Friday, 26 October 2007

My Animation's Briefings

The first bit of worked asked of us was to draw a basic flickbook animation that shows the theme of Force
The first thing to enter my head was someone been hit with a ball!

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I came across this cheetah running which is very impressive and may be able to use!



Here's a real cheetah running to compare the above animation to!



This is something that I may use in my final animation project!





For our final project we are to do a 30 second animation
here's a story board of my final project:


My 1st Maya Animation

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After learning some of the basics in Maya Modeling and animation I set my self a little project and the whole thing took about 3 hours from start to finish. I decided to take this on mainly just to give myself a better understanding of how Maya works.

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OK been working hard to get the animation for Maya underway!
Originally it was going to be between two dino's hatching and interacting but this may be a little complex given the time left to complete it in, so....
my fall back plan is to use a butterfly.
Here's the kind of work in progress!



Just about finnished on the Dino now. I say just about because I keep finding things that I need to do to him! I had a little play with some lighting in the second picture.




I had a little play around with posing him.



A ltttle further along now and I have my scene set and built the twin. I'm now ready for my 30 second animation.

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My first attempt at a hatch but just a tad on the fast side!!!

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I think this is a better version and but still a bit more tweaking is needed. It will do as part of the final animation!

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The animation is just about complete now!
Just playing with the camera!

After a short disgussion with Jason (our Animation Tutor) I found that the animation project could have worked a little better if I'd given him a skeleton and animated the skeleton rather than the model!
I was a little confused as to what he meant by this?

After having been pointed out this site it became clear
www.simplymaya.com
as it contains a free down-loadable video tutorial on how to build a basic skeleton and also comes with the model of a dog so that you can follow it step by step!

Link below to the free tutorial
http://www.simplymaya.com/movie_pages/tutorial.mhtml?tut_id=36

Next I had to learn how to bind the skeleton to the model so that when the skeleton moves the model moves with it!
Although explained in the Tutorial I found that the function I was looking for was skinning.

Skinning just involves selecting your built model and skeleton and skin... this binds them together. I found this information on a forum after typing the question into google.

Now that I have completed the basic skeleton tutorial and learnt how to skin I feel that it's now time to put it into practice and do my own project!

The Inspiration



So with this in mind I decided that I'd have a go at either recreating this battle in 3D or a battle of their own!

Meet the models!




After finaly rigging a model for Megatron I decided that instead of giving him a full body skeleton I'd give him a partial skeleton so that parts of the body don't warp during movment
e.g. just aplying the skeleton to the hands legs and arms.

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