Creating a Short Animation Creating a short animation from start to finish is a complicated, time-consuming task. It uses all of the skills you have developed while learning your way around your three-dimensional (3D) software while calling for an even broader range: storytelling, asset and time management, organization, acting, and editing. As you work through the process, you will find that each step necessarily builds on everything that went before, and to shortchange or entirely skip one of the steps will lead, surely, to disaster.