Had to make my own gifset of this because look how happy/hopeful Anna looks in her gif over Elsa finally reaching out to her.
OFFICER ON DECK!
I would love to be her friend.
Okay Tumblr, I see that this gif has caused a little bit of commotion by pointing out that Elsa’s braid “phases” or “clips” through her arm. Some people say that this is lazy while other’s justify it. However technical people get they ignore, from the posts I have seen anyway, addressing the possible reasons why the animators at Disney let this to the final cut of the movie.
Okay, the “phasing” or “clipping” of the hair is intentional. It wasn’t a mistake. Nor was it a product of lazy animators and directors. When looking at things like this you need to think of animation as a magic trick. It’s not real.
The first clue is how they position her shoulders when it happened:
Right before the dirty deed is done, Elsa is turned so that we can’t see the her hair flow through her shoulder while shooting arrows into the sunset.
The exact frame that her hair is in view, it has already performed its trick.
See? That’s the first clue.
The second clue is a bit more in depth and requires to look at the flow of animation and color closely.
We start out with:
Her head is just off center of the screen and is really bright compared to everything else. Naturally drawing our eyes to that spot.
Her hair bounces up making sure that our eyes focus on Elsa face and in the next few frames, her hands.
The hair is intentionally dropped behind the arm so our eyes don’t follow it and we REALLY focus on her face. Because right now it is the most important thing on the screen.
I wish I could style my hair this easily.
Here we are again! Take note that we have been basically following her left hand in our even if we can’t see it. It derives most of the focused motion in the shot.
Elsa’s left hand moves behind her head leading our focus back to her face. Having her also open her eyes at the same time also makes us want to look at her face and away from the trick that is happening.
And the magic trick is over. It is also important to note how her head has slowed down significantly and Elsa’s eyes lead our focus to her hand which stretches out to transition us to the next shot.
All in all, this must have been a carefully laid out shot that to be able not only look excellent but draw our notice away from a little trick/shortcut, and in the end made it a more powerful lead into the next shot.
I took my time to break this down because knowing the reason why Elsa is animated this way will give us a greater appreciation of the work. Because it really is fantastic.
Animation is a magic trick. Being the person who points out the misdirection doesn’t make you superior or smart. You just ruin the magic for everyone. Teaching the person the illusion shows respect and could lead to greater magic in the future.
1) As a CG animator I want to applaud the above post
2) Now I’m not sure of the source this second gif … if it is a really good edit, or from a different source entirely. But as we see in this gif, it does not phase through at all. What we might be seeing is a test render uploaded onto the Disney animation page (the source of the first), but it may not have actually been what we have seen in the film.
Now, I can’t go check the film right now to be sure… but it is a possibility that a test render (a render that would be a smaller size for one) was uploaded for the Let it Go Youtube clip.
His OTP just got engaged. He’s understandably in fangirl mode.
The Slow Mo Guys in the Youtube Rewind (x)
I’m amused by the fact that they got new coats, and still tore the arm on Dan’s jacket
My friend who keeps messing up my pronouns got me this as a way to encourage him to get better at it.
This is the nicest thing i’ve ever seen
— Neil Gaiman (via beautyisanillusion)
Finals day four: Astronomy!
Fuck me sideways…However I feel like I do have a fighting chance thanks to bowsshowsandchateaus for staying up untill 12:30 am helping me study. I owe her sooooo much. Thanks again Kri-Kri, your amazing!
Good luck to everyone else who has finals today, and once again may that curve be ever in your favor!