I recently came across http://www.xtranormal.com – an excellent website which creates an animated cartoon from a simple comic script.
You just choose your background, the ‘actors’ who speak your words, the accent that they use and any background noise, and the site will mix them together with your script to create a cartoon. It’s brilliant!
You can even choose the camera angles for each spoken phrase, add character movements and even facial expressions. And if you’re not happy with the built in voices, you could record your own voice instead (though I think that the clunky phrasing adds to the humour of the cartoon).
Want to make an animated webcomic?
Although I’ve used this to create two promotional cartoons for The Webcomic Marketing Masterclass, you could use it to run your own regular webcomic in movie format.
Here are my ‘efforts’, featuring Crab Man and Broccoli Boy!
Once I’d written my script, it took me about an hour to make each cartoon (that’s fifteen minutes to create the first draft cartoon, then 45 minutes mucking about with character movements and camera angles!). So if you have no artistic skills, this may be an option for you.
So, what does it cost?
Well, it works on a ‘points’ system. When you sign up, you are given a number of free points with which you can make a couple of cartoons without spending anything. Depending on the actors and background used, and whether you want a title page displayed, you could spend anything between 50 and 200 points on a cartoon. The good news is that you can buy 1200 points for just $10, so you could make a cartoon for just 50 cents.
Based on the time you would save for creating each strip, it’s well worth it.
The only downsides are that you couldn’t create merchandise featuring xtranormal’s characters (as they own the rights), plus you’d have to pay a $50 monthly fee if you wanted to remove the xtranormal logo from the strips (which isn’t very obtrusive anyway).
Let me know if you liked the cartoons!
Oh, and Happy New Year!
All the best,
The Comic Academy
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