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Our favourite web video of the week is The Illusion of Life by New York-based animator Cento Lodigiani. Adapted from The Illusion of Life by legendary Disney animators Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas, the video illustrates their 12 Basic Principles of Animation.

Whether you’re wanting to animate a Hollywood blockbuster, or simply expressing something through movement of a simple shape or text, they all have one thing in common – character.

“To breathe life into your animation requires animation, and the better the understanding of how to move and transform your ideas, the greater the feeling of personality is invoked in the artwork.”

Cento Lodigiani has produced this awesome video demonstrating the 12 basic principles of animation with just a few simple shapes. Check it out!