Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Recent article for Animation Mentor


2 comments:

Cloud said...

Hi .. Wayne Sir ,

My name is Mahesh , 21 years, from India ,

And I'm animation student and I'm learning on my own.

I have read your articles , specially i like the way you emphasize on weight , i have two questions ,

like we go into gym and workout , there are significant exercises that we know are useful for which specific muscles,
i mean when we are working out , we see that are we getting stress on specific muscles because of that specific exercise and if not we realize that we are doing the exercise in wrong way and make some changes in the way we are doing ..

In animation I want to know that for learning specific principles which are the good exercises that emphasize on particular principles more , like lifting weight or jump .. but can you tell us that which principles are emphasized in that good exercises , like may be weight shift , reversals , arcs , overlapping

1. will you please suggest 10 specific exercises and their specific outcomes (which principles they exhibit)


Another question in your book on Planning , you have shown that during planning we are suppose to block some rough timing ,
for beginner like us.

2.what daily exercises we should do to improve the sense of timing ? ( i mean some people say that Learning Music helps timing too )



Shawn always talks about you in his articles , what you have done for your students and still doing is precious thing any teacher can do. And the students are really really fortunate that they are guided my such great hands ,

I wish i should have someone to mentor me

and also i really feel privileged and i'm really grateful that I have got the platform to communicate with you ..

Thank You so much for taking time .. to read and reply ..

God bless you .. keep creating .. keep animating .. keep guiding ..and keep growing :)

Mahesh Pagar | www.bramhaa.com

Wayne Gilbert said...

Well Mahesh, this reply shows you how often I check my blog. I'm not much of a social network person so I start with - sorry for the delay.

Animate a character stepping onto a knee high box, four different ways.

Animate a character jumping onto a box. Make the box at a height that he barely makes it. Now have the character jump off of the box. Landing and recovery are where to focus attention as they are more difficult than take off.

All of the principles of motion come into play except performance.

Lead and follow exercises are a great way to develop a feel for natural movement and timing. Practice with a character's arm only. Have the arm start at the character's side and lift a light object (mug)onto a table and set it down. Now lift a heavy mallet and slam it down on the table.
Lead and follow - shoulder/elbow/wrist/fingers

Once you have been successful with the arm only, do the same with the entire body.

Again - sorry for the delay, I will visit my own blog far more often now.

Initiating and altering forces are the most important things to plan.

Timing - study reference of specific actions and time them with a stop watch or do a frame count and convert it to seconds. Timing in animation is based on an understanding of movement and having a critical eye for what is right. Animators decide how things move and must also decide the timing of movement.

Timing is the most difficult element to learn.

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