Part 4 Animation
Let’s keep this part short. This post series is already way too long for a two minute long Youtube video. I’ll just write a little bit about how I animated it and why I animated it like that.
First of all I think that the word “animation” is misleading in this case. Let’s call it "limited animation". (Wow, that’s a fancy word for crappy animation!)
I chose this style not only because it fits the somehow “messy” look of the show, but also because I didn’t have a lot of time and the short had to be done as quickly as possible.
So what’s “limited animation”?
Limited animation means that you only animate what’s necessary for the shot. So if the shot only needs one pose to get the point across, you only draw one pose. That doesn’t mean you have no complex animations. If characters do a complex thing that can’t be simplified you might put a little bit more effort into the shot.
The magic of it is to create very strong poses that read quickly and say everything. I can’t say that I accomplished that but this guy explains it well.
The shots in Hide and Seek which consist of one pose only work because the lines wobble. If nothing would move at all the whole thing would fell apart and it would feel like we’re looking on a still.