10 Second Tip: Avoiding Movie Trailers

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In the animation community the release of trailers for upcoming films is big news! On any given trailer release day Twitter is overwhelmed by posts about the video, and it’s harder to avoid spoilers than to learn practically everything about the soon-to-be-released movie. Avoiding them, though, might actually be in your best interest.

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Infographic: Animator Employment

Today we’ve got a quick and visual way to check out the latest data on Animation jobs in the US! (If you find some of the stats rather scary, don’t fret: It’s just an opportunity in disguise. Most of the rewarding things in life are indeed difficult, keep doing your best!)

Animation Industry Stats

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Beyond the bouncing tail

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I bet almost every animator has practiced the follow through and overlapping action principle with tails, bunny ears and/or cloth. These exercises are actually relatively easy and fun and might misguide us into thinking that this is one of the easier principles – but it’s not. Those bits that dangle behind your character and can be added in your last pass of animation are not the core of this golden animation rule!

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10 Second Tip: Think Beyond the Adjective

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Today’s 10 Second Tip sounds so simple but is often done wrong. Thinking about emotions or a character’s state of mind we tend to rely on adjectives (somebody is happy, angry, sad, etc). But this alone only leads to cliché performances; it’s far more important to have the reasons and personality in mind than a one-dimensional adjective. Here are a few examples.

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