Animators by day Animation teachers by night.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Shot Surgery

Got a problem area in your shot that just isn't working?
Afraid to change the shot for fear of wasting time or destroying what you have accoplished?

Presenting Dr. A's 30 minute solution.

Step 1: Save your work
Step 2: Record (and save) a playblast recording
Step 3: Spend 30 minutes on selling new idea
Step 4: Record (and save) a new playblast recording
Step 5: Compare recordings and decide which one is best

If the new version isn't better, you can go back to your old version knowing that you only took 30 minutes.
If the new version is better, you can proceed knowing that you only took 30 minutes to get there.

Hope this helps.

-Dr. A


Blogger I Dont Know said...


10:05 AM

Blogger Ryan Hagen said...

Or you could use Grease Pencil by Jason Schiefler. Works for me. I use it pretty early in my process but it does help quite a bit.

10:14 AM

Blogger cléclé said...

je suis désoler mais je ne compren rien , car je suis française!!!!!

10:18 AM

Blogger Adam Strick said...

Very cool idea! I will definitely be trying to apply that in future animations! It's such a basic idea and can be a great way to try and better your work! Thanks.

10:46 AM

Blogger Evangelist said...

Do you have a link to a site with some of the work you have done?

Check out my work at

1:05 PM

Blogger Elliot said...

Can anyone fill me in on what a "playblast" is?

1:07 PM

Blogger Catalina Pimentel said...

Hi! well, I never have read a bog in english... so im Chilean xD
You know, kisses from Southamerica

3:21 PM

Blogger byenotanloser said...

interesting post..Came here from blogger..

10:02 PM

Blogger Charles Looker said...

Plan, plan and plan some more. Thumbnail everything and act it out, then mount on desktop...

..3 years goes by.

err...ive got 400 post-its stuck to my monitor!

eek p.s,
i also spend a day or evening before thinking about the animation.

10:13 PM

Blogger Harry "Hare" Sanchez said...

Indeed!!! Great tip, I'll be using this forEvEr now--awesoMe!! Thanks for the tip...thanks for the posts...and thanks for having a ~Great Blog~

11:10 PM

Blogger R2K said...

Yes... But I would be at the 29 min mark thinking: just 5 more min! Or, at the 20 min mark thinking, this isnt working, I want to stop now. :) The hard part is in the execution, not in the theory.

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3:47 PM

Blogger Vyli said...

nice blog

6:43 AM

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