Thursday, April 15, 2010

No Rioting, Please...

It's the start of another session at AM, and this time my class is in Advanced Body Mechanics. My mentor is Marlon Nowe, who has worked at Blur studios, Rhythm and Hues, and is currently animating at Disney Animation Studios (animator on Rapunzel/Tangled). He's a really cool guy and I can tell already, he expects a lot out of his class. This is a really good thing! It's going to be a tough semester, but I think I can hang!

The first spin of the semester! We weren't given a pick list this time (list of 10 or so animations to choose from), but rather expected to come up with our own ideas. We also had to decide if we wanted to do an "Anim Exercise" (3 totally different animations/themes) or an "Anim Jam" (3 animations with the same theme, but not a short). I went with Anim Jam, and more specifically 3 soccer related animations. I thought I could get some subtle stuff in there as well as some really big actions so I could practice (or learn!) the whole gamut of a realistic style. So, here's the blocking for my first shot - a traditional soccer throw in.

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"Only Americans would call a game you play with your hands football..."

So far I think it's working well. Marlon had a few things to comment about my silhouettes (i.e. - the ball and head were visually "touching" in one pose and it needed some negative space) but overall, he was pretty positive. I felt good about it especially since I didn't feel like I spent enough time on it before I had to rush and turn it in. I need to be a bit more stringent with my time, but if you know me, you know I'm a procrastinator! Hehe. Anyway, I'm off to Blocking Plus this week so it will have a lot more breakdowns and probably hit spline mode before I turn it in. Here's hoping for no red cards....

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Final Assignment - Finished.... for now.

So, I made it through another class. I'm really stoked about the progress I've made and I can directly attribute that to my mentor, Steve Cady. The dude is just plain awesome. He nitpicked the little stuff, but that's what makes or breaks a great piece (in my opinion). He gave me great suggestions, his classes were seriously informative (using students pieces to show how he would do things, etc) and he was just a really nice guy. OK, enough butt kissing... ANIMATION TIME!

Here's what I handed in for my final assignment. I really like it, but there are a few things I want to go back and polish or just straighten out. Overall, I feel that I really got a better grasp on overlapping actions, smoothing some motions out, etc. Plus, I survived the dreaded Gimbal Lock and walked away, alive!

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Stewie, man of few words and many actions.