AM - Class One Q&As

Yayyy !! Finally.. Class two has started after two weeks of waiting!! but before we get into that I still have some unfinished business with class one!!

I would like to take a moment to talk about the Q&As we had with our mentor Adam Green.

As I probably have mentioned in earlier posts, each week we have what's called a Q&A session where we get to see our mentor live through a video camera talking about different aspects of the animation industry, and we get to ask questions.    Working at Disney and  BlueSky, Adam had so much information to share from his past experience,but since our small
group of students was the quiet type, it was all up to him to fill this weekly hour with juicy tips & interesting stories.

On our last Q&A he told us about his inspiring story struggling to learn animation, and all the devastation he faced from people around telling him that he made a bad choice for his career becoming an animator because he sucked at it (at the time).. but he ignored all that and kept on practicing and climbing up the ladder until he became the animator he is today.
He used an inspiring phrase that caught my ears which was "the ones who make it through are the ones who don't give up"
So always keep that in mind young animators!!

Anyways, here is a couple of notes that I wrote down during these Q&As:

- Characters are very similar to a bouncing ball in the way they move, squash & stretch, hang time.
- Workflow is very important, take your time on planning & blocking, it will make your job of splining the shot easy later on.
- Keep your timeline & graph editor clean, so you'll be prepared if there is any changes in the future.
- When animating a walk, offset the keys of the body a couple of frames from the foot for a better sense of body wight.
- When applying squash & stretch, stay faithful to the the material your animating, rubber, wood, metal..etc.
- Everything moves in arcs, so always keep track of your arcs.
- Do not over animate your shots.

At the end of each term, the mentor will make an assessment for each student he mentored during the class.
Here is what Adam had to say for me:

Areas of strength: EXCELLENT first term Manar. Overachiever through and through. I could fill this page up with positive things to say about you. You have a bright future and I'm excited to see what you do in AM and in your career. You have a lot of talent, great instincts and a huge imagination. Nice work.

Areas of improvement: The only thing I can say is that your one weakness is letting your enthusiasm for animation sometimes overwhelm what you're trying to say with the animation. The animation can be too broad or too busy. At Disney, we call this "over-animating." When you're animating a film for a director, many times over-animating can be worse than making bad animation. I think in the future you should focus on being more discerning about your choices, and finding a balance between nailing the focal point of a piece of animation, versus bombarding the audience with tons of motion (no matter how sophisticated that motion is). I think you'll find that the more you "keep" from the audience, the larger the contrast will be when you "really give it to them." It's all about finding that balance, and I've learned that the best animators are masters at minimizing what's unimportant as much as they are at maximizing what is. Regardless, you're very talented and you'll go far. Never stop learning. Good luck Manar!!!!!

With this highly appreciated advice from my mentor Adam Green I will wrap up my posts for class one.

Class Two.. coming up!!


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