Sunday, May 29, 2011

Class 2 Week 9: Reblocking the Sword

Some significant reblocking on this one.  Really struggling with how to get some nice poses and silhouettes with the orientation of character/prop/camera that I have right now.  I changed the camera angle to more front-on trying to address this. 

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Class 2 Week 8: Blocking Sword in the Stone


Sword in the Stone time!  This is my take on the Push/Pull assignment.  Really wish we still had our annual pass to Disneyland to go film my own reference!

This is also my first time trying out a new iPad app I purchased called Animation Desk.  So I was able to block this out in 2d - and interesting experiment.  It's really nice to get a sense of the timing while planning this out in this way. 

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Class 2 Week 7: Wind Final

I lied last week.  I said I was going with the non-rotating version...well, I ended up uploading the rotating version late instead.

Ultimately I'm glad I stuck with the rotation.  I really enjoy working with the environment and animating the boxes too.  Can't wait to move onto a model with arms now :)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Class 2 Week 6: Refining Wind - A Shift in Idea

Well...the big decision this week was what version of my shot to focus on.  Going after a suggestion by the wife, I thought it'd be fun to see the ground shift (rather than the original "wind" concept).  Also, looking at some upper classmen's websites...I found a few versions of this shot were already done with an identical giant red button on the ground.  Lame.

My mentor said he was okay with the idea...but warned it was going to be pretty difficult to pull off.  Since getting my demo reel (started AND finished) this weekend is sucking up a bunch of my time, I decided that simple was best.  To quote one of my favorite quotes:  "Done is good"

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Class 2 Week 5: Second Project Begins!

Well, no rest for the weary, on the next project!  Again, we had a big list to pick from - I chose "walk in a heavy storm/wind."

Got a bit of a late start on this one - I was struggling with the setup for the shot.  Considered having Stu (as the guy is affectionately named) walk down a city street, having to avoid flying debris.  Thought about having him round a corner and getting hit with the wind.  At one point even planned him struggling to make it into a bus stop.  In the end, simpler is better - and what's more simple than a giant red button on the ground :)