Rhythm for Animators

Mickey Mousing If you look at early animation from the 1920’s and 1930’s, you’ll see a lot of what came to be known as Mickey Mousing. Characters were mostly animated to the beat of music and what you ended up with was a lot of really even timing. Nobody really …

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Rhythm for Everyone

Rhythm Rhythm is everywhere. There’s rhythm in the music you listen to. There’s a rhythm to the way you talk, and the way you move. The motor in your car has a rhythm. The cycle of day and night follows a rhythm. The phases of the moon follow a rhythm. …

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Violent Consequences

There’s a recurring conversation in this country about the relationship between violent imagery in our entertainment and violent behavior in our society. …

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Mocap is not the Devil

Every time a new technology comes along, people get scared. If that technology promises any sort of “labor savings” the fright takes …

Striking Fundamentals part 3

In Part 2, I showed the little diagrams I’ve been using to clarify in my own mind the components of striking, and …

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Mixing Paint in After Effects

The Martin Scorsese movie The Aviator follows the life of aviation mogul Howard Hughes through different periods of his life. The director …

Striking Fundamentals part 2

In part 1, I talked about the difference between training martial arts yourself and depicting martial arts in animation. I want to …

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Striking Fundamentals part 1

Animators and martial artists both must study movement. However, the difference between the two is when an animator expresses that movement they …