[AB 12] Basic Animation Aesthetics

by David O’Reilly

O’Reilly bases his arguments on his previous works’ successful reception. He discusses the elements that contribute to capturing a more unified kind of animation aesthetic that works. Firstly, O’Reilly establishes that there are elements contribute to producing poor aesthetics that result in unprofessional and disengaging outcomes. Instead of aiming to produce a refined, realistic and perfected animated short, O’Reilly emphasizes on coherence in the aesthetic. The world that is created for the animation, the values, laws and models of worlds can be crafted to make sense, be arbitrary and artificial as long as they are kept consistent. In O’Reilly’s words it is ‘just as a lie repeated often enough becomes truth’. The essay also raises the issues in rendering time along the production pipeline and other complications that can discourage individual film makers. In order to achieve this convenience, using simple geometry was used, contributing to the animated short’s aesthetic. O’Reilly concludes with a significant point that the key to originality is knowledge of aesthetics. As aesthetic choices are examined, it directs and furthers new methods of thinking and generating ideas.


O’Reilly, David. (2009) Basic Animation Aesthetics. N.p., 29 Feb. 2012. Web. 20 Dec. 2016.


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