Animation Technique and Picture Composition (Reflecting on Readings)


(Mickey Mouse is the rightful property of the Walt Disney Corporation. Image used for illustrative purposes.)

What follows are my takeaways from chapter 8 of Liz Blazer’s “Animated Storytelling” and chapter 8 of Jon Krasner’s “Motion Graphic Design.”

Click here for my thoughts on chapter 7 of each book.


In Chapter 8 of Animated Storytelling, Blazer guides us through the many animation techniques used for motion graphics. These techniques include hand drawn animation, stop motion, CGI (2D or 3D), and even live action elements. Several of these techniques, namely stop motion and live action, have already been featured on this blog, and I continue to experiment with them.

Another key takeaway from Blazer’s chapter is the importance of finding the technique(s) that works best for your project’s story and theme. As is illustrated in the reading, some techniques work better for certain themes and stories. For example, hand drawn animation may be best for a lighthearted comedy, but not so nice for a dramatic PSA. Live action may work better for a dramatic or serious piece, as opposed to a children’s video.

Blazer also illustrates how it is possible to find workarounds to certain techniques, particularly if you aren’t too familiar with some animation techniques that might best suit your project’s story.

In chapter 8 of Motion Graphic Design, Jon Krasner details the importance of picture composition in regards to communicating with your viewers. As he explains, the framing and composition of shots can be used to creatively convey space, confinement, contrast, hierarchy, etc. All of these elements, and many more, can be conveyed through composition, and they can greatly enhance your piece while simultaneously communicating your intended meaning with your viewers.

Following these readings, I now have new knowledge of animation techniques, where said techniques work best, how to work around some techniques, as well as the benefits of successful image framing and composition. These readings will prove helpful in the long run, and particularly with an upcoming project, soon to be featured on my blog.


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