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Posted by Brianruns10, on 2011-09-27 18:24:19

How high do I build my set? What's the sweet spot?

I'm about to begin building a stand which I will use for sets on future animation projects. It'll be roughly 5 foot by 5, but I'm unsure about height. I've worked in the past on cruder sets up, on tables or desks, and even sitting on a chair, my back would hurt after a while from hunching over. That's no good! So from your experience is there an ideal height, one that is as ergonomically correct as possible to minimize back and neck strain? Thanks! BR

Posted by Nick H, on 2011-09-27 19:48:25

It depends on your height - I'm about 5 ft 7", and I have my animation tabletop at 1 metre from the floor. A little higher is good, maybe up to 1200mm (4 ft), but limits how far I can reach into the set, so it's best for where the puppet stays near the front. It's always a compromise, and "animator's back" is not uncommon if I'm animating for many hours in a day. I get worse backstrain making stuff at the workbench, I used some kitchen cabinets as a base - I guess they are made to be a good height for the "average housewife" so they are just a bit too low.

Posted by scottdaros, on 2011-11-29 15:15:35

I'm always animating at different heights... I prefer to sit while animating, but I've only been able to do that a few times. I usually have to stand because of the camera, lights, puppet position, etc. Animating at about my chest height seems to work well for my back. I didn't plan my last setup very well and CRIPES did that suck...Constantly bending and twisting to see the live feed.