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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Broadcasting The Inevitable

This clip has been around for at least a few weeks, but even if you've seen it I think it's worth a second look. It's a terrific example of clear broadcasting. For those that aren't familiar with the idea of broadcasting, it is the foreshadowing of upcoming events. Think of it as another kind of anticipation. Broadcasting informs the audience of a character's intent. A good example of this in a scene would be having a character doing practice gestures with a dart that it will eventually be throwing at a target. This action communicates the idea that the character is taking his/her time in aiming the dart in an attempt to hit the target as best they can. It also is a good opertunity to show the thought process of the character.

These small broadcasting gestures can give your scene suble hints of authenticity and hopefully a relatable element of truth. As with most things in animation, broadcasting can be overused or executed poorly, but in this clip it is handled masterfully.


Dr. A


Blogger animatorsnotebook said...

I didn't know there was a name for it specifically as a device.

I just this week ran into thumbnails where I thought "Well if his hand touched here before the big action it'd be an extra layer of depth, because that's eventually going to be the focus of the scene anyhow...then it'll be like he's had a subconscious thought!"

7:56 PM

Blogger Kimotion said...

OK...I...uhh...totally did not see that coming.

3:04 AM

Blogger Evangelist said...

There was not very much barf there.

5:46 AM

Blogger Jean-Denis Haas said...

HAHAHAHA! Poor guy...

That music at the end... Isn't that from a Nintendo game? Sounds familiar...

9:30 AM


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