Join Dermot O' Connor for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating sweatbox notes and preparation, part of 2D Animation Principles.
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…Another valuable tool at your disposal, especially when you're directing…a project or overseeing a project, is the sweat box note.…And it's surprising how many people don't actually write these.…I've worked on productions that didn't use…sweat box notes and the result was painful.…So what's a swap box note?…And the director and the leads will sit down anybody who has…a bird's-eye view of the project and write a note for each…scene, and that note travels with the scene, either taped to it,…if it's a physical scene, or as a note inside the file.…
So it could be an FLA file in flash, or various production…files for AfterEffects, Maya, Cinemathority and…so forth, so when the animator, or…whoever, opens the file, they see that note from the director telling them…watch out for this, here's what I have in mind for the scene.…So I'm going to write a sample sweat box note for one of these scenes.…So here's one page of my storyboards, and…I'm going to pick the bottom center scene, 5-0, 50.…Once you have your storyboards down, once you more or less approve them as…
These lessons are designed with Flash in mind, but work just as well with any other 2D animation program.
- Creating gesture drawings
- Comparing storyboard styles
- Squash, stretch, and volume
- Comparing timing and spacing
- Using anticipation, overshoot, settle, overlap, and follow-through
- Creating eccentric walks
- Building stock mouth shapes for dialogue
- Creating thumbnails