The Simple Things
In animation production, as I have mentioned, it is wise to organize the scene "handouts" in their order of importance or complexity, the idea being to get the best work from the animators on the most critical scenes. If any sort of creative fatigue or ennui sets in, it is hoped, it will be at such a time when the scenes being worked on are simple and less likely to affect the quality of the production.
Although I am working alone on my project, I have just about arrived at that point. There are many scenes still to be done but they are mostly uncomplicated.
Here is such a scene: the Old Man in line at the carry-on X-ray station has hesitated to comply with the requirement that he get his own bag up onto the table. Cut to the guard, who then leans forward and (cut to reverse closeup) taps the steel table three times with his hand. So, I will deal with two scenes at once here since they are so closely related.
The Storyboard Drawings
|The guard is aware that the Old Man is hesitant.|
|To make it clear that the Old Man must get his own bag onto the|
table, the guard reaches out a hand and...
|...taps three times on the table.|
|Also, I added the angry man to the right.|
Now I will show you the two scenes together, but without backgrounds or anything but the moving character.
Note that the hand animation at the end is all still in very rough drawings, yet the animation comes across just as well as if it were in cleanups.