In a professional setting typically the identity of a character has already been determined. However you may not know how to ask questions of a lead/supervisor/director when notes are given to better understand what they are looking for. Once armed with these weapons of describing, visualizing, and interpreting information about a character, it will help you better obtain clues that will help you be successful in executing those notes.
Before we jump into making the character move, we need to know/decide as much as we can about the identity of the character. Nailing down these attributes and sticking to them will inform everything about how they will be posed, gestures they will make, and how they will ultimately move. Direct / indirect, strong / light, Sudden(quick) / sustained, etc. These are explicit choices we can make for every character before a pose is created. Changing any one variable would produce very different performances. Taking a look at lots of live-action reference, we will use this language to describe and interpret acting for ourselves, and for other animators. - Neil
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