Recipe 10 - Falling Leaf

What You Will Learn

You will learn to employ the speeding up and slowing down patterns to create a natural downward drifting transition from one direction to another with a light object. You will learn timing and spacing formulas to create natural transitions in speed and trajectory.

Why It Is Important

Creating the illusion of weight and mass can be difficult. A bouncing ball has mass, so it's speeding up and slowing down spacing is forceful and direct. A leaf uses speeding up and slowing down, but the direction of the spacing and the timing at the transition points suggests a light weight. Here the animator learns how to back off and let a soft slow animation reveal the heft of the object.