Some Words of Wisdom from Great Animators

John Lasseter
"Time is the essence of animation.   It is what makes animation different to other visual arts where the observer controls how much time a piece of art is viewed.  With animation the observer is captive, usually sitting in a theater, watching it play out in front of them. The animator controls how much or how little time is spent on the animation.   Therefore, it's the animator's responsibility to control the timing of actions within the animation in order to capture the audience. Timing gives meaning to movement.   The proper timing of an action establishes the idea behind the action as well as the audience's interpretation of it.  Timing also reflects the weight and size of an object, conveys a character's thought process and emotions, and strengthens story points."
(from Timing for Animation).

Richard Williams
"To make these designs work, the movements have to be believable – which leads back to realism and real actions, which leads back to studying the human or animal figure to understand its structure and movement.   What we want to achieve isn’t realism, it’s believability."
(from The Animator’s Survival Kit).

John Halas
"In terms of animation, the idea of film time is one of the most vital concepts to understand and to use.   It is an essential raw material which can be compressed or expanded, and used for effects and moods in a highly creative way.  It is, therefore, essential to learn and to understand how time can be applied to animation.  The great advantage of animation is that the animator can creatively manipulate time since an action must be timed prior to carrying out the actual physical work on a film. It is also essential to understand how the audience will react to the manipulation of time from their point of view.   Time sense or' a sense of timing' , therefore, is just as important as color sense and skill of drawing or craftsmanship in film animation."
(from Timing for Animation)

You Are Not Listening
Richard Williams also recommends very strongly that you do not listen to music while you are in the process of creating animation.   “Animation is concentration” and the natural rhythms of music either in the studio or through head phones will noticeably reduce your timing capabilities.   You may find, however, for other tasks like modelling, UV mapping and texturing etc. that music can be quite helpful.
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