The Wonderful World of Constraints
Have you ever tried to animate a character that's interacting with objects in your scene but you were stuck on where to begin? A majority of animated sequences include some sort of interaction with a prop or several props. Animating such interactions can be quite challenging, and much planning and focus is usually required for it all to look convincing. Here are some time-saving techniques to help you animate prop interactions. If and when you must animate a prop interaction, you should first ask yourself a couple questions in order make sure you’re using the most efficient workflow possible:
- If a character intends on picking up, using and then dropping this prop, given the circumstances of the shot, what is the best way to attach the prop to the character?
- Will the prop be passed to multiply characters or will it remain with one?