Saturday, September 26, 2009

It's all in the Eyes.

Ok, maybe not ALL, but you shouldn't underestimate the fact that the audience will be focused on the face of your character, especially the eyes/eyebrow part. You could have Muppet style lipsync but fantastic emotion in the eyes and eyebrow and it would still work. Of course there are exceptions, but people focus on eyes, so don't neglect that area in your animation.

I got reminded of that while working on a clip at home. The beginning of the first shot has three guys peeking above a sand hill and two characters only have their eye area visible and the third one a bit more of the face. It's a lot of fun to concentrate just on the eyes.

That reminded me of a movie called Baraka. At the beginning of the movie you have two great shots of a Japanase snow monkey. With nothing moving except his head you really focus on his eyes.

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Aziz Kocanaogullari said...

Hey JD.
Great post but i don't think we need to worry about eyes anymore. You haven't seen this?

Jean-Denis Haas said...



Joey said...


ANd the Monkey video is GREAT!!!!
hahahaha I love it.. :)