Sunday, October 28, 2012

Week 5: Anticipation and Squash & Stretch

Up to this point, no real motivation or personality has been given to the animated objects in our scenes; however, this week would change all of that. Perhaps one of the most difficult assignments so far, we were given the task of animating a bouncing ball through an obstacle course. Of course, we were given the standard set of guidelines: side view, squash & stretch, weight of a basketball/soccer ball, settle on screen, and a 60-120-frame limit. So how exactly would we be adding motivation and personality to a bouncing ball? Through anticipation and squash & stretch.

So, what exactly is anticipation? Anticipation is defined as setting up an action through the means of storing and releasing energy. How does one apply that to animation? It is through squash & stretch. Squash & stretch is seen everywhere whether we realize it or not. It is seen in the body, limbs, and, most noticeably, the face. Without anticipation, the object has no inertia or momentum.

"Any animation consists of anticipation, action, and reaction" - Bill Tytla

The amount of anticipation determines the expected speed of the action. A small anticipation will correlate to a small action; a large anticipation, large action. But how far should you take it? I have heard that you should PUSH IT as far as you think, and then push it TWICE as far. It’s better to push it too far and have to dial it back, than to do a handful of revisions with each revision slightly further than the last.

With that, here are the sketches and animation for this week’s assignment.

Planning: Obstacle Course

Animation: Obstacle Course

And finally, we had a pose to complete. This week was devastation. It’s actually quite difficult to do a non-cliché devastated pose. Here’s what I eventually came up with.

Planning: Devastation Sketches

Pose: Devastation

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