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How to Make Animated Films by Kathryn Spencer, Tony White

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Masterclass 8 

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Anticipation

Class objective: To better prepare the audience for a major action and to give more impact with the action being attempted.

Equipment required: Lightbox, pencil, and paper.

Most students know that Newton's third law is that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. We might use a little artistic liberty with this and say that animators’ first law is “for every action there is a subtle and opposite anticipation.” The ancient tradition of Tai Chi also reflects this understanding by suggesting that before any major movement in one direction there is a slight and subtle movement in the opposite direction ...

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