8 tips for beating animation deadlines

Use the right structure and methodological approach, and you can make fast turn-around animation look great. It’s all about working smarter, not harder, and getting more out of the early stages of animation rather than delaying the inevitable and trying to fix things later.

By understanding the underlying basics and principles of animation, you can bypass a lot of the time spent tweaking the perfect animation, trying to retrospectively fix animation that’s fundamentally wrong from the start.

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Bader is a series animation director at Blue Zoo, with over 10 years’ experience in character animation for kids’ TV.