Posted this on my facebook but felt it apropriate to post it here too!
"One thing I learned from one of my
mentors (Mark Behm) while at Animation Mentor was that you should always
write the emotions (or thoughts) out in words near your thumbnails
while you are deciding on poses and planning your scene. It is a
constant reminder of the goal of your posing."
There is a rely good example of this on the Documentary 'a pixar story' where one of the animators shows the blocking/thumbnails for his shot on finding nemo, he goes off on an unexpectedly deep explanation of what the symbolism of some of the actions are and the emotions behind them.here it is!