How do you create a great pose in animation? Creating great poses is a necessary skill for all animators to learn. In the video above, I suggest nine ways that an animator can create a great pose - the key starting point for a great acting scene.
Creating Great Poses
|Key Pose by Joris Van Laar|
Drawing is Helpful - But Not Essential
Of course, not all animators (especially 3D animators) like to draw, and in this case there may be more reliance on shooting live action reference. But, however you choose to do it, you need to wind up with a series of great poses that tell a story.
Resources on Planning Animation
|Alex Southcombe Acting Pose|
- Medusa Thumbnails by Milt Kahl
- Why thumbnail sketches need facial expressions
- Thumbnail sketches by Pixar's Victor Navone
- Thumbnailing Mrs Copperbottom from "Robots"
- Thumbnailing "Boog" from "Open Season"
- How to Animate a Dialogue Shot
- How to Plan a Pantomime Shot
- How to Plan a Creature Animation Shot
- How to Use Live Action Reference to Plan Animation
- Body Language for Animators
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