Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Updates

Not much in the way of ground-breaking updates- I'm just trucking right along. I feel like I'm going slightly slower than I should, so I'll be trying to speed that up. I'm one lip-sync away from getting a frame-by-frame shot animated, which means I'll have one more to frame-by-frame, and then the rest will be all puppet animation which should go a lot faster.

So that's me. How are you?

Friday, April 24, 2009

Background 1

One out of two background for my final. This is the more complex one and the other shouldn't take half as long. ...Hopefully..

Monday, April 20, 2009

Animatic!

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That is all.

LipSync

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Marie wishes more people w0re funny coats.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Walk cycle

Here's Marie flashin' a little leg. Hoorah.


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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Storyboards

Crappy, crappy storyboards.



I will excuse my own crappiness, however, because I'll be doing an animatic to work on the timing and stuff. So... it's not like I'm planning poorly. >_>;

Monday, April 13, 2009

Leonard Hautier

Finally. Apparently I don't need 2 model sheets but I've only got 2 characters in this short so I figured I might as well go for it. Leonard took long enough, but I'm pretty confident with his design.



I'm also going to go back to using black outlines for my characters. I really liked the way colored lines looked, but I hear it's a pain to frame-by-frame colored lines and somehow it never looks right when I vectorize the puppets. Le sigh.

Shejule

Apparently I don't know how to make a basic calendar template that would show up properly on the internets, so here's a really hard-to-read breakdown of my schedule from now until the end of the quarter:

  • April 15th: Stroyboards due
  • April 17th: Animatic due
  • April 22nd: Backgrounds rendered
  • April 27th: Puppets due
  • May 4th: Scene 1 animated
  • May 11th: Scene 2 animated
  • May 18th: Scene 3 animated
  • May 27th: Finals due (in-class presentation)
I'm going to try and get things done (esp. the pre-production stuff) sooner than the deadlines so I can get more time to animate. Hopefully. I think I need a bigger buffer period :-/

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Leonard

Some preliminary sketches for Leonard, the Queen of France's trusted hairdresser and gay companion.




None of these designs are what I want him to look like, but hopefully I'll get him right.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Jump!

Tutorial 02, aka Jump! Too bad my jumps aren't exciting enough to deserve that exclamation point...

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This is the tutorial done following the professor's example, and using his puppet. The puppet looks weird, but the jump just looks dumb.

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This is the tutorial done using my own puppet. You may remember this drawing from my color tests >_>;; Somehow this video came out all compressed and stuff, but I have no idea how to fix it. The puppet was imported at 300 dpi and then resized, but it still looks weird. Huh.

Either way, I think I'm slowly but surely getting the gist of this Flash thing. I'm also starting to think it's just like Maya, where the more you keep the program out of the animating process, the better. What do you, my classmates, think?

Monday, April 6, 2009

Critique

For class today we had to get together and critique each other's premise/scripts. I still don't have a lot to show for my project (no storyboards, etc), so I didn't receive a lot of critique, but I was suggested looking at the Sophia Coppola movie for references for the visual style of my film, etc. I bought some books about Versailles and Rococo court style, so I will be using a lot of reference.