An example of animation using a reference shot

Adam runs, then turns toward Eve...
Adam runs, then turns toward Eve… (click HERE)
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Here is an example of using reference shots to help set up an animation.  They really help with pose and timing.  Then you can tweak and adjust to your needs, as well as set up the camera moves you may want, as in this example.  This is a simple GL render, from blender; these are fast renders that help you quickly see how your work is progressing.