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09 September 2004, 01:34 PM
(i did post this in general, but feel it should have been under the title animation)

Thursday’s live discussion topic –
Realism or believability, what do you prefer?

The more realistic the character you are animating (whether 2D, 3D or stop motion) the more an audience expects that character to move in a realistic way. Realistic in such a way that even the best animator could not make the animation convincing enough. Consequently the character seems less believable.
I've always found that the more stylised a character is the more an audience is prepared to accept the way it moves and consequently finds it more believable.

We want to know what you think!

When – Thursday 9th September at 9.30pm (GMT) & 1.30pm (P.T)
Where – (

Please pass the message on to as many friends and colleagues as possible, even if you can’t attend. And don’t forget to add the link to your favourites!


P.S. You can ask questions or suggest future discussion topics here!


09 September 2004, 01:28 PM
I would still like to hear what you think about this subject (via this fourm), even if you can not make it tonight :)

09 September 2004, 02:29 PM
I go for believability... sometimes reality is too limiting

09 September 2004, 03:57 PM
For me, realism does'nt have any interest, notion capture do this very well, that's not an animator job. I've nothing more to say about this. I just agree with the audience things you said. Just an young animator point of view.

ps: it's a great idea to make this kind of chat session. I can't participate to this one but love to participate an ohter. cheers

09 September 2004, 05:01 PM
Yes I do hope you can make it the next chat session, if you want to know about the next times why don't you add your name and email to the chat schedule list and we will let you know of the next one. (can be found on the site

Just to let you know we are arranging for a special guest (famous in the animation world) a director, producer or animator in for a special discussion next month.

Thanks for your time, David Smith (Skwigly)

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