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Simplification in animation

Posted on December 8, 2009  4 Comments
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I wanted to post this for a bit but never found the time until today.

One very important concept in animation is “Simplification”. Looking at shots like the following extract from Pixar’s “Presto”, you will realise that animation is not about making hyper realistic motion but rather “to paint it”, with broad brush strokes.

Instead of painfully detailing how Presto unlocks Alec’s cage, the animator only “evokes” the motion of opening the closing mechanism.


4 Responses to “Simplification in animation”

  1. leon w gittens on December 8th, 2009 13:46

    nice post very true indeed, simplicity can be very powerfull, and really sell the complexity of a single motion

  2. Henk on December 12th, 2009 10:18

    Keith Sintay talked about something like this. He said: fast actions don`t need to be accurate. What he means is exactly what you show: just evoke the feeling. Show arcs, force, shapechanges and clear silhouette instead of detail.

  3. Olivier Ladeuix on December 14th, 2009 13:47

    thanks guys. Henk I will be posting something about silhouette very soon. Silhouette is a very very difficult troublesome concept in animation.

  4. Henk on December 22nd, 2009 03:05

    Cool, looking forward it

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