How and When to Use Secondary Action

Animator Chiara Porri Looks at How to Use Secondary Action in Animation and When a Shot Requires it

Chiara Porri’s site “I Want to be an Animator” is a fantastic resource for animators of all skill levels. Current;y she has embedded herself in teaching the principles of animation, running through them one by one. The most recent tutorial covers the animation principle of secondary action.

Chiara discusses when to use secondary action and how to use it. Too much secondary, like squash and stretch, and you have an animation that is confusion and unreadable for the viewer. Think of it as something that is intended to support the main action, and not take it over completely. Check out more of Chiara’s animation tutorials here.