Animation Feedback Session
I joined Steve's Post Grad Animation session this morning.
Apart from giving me major anxieties because they are doing incredible 3D work, I got some really good feedback on how to improve my work.
Billowing cape, needs to look thinner, (think about Batman's cape in the Batman: Arkham trilogy - capes are notoriously difficult to aminate and one animator was responsible for just working on the cape.)
Over exaggerate movement. The audience needs to see the anticipation when drawing the sword, the movement arc needs to be the full length of the sword and transparent.
Look at the 6 Principles of Animation Physics:
Timing, Spacing, and Scale.
Law of Inertia.
Momentum and Force.
Centre of Gravity.
Weight Gain and Loss.
Think about his unarmed hand and arm, he twists his arm as he raises it, but I could have him move his cape out of the way or counterbalance the weight of the sword.
It might be worth filming and photographing the action again with more exaggerated movement.
I'm going to look at my animation again, and even though the sequence isn't finished yet, I will use this advice to try and improve it.