Tonight I continued the prep for my whiteboard animation.  I worked on what animators call an x-sheet or exposure sheet.  The brits have a much cooler name for it, the dope sheet.  Basically, it’s a timing guide for animators.  It can have information like camera instructions, dialogue phonemes, music cues and comic beats.  But most importantly, it tells the animator when all of these things occur.

 

I printed out a bunch of these documents from AnimationMeat.com and numbered them using only odd numbers.  The reason I’m using odd numbers is because I plan on doing what animators refer to as animating on 2’s.  That means that every drawing will last for two frames rather than one.  It makes one second of animation 12 pictures rather than 24.  I’m mainly using lyrics as my guide so I took the song and, frame by frame, detailed when each syllable occurred.  When I could, I also detailed pronounced guitar strikes.

 

Surprisingly, it didn’t take as long as I thought it would.  I’m looking forward to getting started on actual animation.  Although, I still have no clue what I’m going to animate.  I need to do some storyboarding and some animation tests.  If you want to hear the song I’m animating to and based this x-sheet on just check my post from yesterday.