Those pesky, meddling shots!! No matter how long you have been animating, we all have those weeks when we just aren't feeling it or we are dealing with a shot that makes us feel like we are losing our minds. The worst thing to do is to get frustrated and to beat yourself up about it, although that is usually my first response.
When I'm dealing with a headache inducing shot, I will put the shot aside and work on another shot. Getting some time away from a troublesome shot is good. My frustration may have been fueled by my jumping into the shot too fast. Some time "away" allows me to think it through a bit more, to clear my head and to return to the shot with new eyes.
Other times I will have a buddy check out my work, letting him know where I'm stuck. Fresh ideas from a coworker is a good way to get your creative juices recharged, because let's be honest, animating is very taxing on the creative juices.
In the movie Meet the Robinsons, I really liked that they applauded failure, because as they say in the film, if we don't fail we can't improve. We all want to be the best we can be, but we can't be afraid to make mistakes. Every shot we do, we learn a little something new, even if the shot was a huge success or massive failure.
Guest Blogger Ray Chase