|Animators: avoid lines like "go ahead punk..."|
The reason that this is a bad idea is that famous lines spoken by famous actors tend to come with too much baggage.
We all have a picture in our heads of the actor speaking the line, and inevitably our animation won't live up to that ideal, and will tend to look pale by comparison.
|11 Second Club|
The solution is to pick lines of dialogue that are good, and intriguing, but spoken by less famous characters. The 11 Second Club monthly competition is very good at doing this. So if you're stuck for a line of dialogue to animate, why not dig through the 11 Second Club archive. The club has been running for many years now, since 2007, and their archive is huge - you'll be spoiled for choice.
Below is a very strong piece of animation done by Animation Apprentice Student Henry Fenwick.
Partly on the strength of this shot, Henry is now working for Jellyfish Pictures, a major animation studio in London.
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