David Shepstone - AnimationSpeaker Notes(Note: the images in this deck are notthe work of David Shepstone)
“Seventy percent of my time isspent planning the process”
Splined•Splined: When theanimator creates anumber of poses for theirmodel, and then thecomputer animates theprocess of going from onepose to another•From the mathematicalterm “Spline,” a curvethat connects two ormore points
Blocking•Plotting the movement ofall agents in a scene orframe•E.g. Two actors (ormodels) are speaking.One is standing, the otheris seated in the chair. Theperson in the chair leapsand runs out of frame.The person standing turnsto watch them go.
The Assignment•He is often givenseveral scenes to workon•He plans out theblocking and the posesof the models on thescreen
Reference Material•He often acts the sceneout physically, doing theblocking and recordingthe performance•Recording acts as areference for theanimation
It Takes a Long Time•At one point, he saidthat a 3-second cliprepresented five weeksof work•