|The Iron Giant|
I learned a great deal from him both as a director and an animator. Brad's style of directing was always clear; he always knew what he wanted, and how to communicate it to the animators.
One of the cleanest and most useful concepts I learned from him was the importance of "The Magic Circle" - a simple rule of composition, and the animator's best friend in a tight spot. Here is how it works.
|The Magic Circle|
Lots of inexperienced animators break this rule. And, like most rules of composition, it can be broken successfully - but only if you know what you are doing. Learn the rules first, understand them, then break them. But do so reluctantly.
Below is a short video I recorded a few years ago which explains the Magic Circle in more detail. It's less than two minutes long.