The Space Between

Animation lesson from Greg: “The interesting part of any shot, even a crazy fast action shot, is in the pauses. It’s in the moments in between the actions, the anticipation and reaction, that we get the feeling that the character is thinking and therefore alive.”

To me, that principle is summed up perfectly in this poem by Kenneth Patchen, titled The Moment:

before the girl picking field daisies
becomes the girl picking field daisies
there is a moment of some complexity

And my friend Slim adds, “It’s so interesting how this theme occurs and reoccurs in all art forms. The music is the space between the notes, and not the notes themselves. Typography is the space between the letters, and not the letters themselves.”

For that matter, I could quote the Tracy Chapman song:

There is fiction in the space between
The lines on your page of memories

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