Bear to be perplexed. Modelers also work through all the extreme forms of the characters' emotions, such as laughter, crying, surprise. After the objects are modeled, they go on texture. Here from the gray blank is obtained a full-fledged color character. It is painted, putting on it a texture that the artist had previously painted.

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11. Finally, animators come into play who control everything in the frame, like puppets.That is, they literally open the doors, take books from the shelf, make a lip-sync - set the position of Masha's lips in accordance with the sounds she makes. In this case, it is necessary to take into account the mood with which the heroine speaks - happy or sad. In order to know the text, animators listen to his record in headphones. This whole process can take two to three months.

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14. After the animation, the cartoon enters the render, where experts impose textures on the gray models and arrange the light in the frame. All the characters and their environment becomes as realistic as possible: characters appear in hair, animals become overgrown with hair, needles grow in trees. Plus, the render already shows the time of day, the time of year and the weather sets.

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15. Then the cartoon is sent to the final stage - the composite, the specialists of this department work on the layers, processing them, aligning them with the intensity of color, dynamics and combining them into one finished product. The final version of the cartoon is coordinated with the artistic director, and then the series is poured on YouTube and iTunes.

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  • How to make a cartoon Masha and the Bear

    How to make a cartoon Masha and the Bear

    How to make a cartoon Masha and the Bear

    How to make a cartoon Masha and the Bear

    How to make a cartoon Masha and the Bear

    How to make a cartoon Masha and the Bear

    How to make a cartoon Masha and the Bear

    How to make a cartoon Masha and the Bear

    How to make a cartoon Masha and the Bear

    How to make a cartoon Masha and the Bear

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