(This is Part 2 of 3, though parts 1 & 3 will never be uploaded)
Notes from Part 1 Below, Part 3 would have been the animation at different steps to finished.

WHEN SHOOTING VIDEO REFERENCE..... you want to wear clothes that have short sleeves & shorts so that you can see the body and what it's doing. Or Close Fitting clothes. Preferably brighter colors. If it's black then it can get lost when it's in front of it's self and harder to tell exactly what is happening. If there are lines on the clothing, this helps even more so that you can clearly see the angle and change of the different extremities.

Also if possible, have a solid colored, bright background. Easier to see the silhouette. In the video, we could not find this. If Recording Audio.... won't want where windy or lots of traffic (or use external mic) Try to have good lighting (do in the day time) Try 3 point lighting Key, Fill, & Rim, if setting up indoors or by yourself.

If Possible, use 2 video cameras at one time. Front View and Side View. If this is not possible. You'll want to record from a 3/4 view. From this angle you can see more and it is easier to derive what the body is doing. Try to get the whole body in the frame, or focus on just the action needed (if you know the camera angle of the shot you're animating this could be useful) Use a Tripod or stable surface if you can.... Camera shake can make it harder for you to see the nuances or the nice arcs the body makes.

Only shoot video reference of what you can safely do. If your not the most athletic (that could add to your animation and make it unique) you may want to get a friend to preform. Or if you're not the best actor.... have someone else act it out. If it is too dangerous, that is what internet videos are for, find someone else who has done it. OR.... that is also what Digital Animation & keyframe is for, do animate what is not possible and to make it look believable. Possibly you can shoot just the portions that are doable and you have to fill in the blanks. Maybe a not as extreme version, and then you push it in the computer.

We showed all the errors we in encounter because, How often is a Video Tutorial missing parts, or is so perfect that if you make a mistake, you're lost... This way you can see mistakes you might make, or others have made and a way to work around them.

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