Good staging within an animation should allow the audience’s eye to be clearly guided to specific aspects within a scene. This should make the important actions easily detected and understood. Poor staging would allow the audience’s attention to be captured by something other than the primary focus in the scene. This would include distractions such as: alternate objects, more detailed and interesting objects or objects in the foreground that may obscure vision.
The staging techniques used in these examples all utilise similar techniques to guide the audience's eyes to specific points on the screen. In these examples of more contemporary films, 'Finding Nemo' and 'Toy Story', both create composition within the scene, using extra characters or the background to frame the main individuals. This example of an older cartoon, 'Foghorn Leghorn' uses the character to direct the audiences eye to the part they are intended to see.
Written by Rebecca Green