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Archive for January, 2010

Class 2 – Psy of body mechanics – Week 4 – Polishing Final

Sat ,30/01/2010

Here is the final version of the PickList 1 animation. I will probably not review anything on this before either the final week of this class, for the progress reel, or during class 6 when I am polishing shots for my showreel.

I also started working on the PickList 2 animation. I chose to mix two choices and animate a drunken stumble with a fall.

I did some video referencing and the planning including the thumbnails of the key poses as you can see below. I have also created an animatic from my thumbnails to work out if my timing looked ok.

Week 4 - frame 1 to 74

Week 4 - frame 1 to 74

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Week 4 - frame 76 to 95

Week 4 - frame 76 to 95

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Week 4 - frame 96 to 120

Week 4 - frame 96 to 120

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Class 2 – Psy of body mechanics – Week 4 – Refining v1

Sun ,24/01/2010

I got my mentor’s crit early this week, so I had time to do a refining pass based on his crit
I’m waiting for some feedback on this before I push this a bit further

Class 2 – Psy of body mechanics – Week 3 – Blocking plus submitted

Sat ,23/01/2010

This is the last version of blocking plus where I have splined the tangents and cleaned up where I could, but without too much more work gone into it

I’ve submitted this on Saturday so I could get my mentor to do an ecrit early

Class 2 – Psy of body mechanics – Week 3 – Blocking plus v3

Fri ,22/01/2010

This is my 3rd version of blocking plus, where I have fixed a few more problems and changed the ending
All tangents are set to linear
I’m waiting for some feedback from my mentor and peers and will hopefully start splining the curves and refining the movements tomorrow, including sorting out the eases and holds
I also need to add a very subtle amount of squash and stretch

Class 2 – Psy of body mechanics – Week 3 – Blocking plus v1

Tue ,19/01/2010

Here is my first pass of ‘blocking plus’ after making changes based on my mentor’s critique, as well as working out some better timing for the anticipation and other areas

Class 2 – Psy of body mechanics – Week 2 – Blocking v7

Sun ,17/01/2010

This is the final version of blocking for this animation
I have now submitted this for grading and waiting for my mentor’s critique before moving forward:

Class 2 – Psy of body mechanics – Week 2 – Blocking v4

Fri ,15/01/2010

After some good feedback from my classmates, I have done a new blocking version.
It’s looking a bit more interesting, but the timing isn’t quite right yet, and there’s plenty more work to do before I finish blocking

Class 2 – Psy of body mechanics – Week 2 – Blocking

Tue ,12/01/2010

I received the critique from my mentor early this week, which is great !
The lecture was very good too, about blocking which is perfectly topical for this week’s assignment

So here’s my latest blocking pass for the jump and turn animation:

Class 2 – Psy of body mechanics – Week 1 – Planning

Sun ,10/01/2010

After a 2 week break, we’re back into the swing of things at Animation Mentor

Our first assignment is to be chosen from a picklist
I have chosen no 8 – “Jump up and turn 180 degrees in the air and land/settle”

So after exploring the action through the use of video referencing of myself doing the action, I have selected the one below:

And below you will find the planning notes for this animation:

Week 1 Thumbnails

Week 1 Thumbnails

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Week 1 Keys & Offsets notes

Week 1 Keys & Offsets notes

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Week 1 Hips Rotation notes

Week 1 Hips Rotation notes

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