Workflow tips from Tippett Studio Animators

In this short clip two people from Tippett Studio(worked on movies such as “Ted”(2012), “Mirror, Mirror”(2012), “AFTER EARTH”(2013) or “TMNT”(2014)), Jim Brown and Brian Mendenhall talk and give advice about animation workflow. Few important points that I’ve learnt from it is that even that they’re experience, established animators, their workflow still evolves and progresses. They don’t stay still and try new approaches to animation to make their work easier and faster. It’s important to find out what actually works for you as an animator and learning and later using new stuff that you’ve learnt. Another thing that was mentioned in that video is to always work clean.

What’s even more important is that we sometimes have to adapt and abandon our habits if it benefits our work and improves it. Brown gave an example of him animating a dragon. As he says he’s usually working in pose-to-pose but in his opinion it was much more important to get dragon’s path right, create good timing and weight first and then polish up the poses. For him doing pose-to-pose first wouldn’t work for that specific shot.

At the end Mendenhall says that actually finding ones workflow is crucial and as an animator “you need to know what your workflow is.”(2012) I think that is something that I need to figure out for myself, as I don’t think I’ve got a specific, personal workflow. I’ve been trying different approaches and stuff which is good, as I’m learning and hopefully improving as an animator. However I sometimes wonder how does this work in a team and within a studio. I can imagine that people working together with different workflows and different approaches could be confusing each other, but also at the same time they can inspire one another and learn new stuff from each other.

Animation Mentor, 2014. Animation Workflow Tips from Tippett Studio Animators [online].Youtube. Available at: [Date accessed:04.11.2014].