Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Final Neutral Walk Cycles

Final walk cycles I will be handing in for end of semester submissions.  They're not 100% brilliant, but I am so sick of looking at them that I've decided they're as good a they're gonna be.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Flour Sack Keyframes


Flour sack catch up time! I spent the whole day fixing the volume and line on my flour sack keyframes and forgot to bring them home with me! Oops. I do have the rough draft though, so I will upload that instead. I've played a lot with the timing since the really crude animatic I had in the last post. I've found that my animation is just a bunch of pauses interspersed with very shorts bursts of inbetweens. It seems to be more about timing the pauses than timing the movement between them, which is strange, and I've found this to be very unlike what anyone else is doing, which scares me a little. Maybe I'm not doing enough work. Or maybe I'm just looking at it in the wrong way. Whichever way, though, I don't feel like I have the same amount of work to do as the rest of the class. Everyone seems really snowed under and stressed and I'm not finding it too bad. Maybe that's just me. Hmmm... who knows.

Anyway here he is so far:


From this animation I've tidied it up, like I said, and fixed most of the volume problems (he starts getting kinda fat towards the end). I started animating the poster rip section at the end of the day today, and I'll hopefully get it finished by the end of the day tomorrow. I sat ripping up bits of paper at my desk to help me begin to understand how to animate it. I think I've got it down, but I guess the proof will be in the pudding. If I get it onto the line tester tomorrow then I'll try and get it blogged tomorrow night. That's if I get it done. We'll see.

Had a lecture today on animations during WWII, and they're quite scary. They're obviously quite racist and heavy on the propaganda, and watching them just now, in this day and age, it seems really unsubtle and almost awkward to watch. There was one where the "Seven Wise Dwarves", from Snow White, take all the diamonds they've collected from mining and exchange them for bonds (includes some very shameless dubbing and very poor animation), and another where it's literally just Bugs Bunny singing about how we should "Buy a Share of Freedom" by buying bonds. It's crazy!

Right, I think this is enough for tonight. I will update soon! I'm starting to lag behind with this blog so I will do my best to keep on top of it! Be back soon!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Punk Walk Final

Here is the final walk of my After Effects punk guy which I handed in about a week ago. There is sound with it but I don't know if it will play. We shall find out:


I wasn't incredibly happy with the second more dancey bit of the walk, but I think that was entirely down to how I'd drawn him and his complete and utter reluctance to do anything other than sulk. I did my best though, and short of redrawing him entirely I think I got him how I wanted him to be. I was slightly annoyed at myself though, 'cause that whole week I had a serious lack of motivation and if I'd persevered I think I could've made an awesome walk. A guy in my class, Kieran Duncan, had all 3D perspectives and camera flythroughs and I was/still am quite jealous of his walk. I want my walk to be the good one!! Oh well, next project I will nail it.

I also thought I would upload my animatic for my wee flour sack! That's right, one week and I've got a crude but fully understandable animatic. Not bad at all me thinks! For the brief we have to present our flour sack with a conflict and show how he overcomes this conflict and the emotion it creates. So my idea was to have this wee fat flour sack and his conflict would be his weight and how he wants to become more muscular like this other character, the Mighty White Flour sack (who's a big muscly, pinnacle of the flour sack world). Unfortunately we were only allowed one character in the animation so Mighty White has to come in the form of a poster. So, as the animatic will show, Fat Floursack walks up to the poster and tries to mimic it by sucking in his gut and holding his weight in his chest. He can't hold it for long, which upsets him. He decides that if he can't be like him, no one can so he rips down the poster and definatly struts off screen.


This week we start test animations and doing all fancy things with dope sheets and what-not. It'll be interesting. My frustration at not having the best After Effects walk has been channeled into this brief and I am going to really try and kick ass with this one. I've started staying in later when it's nice and quiet so I can get work done. I hope it turns out well.

Right, this is all I have time for today. I will update after I've had my group crit.