Sunday, 2 August 2009

AM Week 5

Oooof this week has been hard work!
Assignment - animate a ball going round an obstacle course and do a "devastated" pose. The animation principle we're concentrating on this week is "Squash and Stretch".
Got some poses up for review early in the week, but really struggled with the animation side of things. It looked awful for so long that it wasn't worth putting up for my fellow students to critique, but I slogged away at it and got it up for comment yesterday. As always, had some very helpful feedback and then have worked hard on it for most of today (Sunday) and am reasonably happy with what I'm submitting.
Animating has made me realise both how long a second actually is - you can fit a surprising amount into it - but also how short 5 seconds is! That was the time limit this week, and it really was difficult to stick to.

I have re-done the ending in the bowl, over and over and over, trying to get the timing right, then take some frames back from it so I could make other bits longer. Animated that part frame by frame, again and again, but in the end I think it's come out ok. Not too sure about the very end, but it'll do.

This week has been a lot of work, and has meant I've missed out on fun - managed to escape for a couple of hours to go to a party but had to leave early, and then missed my friend's gig that I wanted to go to. Oh well, I guess sacrifices have to be made! And it'll probably only get worse. Am hoping that this isn't the start of increasingly difficult assignments ... but I suspect it may be. I'll let you know!

In the meantime, enjoy my animation (or what you can see of it - kind of hard to make out, and it seems to skip half of it the 1st time you press play, but will play it properly if you do it again):

1 comment:

  1. Hi Sarah,

    I am really impressed with your animation of the ball being bounced around by the paddle. Did you animate the paddle yourself or was that already done. The ball appears to bounce around quite naturally.
    Shame you had to miss out on some stuff to get your assignment done, guess you will have to commit alot of fun time to animation, the rewards will be worth it. If you haven't got a laptop already maybe its time to invest in one, that way you can do your assignments during your lunch break at work. Assuming you get one lol.

    It's great to read about your Animation Mentor studies, keep the postings coming along. Even if its just to tell us about the assignment your working on when you get them each Sunday.

    Good luck Andrew :-)