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Digital Character Animation 3 by George Maestri

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Chapter Ten. Directing and Filmmaking

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In its most basic form, directing character animation is about telling a story. Characters drive the story, and the story, in turn, further defines the character. A good story gives characters motivation, conflict, and a path of action. Without these things, your characters will not truly spring to life.

Knowing how to tell a good story will help your animation skills immensely. If you understand where a story is in any particular scene, you will have a good idea of how each of the characters needs to act and behave to further the story. For those interested in making their own films, having a good story is ...

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