Monday, October 31, 2005

Week 6

The server is having problems and everyone's assignments are taking forever to upload. I couldn't get any comments on last week's assignment because of that. I think my attempt is really bad, despite the fact that my mentor says it's good. I know I can do better. The parts where Tailor turns messed me up. To make things worse, my SCAD student space is acting up so I can't upload my work and post it here from my laptop. I'm at Monty right now and I plan on uploading the video while I'm here. I hate it when things suddenly stop working like that. There's no reason for the student space to be accessable here and not from my computer. I didn't change anything, it just suddenly can't connect to the server or whatever. Oh well. Hopefully it starts working by the time winter break starts, or I wont be able to post any animation that I do away from SCAD. >_<

Anyway, here's the final version of last week's project:


I'm working on a revision, so hopefully I'll have that up soon.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Pins and Needles

I'm rather nervous about my final version of week 5's assignment. I uploaded it close to the deadline and it doesn't seem like the file uploaded properly. It took a while before I got the "file has been uploaded" message and I still don't see my final version when I click the assignment button. I logged out and got the "proceed to week 6" message when I signed back in. I hit ok and clicked on assignment, hoping to see my final. Sadly, my wip continues to come up. I don't know if this means my project is late, as I uploaded it before the deadline. I e-mailed my mentor to see if he has it in the folder or whatever with everyone else's.

Anyway, here's the final for week 5:
Week 5 Final

Thursday, October 20, 2005

My Progress

Alright, I worked on my assignment all evening and finally have something worth showing. Please let me know what you guys think!

week 5 Bouncing Ball

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

This Week's Pose

This week we have to pose Stu showing devastation. I drew some gestures last night and just finished making a few of them with Stu. Which one do you guys think is the best? I like the last one the most. Here are my drawings:

Here's the movie file with Stu's poses:

Devastated Stu

The Original

I was unable to stop the frame dropping with Chris's suggestion, so here are the original playblast files.

Week 3's Revision

Week 4's Assignment

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Week 4's Final

I just saw Chris's comment on my last post about frame dropping. I'll go into Premiere and try out his suggestion. If it work's then I'll re-upload the animation below. Thanks in advance Chris!

Here's my revision of week 3's project.

Here's week 4's assignment.

I just watched this week's lecture on anticipation and squash & stretch. It's hard to say what I've learned since I already knew about those topics. But after watching the lecture I felt like I somehow knew even more. It was like my eyes were opened and programmed to notice new things when I look at stuff. I'd like to get started right away on this week's assignment, but I have motion studies homework to finish first. >_

Saturday, October 15, 2005

A Dilemma

I've finished my final animation for this week's assignment and I redid last weeks assignment as well. Sadly, I've become a victim of frame dropping. For some reason Premiere drops some of the frames of my animation. I have no clue why this is happening or how to fix it. If anyone knows how to solve my problem, please let me know asap.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

My progress

This will be a fairly short post since I'm tired and have class in the morning...

I started working on this week's animation today. It gave me more trouble than I thought it would and think it should have. I don't know why that happened. I guess it was because I went about animating the balls using a different process than the one I normally use. I used some video reference to help me with the timing. The purple ball is supposed to have the weight of a tennis ball while the green ball is supposed to have the weight of a bowling ball. If you have any ideas on how to improve it, please let me know!

I've up-dated my animation based on some critiques that I got today. I think it looks much better.

Week 4 Bouncing Balls

Monday, October 10, 2005

Week 4

I've started planning out my animation for this week's assignment. We're supposed to do two bouncing balls and show that one is heavier than the other. Rather than doing something simple like my last project, I plan on giving the balls some character. Here's my storyboard and some thumbnail sketches of what I'm doing so far (sorry for the obnoxious grey/black shadows on the sides, they seem to go hand in hand with scanning stuff from a sketchbook.):

I'm really looking forward to starting this assignment. Bobby "Boom" Beck presented a video on how he would go about making a bouncing ball. It was awesome! I learned a faster/easier way to make good contact points in the graph editor. I also learned how to manipulate the curves in new ways. It was really great! Not to mention the wonderful animation at the end! Carlos' class on timing was very helpful as well. I learned a better definition for the term breakdown and as a result understand it better. I also learned a new method of doing the bouncing ball which I can't wait to try out!

Things are starting to get moving and from what I can tell, I'm going to LOVE this program!

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Busy weekend

I have been extremely busy this weekend. I spent the ENTIRE time working on my motion studies project. My hours of work were Friday 8pm to 3am, Saturday 3pm to 3am, and today 3pm to 10pm. I'm glad I did my AnimationMentor assignment during the week! I could have finished sooner but I had to completely start over. I realized I drew my backgrounds wrong and once I fixed them the characters were up in the air. I had already done 113 drawings and wasn't trying to do them over. Instead, my roommate helped me come up with a simple (none of my own ideas are ever simple) concept for a new animation. Here's the result of my labors, I hope you guys like it!

(Please turn on your speakers, the animation has sound effects.)

Screen Space Project

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Our First Animation

Phew! I was finally able to work on this week's animation. My motion studies project has been keeping me pretty busy! In fact, I plan on spending all of tomorrow and most of Saturday working on it. Hopefully it'll be done by then so I can work on my other assignments. Anyway, here's my attempt at this week's project. I don't really like it since we can't use squash and stretch. The animation looks strange and unfinished as the result, but I know there's a good reason for not being able to use it.

Please feel free to critique the animation!

Week 3 Bouncing Ball

I just finished rendering my excitement pose for Stu. This part of the assignment was quite challenging since all of my gestures showed happiness more so than excitement. I wanted to avoid the whole "jumping into the air with waving arms" pose which made the project even harder. Any comments on how to make Stu seem more excited are greatly appreciated!

Monday, October 03, 2005

Gestures for this Week

This week we finally start animating! We have to do a bouncing ball with the weight of a basketball. The strange thing is we can't use squash and stretch. Oh well. I found some basketball reference and have printed out my thumbnail sheets. I plan to get started tomorrow after class.

The second part of our assignment is to draw gestures that convey excitement and to pose Stu in our best one. I drew a couple of pages a few moments ago. It was more challenging than I thought it would be.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

The Final!

Here's the final version of my assignment! Thanks, Justin for the link to the lighting script!

Session 2 Assignment

Favorite Poses

I made an .avi file of my favorite poses with Stu. Now I have to decide which one I should turn in. If only I could submit all three...>_<

Stu's Ninja Poses