I’m super interested in learning the art of Layout, and stuff that would be complimentary, for animated movies. I’ve got a little experience in Final Layout, which is great. It sorta kills me, though, because, by the time a shot reaches Final Layout, it’s much too late to make any change besides smoothing camera motion or a very minor re-frame to better shoot the Animation. Can’t suggest a new shot or change angle dramatically because money’s already been spent. It kind of kills me because I want to figure out what makes a great shot, sequence and movie and improve a story, or the storytelling, early in production before the money is spent. I feel that all the work that can be pumped in early, like in Layout, benefits the entire movie and makes everyone look great.
Part of the fun is that I’m much more technically minded, and I struggle without having specific things to look out for. When I consider it, Layout is staging, pose blocking, photography and camera movement, all things I’d love to find resources for and learn the best practices, or what to definitely avoid that I currently have no idea about haha.
Google searching doesn’t give me so much, except maybe some old job descriptions. I’ve seen some discussion on Reddit about how Layout has a lot to do with Cinematography, but there doesn’t seem to be much (that I can find so far) that touches upon cinematography for animated movies. It’s usually talking about live action and lighting, and lighting we don’t touch at all, although I’d like to learn that too.
So hey, does anyone have any sites or programs, or just things I could pay attention to while watching a movie? Or maybe you know some movies that were done really well in this regard and I could try picking it apart? Maybe there’s a goldmine out there somewhere that I didn’t have the right google keyword for? =P