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Ken fountain: Why animating “scenes” is good

Some more insightful thoughts about animation process from Ken Fountain. He talks about what he feels is important to animating multiple characters in a scene rather than the lonely one character shots.

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“Handle multiple characters across multiple shots – “acting is reacting”.
You’ve produced plenty of single character test shots up to this point – enough lonely rigs spouting soliloquies in front of the camera for no particular reason. It’s now time to do what real film animators are tasked with every day: communicate relationships. The body language shared between your characters on screen is your most important tool in telling the story. It’s time to get that part of your tool set polished and ready for the big leagues.” Ken Fountain.
Also check out his AnimTips page for some great stuff including this on observing animation.

Wizards in my Machine

Ken Fountain and his studio Crackerbox just released a teaser for their latest project Wizards in my Machine. It looks like a ton of fun.

For those that haven’t seen it you can check out my interview with Ken on the interviews page of the site. He talks a little bit about Crackerbox and shows some workflow stuff from GeoMe.
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More from Splatfrog: Ken Fountain talks about Eyes and Finger Tips

Ken is really rolling out the Podcasts…I can’t keep up! But he is giving up some amazing tips on things to think about while animating acting shots. This one below is about how you could use the eye movements as your guide to laying out emotion in your characters. Fun stuff!

The Eyes Have It! – Podcast #07 from Ken Fountain on Vimeo.

He also just released another on the importance of animating all the way to The Finger Tips! Great looking character.

Always inspiring stuff from Ken Fountain!

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This is my full interview with Ken Fountain where he talks about his animation workflow, current projects and more. Ken breaks down a shot from Monsters vs Aliens and takes us through a quick example of using smears. 

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