How to Make an Animation Meme

How to Make an Animation Meme

So- a disclaimer to start off the video: This
is not a rulebook for making memes, nor am I trying to push any standards or rules on
anyone making their own memes. Make anything you want! This is just me pointing out some trends that
I’ve noticed in the community that might push you towards making something popular. Also, second disclaimer, I’m fully aware I
sound like a girl. I’m not. Please be aware of that if you comment because
I’ve been getting that a lot recently. So you wanna make a meme? Well, I, weedcat, with so many successful
memes, just a plethora of them, I am here to show you how! Step One: Choosing a genre Most memes fall into these following categories:
Edgy, Pastel, Silly or Spoof. Edgy memes, first of all-
These memes tend to be darkly colored with backgrounds that are either flat colored or
stock video. The format of an ‘edgy’ meme is usually
a short intro or outro with a few unique frames, while the main structure of the meme is a
bust shot of the character and a few poses Pastel Memes
These memes are brightly colored, but also desaturated. Most colors border on white, with backgrounds
that are either patterns or stock images. The format of a ‘pastel’ meme is usually
more unique than an edgy meme, but tends to have a fullbody of a character dancing at
some point in the video, and many cuts that aren’t explicitly looped character headbops
or motions, but things like items or close-up shots of characters looped or shown instead. Silly Memes
These memes aren’t spoof memes, but rather lighthearted fun memes that utilize a lighthearted
or fun song and animation that is put effort put into it, usually. These memes don’t really have a solid format,
only that the characters are usually not showing much personality, but rather actions. And finally, Spoof Memes
These are the shitposts. The audio that’s from a youtube skit, movie,
etc. That is usually drawn over with still frames
or sketches in more of a PMV style rather than an animated video. Audio tends not to be songs, though it can
be, but rather comedy bits from various sources of media STEP TWO: Choosing a character My number 1 rule for this is- when it doubt,
use a furry. A good portion of the community is also a
part of the furry community. People will click on what they see and relate
to, so use a furry character if you’re not sure what to do. The easiest of these characters to use are
usually fursonas. Of course, this doesn’t mean you can’t
use any other characters- there’s less and less of a divide between anthro characters,
feral characters, and human characters as the meme community takes over the map community. Use what you want! Your character that you choose should also
be based on what kind of meme you want to make- if you want to make an edgy meme or
a spoof meme, most characters should have a developed personality that is shown in the
video. But in pastel and silly memes, characters
don’t tend to show much personality. This is because memes strive off of people
creating them, and to do them, you must be able to insert a character into them. Edgy memes and spoof memes are frequently
changed from person to person, so putting personality in the original shouldn’t be
much of an issue. But with pastel and silly memes, they’re
usually looped animations that are closely copied- try to make them as simple and basic
as possible personality-wise to ensure that people can insert their characters into them. STEP THREE: Drawing the Meme Make sure to choose a good pose format for
your characters- most people tend to stick to one of two formats and keep it consistent
throughout the video: Either a straight on bust shot with movements
in the head and face area Or a fullbody or a knee-up pose with movement
more focused on the torso, shoulders and arms Make sure that your style is consistent both
throughout the video and with the genre of the video you’re trying to make, especially
with the colors Edgy memes have more realistic or a rendered
styles with more anatomically correct characters, and darker colors. They stick to either a saturated palette or
a monochrome one, without much variation in the middle. Pastel memes use a softer style, usually with
more curved lines and experimentation in style, relying a lot on the “chibi” style. Colors fall along the pastel scale, with colors
being completely saturated but more near to white. Silly memes use very bright colors, usually
extremely saturated, and utilize these throughout the whole video, with both characters and
backgrounds. Characters tend to be a mix between cute and
realistic, but falling more along the line of an American cartoon style. This tends to be the most closest (nice grammar),
besides a spoof meme, to the artist’s actual style that they use in most of their artwork Spoof memes, lastly, tend to be flatcolor
on a white background, or sketches, colored or not. Styles are usually a wide range, but are usually
just the artist’s preferred style Theres not much of a style format that goes with
these videos STEP FOUR: Editing the Meme When drawing your meme, keep in mind that
you will be editing- if you want to do a headbop, for example, draw the headbop on a different
layer than the body. Make sure your editing is consistent throughout
the video, especially with quality. Put the same level of effort editing the first
frame as you do the last because most memes have replay quality and people will tend to
notice if there’s a drop in quality at the end
Do not rely too much on editing that will give a shaky, constantly moving, or flashing
effect. While some popular memes use this, and you
surely can yourself, these kind of memes can push away potential creators because of the
uneasy nature of them. It also poses a risk for epileptic viewers,
so put a warning if you do choose to use this technique
Lastly, keep editing easy to recreate, especially if you’re using a program like Vegas or
After Effects. A good portion of the community is using programs
like Windows Live Movie Maker and won’t be able to recreate a lot of effects, and
even those with better programs might not be sure on how to recreate editing STEP FIVE: Posting Posting your meme is a VERY IMPORTANT part
of drawing in viewers to see your video Creating a thumbnail seperate from the video
is a good way to guarantee that your meme will be enticing to click on. If you choose one from the automatically generated
thumbnails, be sure that it’s not blurry. Most thumbnails have a close up or a bust
shot of the character- using a fullbody might get blurry or make people unsure of what it
is USE THE TAGS! I cannot say this enough- USE THE TAGS WHEN
YOU POST. Using tags will rank your video, which means
that when people search for memes, it will show up in the results more often than if
you didn’t tag it. If you use tags, it will continue to get views
after you post it, meaning that people other than your subscribers who initially see it
in (their) subbox will view it too. Finally, make sure that the title is clear! I tend to title mine with the name of the
meme and the fact that it’s an original meme. I also post the character’s name with it,
occasionally, to let viewers learn at least a little bit about my OCs STEP SIX: Forgetting everything I said in
this video The best memes are the ones that are truly
original. While the point of this video was to state
a lot of trends which will be a safeguard for creating a reasonably popular meme, be
sure to break at least a few of these “rules” when making your own- this will make it unique
and it’ll be sure to break out from the crowd, making it popular! Of course, making something completely original
is a risky move, but if you do it enough, it will certainly pay off! Well, if this video inspires you to make an
animation meme, comment below and I’ll be sure to check it out! Also, if anything I stated in the video is
wrong or harmful, tell me below and I’ll be sure to understand and try and fix my mistakes
and clarify what I meant! Thanks for watching, and don’t forget to
subscribe for more meme-related content!

