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Animation Workflow: Jason Martinsen's Body Mechanics Demo

Animation Workflow: Jason Martinsen’s Body Mechanics Demo

Just came across a fun post on Body Mechanics over on the AM Blog. I’ve posted a few times regarding Jason’s workflow (see below). It’s really nice to see the workflow in this form and the thinking behind many choices. Mechanics is one of the keys to making animation feel right and seeing others points of view only lets you creatively think about your next shot better.

Mike Walling Videos

Mike Walling: Body Mechanics

Hey everyone, this was just sent out in the latest Jason Ryan newsletter.This is what Jason had to say.   “New Awesome Walk Through Video   When I first started in Disney Animation Studios back in Dec 1995, I was really inspired to see legendary animators such as James Baxter, Glen Keane, Andreas Deja, and Eric Goldberg host a series of demos called Chalk Talks.  We would all cram into a theatre and the directing Animators would talk about how they approached animation.  This very event was the spark that lead me to record my own Tutorials back in ’07, Webinars in ’08,’09,’10 and now create the One of my Instructors for has recorded an awesome Body Mechanics Quicktime Video that is now available for purchase and download from workshops. When ever I start to show my work flow, I tell animators that my workflow is just one approach of many, it is so important to see and learn from as many professional animators as you can so that you can develop your own approach.

Mike Walling Videos
Mike Walling Body Mechanics

Mike is amazing at communicating very clearly how he approaches animation.  In his first Video he shows how he uses live action reference as inspiration for his planning and blocking stage.  In his second video he runs through how he polishes his shots into full feature level animation.  We are making these quicktime videos super affordable and downloadable so that anyone who is learning animation can avail of this resource.  Mike really enjoyed the process of making this video so much that he has already planned out his next video”

So check em out and enjoy! You can also check out Mike’s site

Tips on Body Mechanics

Tips on Body Mechanics

The Animation Mentor Newsletter came today and it had some small tips on body mechanics from Wayne Gilbert. An animator that I feel is one of the best at explaining and breaking down simple planning for working through your body mechanics exercises. Lots of what he says can be found in his book on his site You can sign up for the newsletters here. They are always a good resource and great updates on the industry.

So check it out. More on body mechanics to follow. An older post with some more on Wayne Gilbert here.