Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Run and jump WIP 2

More work on the animation I uploaded yesterday. I've finished off the action, added detail to the feet, body rotation, arcs and so on. Altered timing and spacing issues and gave it more of an anticipation before the jump. I think it's looking better anyway.

I learnt to use my Wacom tablet with Maya with this animation. I'd never tried it before so I thought it was about time. It's surprisingly easy to get used to and quite fast to work with. The only thing that bothers me is that when you hold the pen down it acts as a right click so sometimes when you want to move an object you'll end up showing it's vertices and silly things like that. But those small problems aside I'd highly recommend it!

Comments and crits are moooooooooore than welcome and I'd love to hear what you think.

Here's how the animation currently looks following some fixes (thanks to some crits from folk on the 11SC forum):

Current animation following some fixes:

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Run and jump WIP

A little practise to play around with a run and jump. I'm pleased with it so far since I haven't spent a long time on it and it was straight ahead with no messing about in the graph editor.

Let me know what you think and of course any crits are more than welcome.

I've just realised with the help of my trusty girlfriend that the anticipation before the jump may not be exaggerated enough.


When you think about animation, politics isn't really the first thing that comes to mind. It's probably something you haven't really ever thought of or put in the same box/bag/jar/bowl/cup as animation. But, for the big companies, evil/stupid things that the government are doing seems to be messing things up for us. Just take a look at this video:

Monday, 8 November 2010

2D and 3D skip

Here's the 2D and 3D skip that I animated following a JR tutorial. The reason the two don't run at exactly the same time is because I made a mistake with the original skip animation when compositing but this is really just to show the 3D animation next to what it started as.

First time using this rig too and it's great! Very easy to use. And can you believe it...I didn't even look at the graph editor once whilst working on this. Now that's old schoooool!

Flipbook, Maya and the old trusty Wacom.

Getting some practise before starting iAnimate.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Yorkshire Student Awards 2010

I just received an email from my ex-tutor at the University of Bradford to say that my short film Saturday has been entered into the Royal Television Yorkshire Student Awards. It's great news but after watching the animation back I feel quite embarrassed. At the time it was the best I could do given the time but to me it looks completely awful. I know that's not the point but when your work's going out with your name on it you kind of want it on your best work.

My friend Arran has had his animation entered too so best of luck to him! I'm placing my money on his piece hehe. The group animation that we made at uni was also entered! So both Arran and myself have two out of three chances of winning hehe. Sadly I can't make it because it's in four days and I only found out about it a day ago.

We'll find out who wins next week, wayhay!

Also, best of luck to the guys who made The Whitest Minority documentary! I lived with two of them last year.