Client: Please use this footage as reference for the animation I want.
Me: Okay, got it.
I create a first pass loosely based on the reference footage. The client isn’t thrilled, so I backtracked and worked closely with the material to make a second pass. Then a third.
Client: I need it to be more like the reference material.
Me: …I’m already referencing the material you’ve given me already but I’ll try to bring it closer.
Each pass I work closer and closer to the reference until it is all but copied frame for frame.
Client: It’s not there yet, are you looking at the reference material I gave you?
At this point, the 7th pass, I say “to hell with it” and frame for frame trace over the reference material, because there is absolutely no way he can tell me “it’s not quite there yet” this way.
Client: Are you actually looking at the reference footage? I don’t think you understand the movement of the person in the footage please draw up another pass.
Me: I have literally rotoscoped this.
Client: (Ignoring me) I think that you can bring it even closer to footage if you try harder 🙂
I graciously thanked him for the opportunity to work with him and promptly thereafter fired him.