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False Notes

July 17, 2007

A false note is something that sticks out like a sore thumb. It’s a poke in the eye. It’s something that is not right within a given context.

In music as false note is a note that is off key, or delivered out of step. In painting a false note is a color that is too noticable, or that deadens the effect of light, or is completely out of the color scheme of the rest of the painting.

A false note draws attention to itself, upstaging the intended focus.

In animation, a false note is something that does not ring true to the shot. It is usually awkward or out of place action. Incorrect use, or lack of, weight is a false note. Abrupt or quirky camera moves are a false note. Equal timing of many objects or parts of a character is a false note. Stiff animation is a false note. Hands that do not have drag or follow through are a false note. Wooden fingers are a false note.

Many of our corrections on Avram will be a matter of getting rid of the false notes.

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