Thursday, March 26, 2009

Christian Bale Completed

Here is my finished animation for my Ideation project. I realize poses could've been pushed more and I could've totally went all out. Still struggle with that, but I am still happy with how it turned out. My critique for it went really well on Tuesday. Everyone enjoyed how I handled the contrast obstruction. Yay for yelling at teddy bears! I had to project it on some object in the student center which was interesting. I projected in on some blue couches to go with my blue monocromatic color choice. It was a challenge to work with the obstructions, but also fun. It was a beneficial assignment that got me thinking outside my comfort zone.

There may be a few small things I'll touch up before I send it in to the Spline Doctor's competition.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Set Building

I've spent the last couple weeks working on my set and getting things ready to start animating. I glued together pieces of pink form and then carved it into the shape that I want for my set piece. It's a duel set piece; half works for one part of my short and the other half for another. It was fun and also a pain to carve the foam. I had pink foam shavings every where. It especially liked to adhere to my clothes.... I was smart and where black..... I also got my armatures for my penguins set up; wood blocks at the base of the body and head connected by wire. I melted black and white clay to get a charcoal color for the penguins. I dipped the armatures in that so the clay will better adhere once I build up the penguins.

Tonight I primed my set base and the main set piece so I can add any other details to the snowy landscape. I'm going to attempt to get an icy feel to the slide portion. My goal is to get everything ready so I can start animating this coming week.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Blocking Stage

Here's my rough blocking of my Ideation project. This is proving to be a fun sound clip to animate to. I'll probably try to push some of the poses farther, but it's a start.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Headless Chicken

I finally remembered to snap a picture of the body of the chicken I am modeling in my 3D Modeling class. Here's the completed body. I'm working on the head right now. Everything but the beak is pretty much done. The beak is proving to be a bit complicated as I have to do some extra work to make sure I can animate the beak as I want to. My goal is to get some extreme mouth movements like Foghorn Leghorn. That should be fun to animate! Just hope I can get it to rig right.

In other news, I am working on a project for Ideation called The 5 Obstructions. We had to think up of a project and then get together with a partner and give each other obstructions while making our pieces. I'm animating to a portion of the sound clip of Christian Bale flipping out and my obstructions are:

1. create intuitively
2. use cold color
3. remove one feature from a character u are using. (example, no mouth, or no ears)
4. show "contrast" in your piece
5. The final piece must be projected on an already existing object in the cafeteria or
Student Center, with sound. (this could be a napkin dispenser, or a table, or whatever)

I started blocking out my animation and it is actually quite fun animating to the sound clp.
Although I am not used to using such vulgar sound clips, it is quite expressive.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Down Shooter

Our stop motion assignment for this week was to do a piece of animation on the down shooter. It had to be 120 frames, move in the x,y, and z axis, do a turnaround, and have a dynamic pause. I chose to use paper for this and had fun experimenting and playing around. I had a lady bug friend come visit me twice during my shot, so see if you can spot him!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Lip Sync

We got to do a lip sync project for Stop Motion this week. A 40 sec clip from Princess Bride was split up into 2-3 sec clips for each student. Besides everything getting smooshed together inside the mouth, it actually went quiet smoothly! It helped to have the video clip for reference too. It was a fun first venture into lip syncing in stop motion.