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The Animator's Eye by Francis Glebas

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Chapter SixIt’s Alive! Animating Inner Life

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The second set of principles is related to the inner life force of your characters. These are principles that expand upon the physical principles to make your audience believe that your characters have volume and mass but, more importantly, that your characters are truly animated with an inner life force—they’re alive.

Animation can create the illusion of life even with abstract shapes, as long as those shapes move with purposefulness. Shapes might move like they’re blown in the wind. They’re moving but not alive. If those same shapes start chasing each other we begin to get a sense of life. They appear ...

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