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Physics for Animators by Michele Bousquet

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Chapter 3Forces

As an animator, you probably already think about motion a great deal. “The character moves to the left,” or “The boulder falls off the cliff and hits the ground,” are the types of notes you might find in a storyboard or script, and then it’s up to you to make the motion happen visually.

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Storyboard with lots of motion. Where does the force come from?

Animators and filmmakers are accustomed to planning motion without thinking too much about the forces behind the motions. A film director instructing an actor to jump up and down isn’t thinking about gravity; he just wants to see the motion. A scene might call for an old, noisy factory ...

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