I was wondering a pretty dumb question from a fellow animator. I studied animation at school but most of it involved 3d rather than traditional. Even today I don't understand how to use the animation exposure sheet or timesheet effectively, as well as the timing of the key frames themselves (animators draw a pendulum like tool and I forget what its called). Do you guys still go by it religiously as a traditional animator? What do you think it would take for the state animators to reach the level of those overseas?
pendulm like tool? you mean animating something on a swing? thats something students do when they first start. 3d animation also has a time line right? its the same thing, when you key something out, you mark it on a timeline, and adjust poses in the middle. timing for animation come from practice and experience. and its not something you master in few days or months.
yeah the time line is a basic idea. always had a hard time understanding the xsheets considering that for one movement or set of movements those pages could go on forever...depending on if you were shooting on ones or twos etc. I had access to Richard Williams dvds at one point on the survival guide for animation. Its a small little vertical chart that animators draw on the side of their work for timing/spacing. That was my biggest concern/worry/question. I normally would draw a little guide for myself horizontally, that looked like a timeline.