Wednesday December 30th 2009
You may begin submitting your questions into this thread and Don will answer them in the order they come into the forum.
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Please keep all questions in reference to animation technique only.
I'll start the ball rolling with some questions from the guys that can't make it today....
Originally Posted by Seth
Here's links to the video seminar:
Owen finished transcribing this seminar a while ago and it's my fault it hasn't gone sooner. Huge thanks to Owen for making these notes:
Video seminar transcription 12/30
Why are rough drawings better looking than clean up drawings?
Rough Drawings always have more feeling in them than a clean up drawing. When you are doing a rough drawing your idea is coming from the sub conscience and your feelings and your thoughts are going right into the drawing. When you do a clean up drawing it's a conscious mental effort. Those same feelings are not being imbued into the pencil. The rough drawing will always outshine the clean up drawing.
Why do we need clean-up drawings?
Clean-up drawings are necessary because in order to color it because you need to close off the shapes / gaps in the lines of your drawings.
I can draw, but then I start animating and then I quickly become lost. What can I do?
1. Spend time visualizing inside your head.
2. Ask yourself: What is the focus of your the scene?
Is it best to animate in complete silence?
You should do whatever inspires you. I like to listen to classical musical similar to Mozart or Beethoven.
How do I animate two or more characters on screen?
If you have two or more characters on screen, you can't focus on both of them at the same time. Keep your focus character active and your dialogue can be expressed with body language. The sub dominate characters should be kept slightly alive, moving very little.
In live action, for example, actors try to steal scenes from each other. If you put two actors on a screen together they are mischievous and what they will do is try and put extra movement in their performances so that it will take eyes off the actor in focus who is doing the dialogue. It makes it very frustrating for the actor who is supposed to be in focus.
How long does it take to learn animation?
Animation takes a little while to learn. I remember when I started -- just merely moving my drawings around was a challenge. It took about two and half to three years before I felt comfortable performing as an animator. And then suddenly little light bulbs went on saying, "Oh that's what I'm supposed to be doing." It does come to you, but you have to be persistent about learning the principles. Animation is like music, in that, the more you study music, the more you know what music is trying to do, that same feeling will spill over into your animation. Avoid cliche, find ways to entertain and remember you have to entertain yourself first.
When you were animating Banjo the Woodpile Cat, did you study the voice actor's facial expressions?
No, I think we were mugging. We just had our characters pulling funning faces. It would have been better to give facial expressions to the character that reveal something about his/her feelings. And thats something that's more difficult to do.
Are you going to re-issue the Art Storyboarding?
It's not up to Don to re-issue the book but it might happen. Don wants to make a new book which he will retain all the publishing rights.
Are you interested in writing an autobiography?
Gary has expressed interest in chronicling our journey but my interest is in education.
What do you think about animation software?
Animation software is a tool. If you are into pencil drawing, stick with Digicel, its a good program. You can take your rough animation through cleanup, color and final production shooting and the software is priced affordable.
Cyber Garage Project:
What frame rate are we working on for the Cyber Garage Project?
24 frames per second. Not 30 frames per second, 29.97 or anything else.
Can we change the length of our scenes?
No. Do not add or remove frames from the marked footage. If you do, or plan to, please let us know. Because otherwise we can't use that scene as it is.
Last edited by jeremyhopkins; 01-24-2010 at 01:58 AM.
Hello Don, when you're designing a new character how much reference do you use for the design?
Live streaming seminar
Today, we are going to try a new approach to the seminar. As well as typing the answers to questions in this forum, we're also going to stream the seminar over the web. To view this stream, you must setup an account at this website:
http://www.ustream.tv/ : After you setup your account, run a search for our username: DB-Animation
You will be prompted for a password to access the stream. The password is: logical
Special thanks to Jeremy Hopkins for the research into this service.
At this time, I've been unable to view the live test stream over the same network we're streaming from using a different username but other Don's Club members had no difficulty watching the live test stream of our Fat Dog, Kelly.
Let's see how it works out.
Last edited by Dave; 12-30-2009 at 03:03 PM.
heya Dave,are you broadcasting now?I've searched and I get no results
Sorry, there are no live results for DB-Animation
see if this link works, its a direct link to the channel
Originally Posted by pengy300
thanks willw. I am in!
It is working for me