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11 seconds club – December 2010

September 25, 2011

An older entry for the 11 seconds club competition, ranked pretty well back then:

 

 

Enjoy!

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Movement, Attitude defining Character

September 23, 2011

Just thought to post something I’ve witnessed a few days ago, because I thought it was pretty interesting. Most of us probably do that often (animators, I mean)

I was waiting in my car to pick up someone, in a car park nearby some offices buildings. In front of me there were about 3 cars, one of them was a nice Mercedes, one was an older Wolkswagen and one a Fiat, about 8 years old or so.

A guy walked off the building and by the way he was walking and by his attitude, posture, walk speed and almost “intention” I knew he was going to stop and get into the Mercedes. I was right 🙂

These kind of things I think are valuable stuff for us animators, it made me think in reverse, after I’ve seen it: what did I see that made me know he will go to the luxury car. What exactly about his walk made me think that? he walked slowly, head up, like a noble posture. He wasn’t dressed particularly expensive, but I think even a still photo/frame of him walking would have led us to think he was going towards the luxury car – because you could have read his attitude, status, character, even from a single pose.

It’s also a pretty cool feeling when you see your instincts work, this probably gets better and better the more knowledge we acquire about acting and with more visual experience we get.

As a side note, I’ve seen the same situation ( not 100% similar though ) a few days ago, looking through our offices window. This time it was a lady walking quite quickly towards cars parked on a line, next to the kerbs. She only started to slow down and “prepare” the gestures of getting in the car as she got to about 2 m away from her car  – and the whole body language was just hinted, slightly by the head angle, general posture, hands movement and getting the hand holding the keys “ready” to unlock the doors. I think that we can get a lot of information when watching someone if we closely look at subtle gestures that people do subconsciously. Then we can work with that, putting an emphasis on what we can exaggerate…

Animation is so cool because of the whole process involved, which brings together so many disciplines in different forms.

I hope this will be helpful, somehow 🙂

Thanks for reading.

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11 seconds club – August 2011 entry

September 21, 2011

My entry for the 11 second club competition for August 2011. It’s a kid who loves karate and kung fu films and he just loves the film he’s looking at so much… that he almost memorized some scenes.
Hope you like it 🙂

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Parkour animation test

December 5, 2010

Hi everyone,

here is one of my latest animation exercises. I have found a Maya character rig that I’d like to use for an animation piece that I will do next and basically I just did an animation test with it. This is the result, and I hope you like it 🙂

In case the playback is problematic in the window above, I have also included below a Youtube link to the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXI5Li-8JK8

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Star Crossed Love

October 20, 2010

One of the projects I’ve done a while ago is now live and you can play the game:

http://www.gamehouse.com/download-games/star-crossed-love

You can download the game there, pretty much all of the environments work is done by me, locally there’s 2d bits which have been done by someone else.

hope you like it 🙂

Virgil

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Morpheus – No excuse now, start animating!

October 20, 2010

This rig is one of the best I’ve used so far and it’s free!!!

get it from here: http://journal.joshburton.com/

Actually, you should check the above link as often as you can because Josh keeps working on it quite a lot and at an impressive pace! I’m sure his aim is to get it better and better, but it’s already a great rig and very easy to use. Try it out, you won’t regret it.

It’s a Maya rig. Plenty of video documentation on Vimeo as well, just go to his blog and you will see the links there.

Thanks, Josh!

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Jason Ryan ramp up tutorials

October 20, 2010

Hi everyone,

if you like animation and if you want to either go over the principles again in a fun and entertaining way (if you’re an experienced animator) or if you want to learn how to animate (for aspiring animators) then please make sure you check these out:

http://www.jrawebinar.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=159

Save those videos on your computer and watch them over and over again, Jason’s style of explaining animation and principles, while he’s animating, is just priceless.

Also if you are keen to learn more in the same style, you might want to give I-animate a try. I know i will, when I’ll get the chance.

Best wishes,

Virgil