How to animate bird flight

I saw the movie Owls of Ga’Hoole: Legend of the Guardians last night. Fabulous bird-animation, and visually magnificent. Overall, very impressive, even if it’s really meant for 10-14 year olds and not adults.

Brendan Body, one of the animators on the movie, has a free tutorial on how to animate bird flight complete with a link to a tutorial video (Quicktime, so it may take a while to load/play).

The “making of” short is here (warning: massive plot-spoilers, no real technical details)…