Wednesday October 20th 2010
We are starting this thread early to give members a chance to upload any video or images they want critiqued in October 20th seminar. The best format for video clips is .MOV files (MPEG-4 Quicktime videos).
Throughout the week, Dave will try to incorporate as many images and video clips as possible into the live seminar.
The deadline for clips and images to be critiqued in the live seminar is Tuesday October 19th, 2010 @ 5:00 PM sharp AZ time.
Here is the New Link to watch the live Seminar.
You must be logged into your Don's Club account to see the stream.
Please post ALL questions in this thread.
Last edited by OwenWelsh; 10-20-2010 at 03:19 PM.
1. When timing animation, I understand that a timing chart is drawn on the paper to indicate where the poses should be drawn in the sequence. Is a timing chart ever used for secondary animation or only for primary animation? Will secondary animation elements such as flowing hair ever need to be timed differently than the main elements?
2. I remember you said in one of the seminars that the first drawing on paper is usually the best, and that tracing over a drawing never looks as good. How is cleanup of a rough animation pencil test accomplished without erasing or degrading the important lines?
Missed the question, will repost
Last edited by DaveLav; 10-23-2010 at 03:13 PM.
Hello Don and Dave
Thankyou Don, for last weeks advice for some reason I wasn't able to send or type messages but saw the seminar I reworked the space girl drawing I posted the original and the revised one.The whole idea of creating a story really helped,Dave your so funny, for alien research use Canadians hahahahaha. Hey I'm Canadaian why am I laughing?grrr. Thankyou both so much for doing this I live in a very small town 3 animators total ,one computer animator, a stopmotion animator and myself thats it.
I just bought your DVD collection and am looking forward to getting it in the mail.
I atttempted a dialog test well after much toil and turmoil I came out with a very rough centaur animation. I attempted to film my self for reference, picture a 2by4 with muppet arms stapled on, and that is pretty much my acting ability.I'm using a sound clip from the Black Cauldron. The first time I tried to animate it I had his back turned to the audience for half of the dialog, I threw it out remembering the stage rule I learnt in a grade 5 school play never turn your back on the audience. Then there was to much movement I toned it down a bunch. Trial and error here it is. I put it basicly on 8s Thankyou Don and Dave.
A couple of Questions
Have you ever done any stop motion animation If so how did you like it?
I have heard it said that doing sculpture improves ones animating and drawing abilities do you think this holds true?
Last edited by andrew sharp; 10-20-2010 at 01:58 PM.
Don they say that an animator is only as good as his material. When we say "material," does that mean material provided by others like; the director, layout, designers, dialogue, situation and writing?
Dialogue can carry many accents in the phrasing. Is it important to hit every accent in the dialogue, or is it better just to do one or two of the accents? Basically, simplify it.
Don after we plan our animation on 8s and then 4s I assume we would then add details to our characters. But when would we then add in our overlapping action? On the 4s? Or should we take our animation to 2s and then add the secondary movement.
Don you've stated that traditional animation is basically ham acting. Is this something we should continue to do? Or should we seek for better acting that is more subtle and less broad. It seems that it is easier to make a scene entertaining if the action is loud and broad and only occasionally have a few quiet subtle moments.
Don I was recently watching an animated film that had a character climbing a very tall ladder and the camera panned up as he was climbing it. How can we accomplish vertical pan moves where the character has to interact with the background? Should we rotate our animation discs 90s and animate that way?