Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Film Time!

This is it; That magical time of year when I go into my cave and don't come out until April. My storyboards for this year's film are almost done, to the point where I can tell pretty much what all the shots in my film are going to be. Now is the time to begin planning how I will complete this massive accomplishment in the few short months that I have. So I thought I would share my production schedule:

These two sheets are what a film looks like to me before the first drawing has even begun.  One is a calendar letting me know what days I have to do each shot, and the other is a shot breakdown, letting me know what pieces of animation there are to do in each shot.

I scheduled my shots from most difficult to least difficult in my calendar.  The red areas are vacation time when I will not be working as much on my film.  I plan to have all of my animation done by the time spring break rolls around, and after that I will spend all of April fine-tuning, coloring, and fixing things that do not work.

All the red stuff in my shot breakdown indicates things that have not been worked on at all, which at this point is everything. When I do some work I change it to yellow, and when I consider it finished, I change it to green. By the end of April, everything red should be green.

I blurred out the descriptions to keep my film a surprise

So that's it!  Look forward to my next film, coming in April...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


So first semester is now over and it is time for the much needed winter break. Here is the current progress on my model, next semester we go into rigging. For our final exam we had to do three blend shapes with our models: a blink, a mouth open, and one of our choice (mine is a brow up, and I got to learn how to do a wrap to get the eyebrow geometry to follow the facial geometry). Before the next semester begins I have to straighten the character's legs out because that makes it easier to rig.

UPDATE 03/21/11 - I straightened out the character's legs.

I am going to miss this class, Dan Platt was a really awesome teacher and I definitely learned a lot.


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Invisible Dragons

This is my last assignment for the semester in Greg Griffith's CG animation class. Also, I modeled the sword.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Timing and Space-ing

For this week's animation assignment we were assigned two random words to incorporate into a scene, and we were encouraged to use a character from our films. My words were 'quick' and 'glossy'. This is the current design of one of my film characters, though it may change, but it was fun to animate. I am also experimenting with the coloring workflow I will use in my final film, and seeing what kind of look I can get from my rough, non-cleaned up drawings.