|Glen Keane. Wikimedia|
The answer is - you need to learn to thumbnail. That is to say, you must learn to plan out your work with sketches and scribbles, which create a kind of visual road map of where you want to go.
In the video below, animation tutor Alex Williams analyses Glen Keane's approach to thumbnail skteches and shows how Glen uses them to create beautiful animation.
Does it matter that these thumbnails were done for a 2D feature? Not at all - the process is the same whether or not you are planning a hand-drawn shot or a 3D shot. Here at Escape we teach our students traditional drawing skills to help them get better at making thumbnail sketches.
And this really is the secret of great animation. Plan your shot out well, think it through, and know in advance what it is you want to do. Do this right, and your shots will always work.
Fail to do this, and you will have great difficulty creating excellent animation.