Chapter 4

Exploring Animation, Story, and Pre-visualization

3D animation has borrowed concepts from many other fields. You must be willing to study these principles from other disciplines to become a well-rounded 3D artist. Traditional animation techniques, story creation, and pre-visualization still resound in today’s digital world, and you need to have a good grasp of those ideas to succeed.

This chapter presents an overview of some of the most important concepts in your journey of 3D animation. (The next three chapters cover modeling, texturing, rigging, animation, visual effects, lighting, and rendering in more detail.) You’ll begin with some specific animation concepts. Then you will look at story creation, because as a 3D animation artist—even ...

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