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Chapter 6. CREATING MOTION GRAPHICS AND ... > KEYS TO CHARACTER ANIMATION

KEYS TO CHARACTER ANIMATION

Now that the title sequence is finished, it’s time to start on the animation for “The Prague Years” itself. Animation uses the mechanics of motion to create characters that come to life. Although it’s impossible to teach the ins and outs of animation in this short chapter, it’s still important to consider the traditional principles of lifelike character animation.

The principles of character animation include important ideas such as Squash and Stretch and Arcs and Anticipation. Developed over many years of trial and error by the animators at the Disney Studios, these principles have stood the test of time. Because developing animation for devices can be fairly limiting, it’s useful to remember that these principles still apply and that following them will make for better animation.


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