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  1. #1
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    Mar 2009

    The Good Ol' Flour Sack done right

    I found the piece posted below on Mark Mayerson's animation blog . (well worth bookmarking and visiting frequently if you don't already have it bookmarked.)

    The classic "Flour Sack Animation Test" animated by Ron Zorman , animated on a Cintiq tablet in TVPaint Animation:

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    <embed src=" ow_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=00a def&fullscreen=1&autoplay=0&loop=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="450" width="600"></object>

    In his blog post where I found this test , Mark Mayerson wrote some very perceptive words about what makes this simple test so appealing , which I'll quote in full here , although I encourage you to check out Mark's blog and add it to your bookmarks because he always has good stuff to share about animation --

    "This animation test by Ron Zorman is a clear reminder of the expressive power of motion. These days, motion is either limited and cliched or buried under textures and effects. Animation also veers between stylization with no resemblance to human behaviour or a leaden attempt at realism that fails to achieve the complexity of live acting.

    The above is stripped bare: no sound, no colour, no texture, no face, few details. Just line. Yet the way the flour sack moves presents us with a character that is indisputably alive. We can read the character's mind. We can empathize with the character's experiences. All of that is accomplished purely through motion.

    The principles of animation are all here: Anticipation, stretch and squash, overshoot and recoil, line of action, follow through & overlapping action, drag, staggers, slow ins and slow outs, contrast in timing, etc. While an animator can pick them out, they're invisible to the audience because all of them are based on motions we've experienced in life. The motion is, in terms used by Chuck Jones, 'believable as opposed to realistic' .

    This is the core of what animation is. Everything else is elaboration."
    Last edited by DNethery; 04-14-2012 at 10:02 AM. Reason: fixed link

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    Jun 2009
    wowow,,boss....thanks for sharing here...wonderful piece of animation,,,,,yess..worth to bookmark his blog.

    Thanks David:laughing:

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