X-SHEET or The tool I use to plan my shot?

Hi everybody, Traditional animators always use to have an Exposure Sheet to plan their shots and transmit the information to inbetweeners. Besides, they used to combine this planning with some thumbnails… Personally, […]

B-SHEET or The tool I use to sort the director's notes

Hi everybody, As I explained in a previous article, it is essential to recover all the information needed to create your shot. (See CASTING & LAUNCH) Many of us simply take note of these notes in a notebook but […]

OBSERVATION or How to read a reference video?

Hi everybody, You surely have heard that the key to be a good animator lies in those 3 words: Observation, observation and observation. It seems quite easy but when you're starting in the world of animation, you may ask yourself: “Ok, I go […]

REFERENCES or How to find inspiration for your shot?

Hi everybody, When I was studying illustration, the director of the school used to say: “We are big standing on the shoulders of giants” If you are lucky to work in a studio, you'll be able to check the storyboards, animatics, recordings […]

“PATEGO” or The magic word to create a good shot

Hi everybody, PATEGO means stupid in Portuguese…Done, end of the post! Ok, I gonna explain a little bit more. Have you ever wondered how, along an animation production, planes or people who had special […]

GLOSSARY or the most used terms in 3D animation

Hi everybody, People often asked me the meaning of this or that word… The truth is that is not easy to clarify terminology so I've noticed that some animators used to be confused with the […]

TIMING o What are the 3 Keys to a good Timing?

Hi everybody, It is easier to detect bad timing problems rather than to explain how to do it right, Yet I think from my point of view, it's like the sense of rythm, it's quite innate. Basically, the timing is […]

STAGING or How to make a Rough Blocking?

Hi everybody, To do a Rough Blocking, it only takes few steps but, from my point of view, it is the most important phase. Once an animator told me : “The aim of blocking is rough […]

TECHNICAL LAYOUT or How to prepare a scene?

Hi everybody, As they often say : “Prevention is better than cure”. That's why when it comes to start a drawing, In addition to good planning, It is convenient to have a good technical layout. Often I had to rethink a blocking […]