Now that we have covered the first two principles in the last article, we are ready to move on to the next two. In this article we will cover “staging” and following that we will cover “straight ahead action and pose to pose”.

“Staging” is the third principle in animation. The purpose of this principle is to focus the audience’s attention and make clear what in any scene is of greatest importance. This is done in a variety of ways, such as where a character is placed in a frame, uses of light and shadow or the angle and position of the viewpoint. This helps keep the audience’s attention on what is relevant and not unnecessary detail.

Below our animator has created an example for the principle of “staging” for you…