100 Replies to “How to Make an Animation Meme”

  1. Do you know how to get good quality music for the memes? I would say that most artists record, but that method has bad music quality as a result.

  2. Can anyone tell me what the Map community is? It was mentioned in the video but I really hope it’s not the same community I’m thinking about.

  3. Heya, are there any communities, aminos, discords, group son DA and so forth? I've been trying to find locations outside of hoping for youtube will suggest my small video to users. I haven't been able to find a community outside of just the videos themselves, and it would be rude for me to try linking any of my work to someone else's.

  4. I’m bad at drawing do I gonn post the 16 shots but it won’t have the sound so sing 16 shots ;-:

  5. About the editing part, I have no idea what program I should get. (for Windows 10)
    My parents don't want to buy me anything and I have no money myself, so I'm looking for a decent program that you can use for free and make effects and work with layers. Can anyone give me good advise?

  6. Umm… i made a chanell i dont use a computer and i use my tablet is it ok to make a animaton meme?im just a kid

  7. what is the difference between animation meme and actual funny memes. ( someone explain some logic)

  8. ill try to make an meme but it might turn out bad. also the video gave me a lot of edvice
    and helped me out thank you 🙂

  9. but where do I download the songs for the Memes at? I have no idea where to find them at •√•

  10. Omfg I am just gonna get good at drawing then learn how to animate cause all this good information went through my head 😂

  11. I know this video is old but your the only person I Can find who took on the whole how to make animation meme. I wanted to know how you add music to your animations. Do you download it and add it in the animating process, or do you apply it in the youtube editing system, because i plan to add music to my meme but don't want to get into copyright trouble Since im a pretty small channel and would lose any copyright battle that were to come my way.

  12. I was trying to animate the Mighty meme, so I suppose the Pastel genre fits most. My past, static shitposts had a silly style, though 😐

  13. how i animate:
    draw the first frame
    draw 5 more frames
    it took me a whole hour to draw 5 frames
    i try to make it moving
    i give up
    i watch youtube
    i post the meme 3 months after i start it
    the meme was 10 seconds long.

  14. I- made a uhm, animatic to a really old thing, I would like for people to see it… not many people see my stuff Ajldsajld yes i'm asking for views lmao- im sorry.

  15. You make head Bob
    And edgy furry character
    Make it cri and bleed or something

    Put music


    Good job ur done hurray perfect and good vid

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