• Pierre Alexandre

Tricks of the Trade GDC Notes



Tricks of the Trade

Jake Clark, Sophie Evans, Raul Ibarra, Sylvia Chong, Zack Wolfe, Melissa Shim (Animation Bootcamp)


**please acknowledge that those notes aren’t exactly representative of the speaker(s)’ presentation. I tried to stick to the slides as much as possible. Those notes are here to give you a first taste before the original presentation releases on internet**



JAKE CLARK


. Nail down your main poses ASAP (before creating the motion)


. Consider each individual elements (how every part of the character will move)


. Rough you poses light first (3D animators = pose quickly your characters, then refine their poses later)


. Keep your animation sincere (KISS)


. Contrast (poses, rythm…)


SOPHIE EVANS


. Make your workspace work for you (custom and efficient layout in the DCC)


. Cameras : composition, FOV, DOF…


. Lessons from yoga : go to the uncomfortable zone (at the intersection between painful and comfortable)


. Failure is OK, it helps you grow


RAUL IBARRA


. Break the common workflow if it’s not suited to you! (choose your path)


. Animate hips first


. Look at the stain (imagine character as a shape)


. Find your rythm : record your voice, shoot video reference, listen to a song…


SYLVIA CHONG


. Get comfortable with constraints


. Block faster by breaking the rules (be creative with how you use the rig)


. Speed up polishing by simulating secondary motion


. Work smarter not harder


ZACK WOLFE


. Plural skills is good : design + animation


. « Designing animations » : how can you optimize your workflow? (e.g. : re-usable animations between different characters)


. Collaborate with designers


. Use animation to create your design ( e.g. : use the 12 principles and apply them to a design craft)


. Animation is a visual language


. See it from a different perspective


MELISSA SHIM


. Networking can be awkward


. Have a reason to connect


. Be professional (don’t use Facebook)


. Know yourself and your audience (have clear goals)


. Be self-aware of your work (be kind to yourself)


. Do your researches (for your application)


. Always be learning (as for feedback)


. Don’t let failure get you down




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