Good slow-motion body mechanics reference for running. One of the runners in this video is Tyler Christopher, but they get his name wrong. I went to school with this guy from elementary to high school. Good to see he’s doing so well.
Source: Ivan Gozali
Starting on page 194 of Eric Goldberg’s, Character Animation Crash Course, there’s a few pages devoted to handling smear/multiples frames in your animation. These pages came in handy for a recent assignment I did at Animation Mentor. I ended up compiling a small reel with some of the examples that Eric mentions in the book. The Dover Boys short seems to be the classic example cited when animators talk about using smears, so examples from that short were not included, as you can find multiple posts on the internet analysing those frames, like this one and this one. While smears/multiples should be used sparingly, and are considered a cheap gimmick by some, it sure is a lot of fun to frame through these videos and see all the zany stuff that’s going on that we don’t really notice when we watch them at speed. I figured I’m probably not alone when I say this, and so I’m sharing the reels with you now. Right-click and save the videos from the links below.
I haven’t posted any acting reference in a while. Here’s some good reference from ‘The Departed’ to help you out with eye darts and blinks in intense moments. I love this reference because there’s no dialogue, just listening and thinking. This is the kind of stuff animators LOVE. Well, I do anyways. The files are big because it’s HD, so I zipped them. Click the image below to download.
Here’s a nice clip from ‘The Town’ that’s a great example of changing emotions
The girl starts out very flirtatious (playing with her earring, smiling, pressing her lips together). She’s never met this guy and she’s putting on the usual “I’m interested” act.
Then he starts talking about the 20 dollar bill. She gets a little confused, she’s never heard this one before, but then she genuinely starts to get more interested. The smile she starts to use now is more genuine than the one she had before. This is a subtle change of emotion – she’s went from I’m pretending to be interesting to I’m more genuinely interested.
Finally he mentions the oxy (drugs) and she realizes this person is not who she thought he was, she instantly starts to avoid eye contact, slouches down in her seat, you can feel her getting a little nervous/worried.
Before you have a change of emotion, its helpful to build up a different emotion first, basically its anticipation but with feelings. If you were to animate a character jumping, you would first anticipate them down. The same concept can apply to emotional changes, if you want to have a more drastic change, have the character go from two opposite emotions. (anticipations are usually in the opposite direction of the main movement). So if a character is going to be frightened, have them start more happy/calm. If they are going to laugh from a joke, maybe they start upset/mad. Creating contrast in your emotion change will make for a more interesting animation.
Source: Christian Dan
I happened upon this really cool site and thought I’d share. Movieclips.com features tons of clips from lots of different movies…neat thing though is you can sort by actor, director, cinematographer, props used, mood, theme, etc…which is really beneficial if you are looking for a certain type of reference. Click the image to check it out!
Really cool acting reference. Interesting to note, that while his voice isn’t always spot on, his mannerisms/gestures are.. Our voices are only a small part of who we are…..gestures, timing, posture, mannerisms, etc all contribute to ones character/personality…keep that in mind when animating/creating a character.
I wanted to show this clip from The Way Back because it does a great job showing a fight or flight response. The fight or flight response states that animals/humans react to threats with a general discharge of the sympathetic nervous system, priming the person for fighting or fleeing. Males and females tend to deal with stressful situations differently. Males are more likely to respond to an emergency situation with aggression (fight), while females are more likely to flee (flight), turn to others for help, or attempt to defuse the situation. This clip is a great example of someone going through the fight or flight response.
It starts with Ed Harris piecing a lie together, he has this great subtle little smile once he has figured out the girl has been lying to him, this little moment of realization before he speaks helps the audience know he’s figured something out. Saoirse Ronan’s character instantly gets confrontational, its not over the top, but her voice and pacing let you know she’s afraid/upset. Her reaction is perfect the moment he says “your parents weren’t murdered” the quick head turn, the eye blinks, you really feel she’s afraid, that she’s going into “fight or flight” mode. I love clips like this cause it really shows the battle going in within ourselves, sometimes that battle can be far more interesting than external ones. I did a previous post featuring Saoirse Ronan on my blog here. Mark my words, she’ll have an Oscar in 5 years or less (she’s already been nominated once when she was 13)
I originally posted this on YouTube about five years ago, and then re-posted it a few years later including a higher resolution download. I figured since I’ve started up a YouTube account again, I might as well add it again. All six parts will play automatically below. Enjoy…again