Keys, Breakdowns, Inbetweens? What's That?
You don't know what Keys, Breakdowns or Inbetweens are?
That's ok, a lot of people don't know.
When creating 2D animation, the animator will require to plan out the action that is needed to build the shot or scene for the audience to watch.
The 2D animator will plan the key pictures that they want the viewer to see by drawing doodles.
Better quality key pictures must then be created to give the 2d animator a guide to follow.
i.e. Connect the dots.
After building and placing the key poses at their specific points in time on the time-line, the 2d animator will then break the key poses with new pictures that represent the image of the action between those two keys at that paticular time.
i.e. When a character takes a step and passes over from one contact pose to the other contact pose.
Once the Key and Breakdown poses are taking shape on the time-line, the 2D animator will then add pictures inbetween the main drawings to smooth out the action and create life.
Therefore, if a 2d animator has 1 action, then they will need 2 keys.
A break-down picture will then be inserted between the 2 keys to make the movement in the action more visible for the viewer to see & enjoy.
Life is what we make of it.
Animation is part of our culture.
Jaco Lourens 2D Animation South Africa SA.