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05 May 2004, 08:03 PM

Ive recently started to use refence footage to aid in animation. And now find it so important ive bought a video camera to record acting stuff. I think all the big studios use reference; ive seen Pixar use web cams, and record themselves on treadmills etc etc. Im amazed why i never used it before. Whats your take on it?

Ive included a link i use all the time at work, Its called Jungle Walk, and has thousands of reference clips of animals not only walking, but being themselves i.e idles, reactions, which i find even more helpful. If you have a link please post it, i think a collection of references will be really helpful to gain a better understanding of weight,nuance etc etc.

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05 May 2004, 08:41 PM
i do it all the time.

I also go out and act like a tourist but record interesting people.

if I am acting for the animation , I try not to copy my actions to the animation 100% since I am not a good actor but I try to see what parts of the body moves when doing certain actions and dialogue.

to sum it up : yes every animator needs a camera :)

05 May 2004, 10:43 PM
I always always make ref - when I video myself I mainly use the hip and torso poses and fill the rest in with sketches or sit at my desk and experiment.

For online video you name it gettys got it.. just about.

05 May 2004, 11:09 AM
Sheep, mkt,

Thats exactly it, i use both reference,acting and thumbnail sketches. Im surprised how so many people, who are trying to understand weight, timing etc do use it. And Getty ,man thats great site!.

Keep your references coming...

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