Sunday, 17 May 2015

The Secret of Great Animation - Fagin Thumbnails by Glen Keane

Oliver and Company
The secret of great animation is in the planning. Open up a copy of Maya, the leading 3D software, and you just get a blank screen. With CG animation you get nothing for free; you must fill the blank space with creative, entertaining animation. As this free video shows, the secret of great work is to thumbnail - that is to say, to plan out your work with sketches and scribbles which create a kind of road map of where you want to go.  Master animator Glen Keane shows how it's done.





The video above talks through some thumbnails done by the great animation master Glen Keane - these were prepared for one of his shots in Oliver and Company. It's not one of Disney's greatest films, but it is full of excellent animation. Look closely at the thumbnails, check out the final shot, and you will see how closely Glen's planning matches his final animation result.

And this really is the secret of great animation. Plan it out well, think it through, and know in advance what it is you want to do. Do this right, and your shots will always work. Fail to do this, and you will have difficulty creating great animation.



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