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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Critique - Walk Cycle

I love the walk, it looks really good. The only thing I would change are the hips as they go up after the step. It's good how they go up after the foot plant, but I would add more rotation and weight as the guy pushes himself up from x5 to 6, 7 and 8. Nothing huge, just a bit more, since he's pushing himself up and more weight is on the leg/hip.
The other thing could be because of the quicktime loop (how can you not have that extra double frame at the end of the movie?), but check your head and chest towards the of the cylce. Looking through the front view it rotates to the right, but during x1 and x2 it stops rotating and resumes on x3. This leads to a little stop and pop as you play it in real time.
You asked me to be picky, so there you go. ;)

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Turok Animation: The Making-of

Make it a priority to head over to Cameron's "Turok Animation Workflow" post. A must read!

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Making The Shining- Documentary and Interviews

More filmmaking than animation technique related but it's just such a great behind-the-scenes look at the movie. Great part in the first video around 4:45 where Nicholson gets ready for the scene.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Critique - Walk cycle

This is not the latest version but it's already looking really good.
The wrists are a bit too rotaty and the forward swing of the arms is a bit fast towards the end but still, there is a really nice, relaxed, smooth feel to it. Nicely done. If you're doing a basic walk, that's already good reference.

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Monday, February 18, 2008

"Building the Pyramid" - by Chris Clyde

Chris finished and rendered his short, it's well worth a look. Go to his Short Film page.

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New 11secondclub winner and eCritique

The latest winner clip of the 11secondclub entry is really cute (love those models, simple but still charming).

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Becoming An Animator

Brad (thanks!) points to animationarchive.net which has a few interesting links:

Information about animating

General Info

Sample Portfolio

How to Animate

Animation Basics

3D Modeling Modeling the Hulk

2D Animation

Frank & Ollie Animation Tips
(Courtsey of Frank & Ollie Official Website)

Principles of Physical Animation

Principles of Emotion in Animation

Animation Notes From Ollie Johnston

Build, Develop, Make it Better!

Animating and Drawing 4-Legged Animals (PDF Format)
(Courtsey of Animation Meat)

The Perfect Pan - An Animation Scene Planning Primer (PDF Format)
(Courtsey of Animation Meat)

3-D Animation

How to Get a 3D Job

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CG Smurf images

Coming Soon got images of the upcoming CG "The Smurfs".

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