This speech was an overview of the 12 Principles of Animation. In that it was a 5-7 minute speech, I knew it was too much content, but giving this particular speech was more for personal evaluation than the evaluation of the club. I had just done a workshop for the Boy Scouts on these same principles and I realized that I spent too much time explaining them, so I wanted to see how quickly I could go over the principles. This will help me in future workshops.
Disney animators used the 12 principles of animation to create some of our favorite movies. Disney’s core animators, who worked on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and other movies, were nicknamed the “Nine Old Men”. Two of those animators wrote a book, “The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation”, that introduced the 12 principles of animation to the world. I would like to let you look behind the curtain and tell you about these tenets.
Squash and Stretch
Straight Ahead/Pose to Pose
Follow Through/Overlapping Action
Ease In/Ease Out
So those are the 12 principles of animation. If you plan on watching an animated movie anytime soon, maybe you’ll notice a couple. Hopefully, I haven’t ruined movies for you forever like it is for people with film degrees.
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