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Chapter 10. Animation Techniques > Animating Your Backgrounds

Animating Your Backgrounds

Backgrounds in traditional animations are created for each shot. But there are plenty of ways to reuse (there’s that word again) a background. Background artists don’t get a lot of recognition, but they are just as important as the character animator. A background artist is charged with creating an environment that fits the actions that take place in each scene. If you’re creating a scary animation, your background probably won’t be a field of daisies with bird’s chirping and rainbows in the sky, now, will it? It will probably be dark and intense. You’re setting a mood. So what kind of techniques can you use in animating a background?

Controlling the panning of the background is also critical when you are working with a looped animation such as a walking sequence. Remember, if your character stops, the background should stop at the same time. Alternately, if your character stops to take a rest and the background keeps panning, you character needs to move backward with the scenery, as if someone were driving by and filming your character as he went past.


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