Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Zen and the art of animation

Richard Williams is a renowned animator who discloses below part one of the animator's survival kit. This approach works for lots of different aspects of life and is something I encountered early on in my relationship with art! I remember having a colleague confess that he lobed doing the dishes. This is something I loathe but do on a daily basis as we don't own a dishwasher. His claim was that this 10 or 15 minutes of the day gave him solitary time to think without distraction. The process of washing the dishes freed him from thought; the actions he needed to perform with his hands are automatic requiring no brain effort thus allowing him to take stock of the day.

Maybe, as Williams alludes to in this video, to do something well we need to immerse ourselves in the task at hand. If we do, he says, the quality increases.

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