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Working with Layers

Layers sound complicated, but they’re not. They’re really quite simple, if you’ve ever seen an animated cartoon. Animators work with two kinds of materials, sheets of white Bristol board, or something similar as backgrounds, and sheets of heavy transparent cellophane, called cells. The background holds the things that don’t change: trees, grass, Marge’s kitchen walls, Homer’s couch. There are up to four or five cell layers for each character. Hands and feet move more than heads and trunks, so that the bodies are dismembered and placed on different layers. If Homer is to wave, for example, three or four drawings will be done of just his arm in different positions, from down to up. Then the sequence will be photographed with a different arm in each frame of film. It’s layers that make it possible to see this movement.


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