Today’s 10 Second Animation tip comes from the Twitter account of Dreamworks animator Kevan Shorey. It’s a good reminder and tip on keeping that spark of life you often find in your animatic or blocking, all the way to the end of your project.
Kevan says: If you like your blocking keep a movie of it on hand so that you can refer back and make sure your polished work retains that spark.
Often times as animators we can overwork a piece, adding in so much detail work that it becomes a mushy mess. Sometimes less is more, and when we’ve ONLY got keyframes or blocking in place with snappy timing things can appear to be “better” than after we’ve sunk two dozen hours into a scene.
By saving a copy of your early stages you can be sure that the “spark” of life that you captured doesn’t float away into oblivion. It’s easy to forget to do this and just keep working with your original file, saving over the magic you once had! Make a new habit of saving different stages of your piece as separate versions so you can always go back and compare with where you began.