Before you begin any shot, it’s so important to study references, work out your thumbnails, and make your timing and acting decisions on paper. This may seem like an “extra” step to some of you, but believe me, it will save you time in the long run and your work will look so much stronger than it would have otherwise.
All of my best feature film shots are also the ones I spent the most time planning out. The shots where I got cocky and thought “Aw,I know how to animate that, I’ll just sit down and do it” are, almost without exception, the shots that ended up being “okay,” but never as good as they could have been. I’ll always regret missing the opportunity I had to make those shots special, but at least they taught me an invaluable lesson: Planning Comes First, ALWAYS! Tune in next time for some practical tips on how you can plan your shot!