AM Class 6 – Polishing

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First let me say, time sure flies here at Animation Mentor! It is already the end of week 9, which means I only have two more weeks until Class 6 is complete and I am officially done with the Classic Character Animation track at Animation Mentor! This past week was spent really focusing on cleaning up my arcs, refining the face, tweaking the lip-sync, and addressing a lot of the arm issues I was having in the previous weeks. Based on my mentor’s feedback I still need to push the smile during the laugh to really sell it, and I still have some spacing issues that need to be cleaned up with the head near the beginning of the shot. One of the goals I have had for this class was to improve my facial animation. My mentor, Sean, has been doing an awesome job in helping me really get the most out of my facial poses. He always has such great advice and tips on how to push my poses even more and it has really forced me to improve on my facial animation a lot in a short amount of time.

Once I tackle my mentor’s notes and make sure they are all reading, I want to start working in some more subtle hand and finger movements, and I am also going to be testing out Animation Layers to try and incorporate some more shoulder overlap and torso squash and stretch. I’m hoping this will help get the laughs to read more in the body and not just in the face. I have also been keeping track of my hours on this shot to stay updated on my workflow process and in total I clocked around 32 hours from the blocking stage until now.

Here is the progress for this week. Be sure to check back soon for another update and eventually a my finished demo reel!

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/88547987 w=720&h=405]

AM Class 6 – Updates!

layoutWow, so I have neglected making a post on here for far too long! I have been very busy focusing on my work for my final term at Animation Mentor. This class is called Polish & Portfolio, which is pretty much exactly how it sounds. It is all about creating the best demo reel/portfolio of work we can by the end of the term so that we have a good foundation to start looking for jobs. My mentor for this course is the Sean Sexton from DreamWorks Animation. Sean is absolutely awesome, he makes every Q&A super informative and packed with great information, advice and stories to keep us motivated. I also really enjoy the personalized nature of this class. On the first day of class he talked to each of us individually and assessed our previous work as well as what our goals are for the future. He took notes and then has made individualized plans for each of us to get the most out of the class with him. After assessing my previous work, he determined that I had some good work to use for my demo reel and we would spend the first 4-5 weeks really polishing and improving a few shots even more for my demo reel. On top of that he had me start planning ideas for a new shot, one that involves a good showcase of acting, body mechanics and has some cartoony style to it . He said that all studios want to see an animator that can really make a character move throughout a scene and act on top of that.

For my blog updates this term, I am going to only be posting about my progress on my new shot and at the end I’ll post up my graduation demo reel which will also include previous shots that you have seen if you have followed my progress over the last 18 months. However, these older shots should look more refined, after doing some really detailed polish on them.

This week, I’ve got some video reference and my rough layout pass to show you. The layout pass is used to figure out things like camera staging and to get an understanding of how the character will move throughout the scene. This new shot is also a new style of animation and workflow for me. I am following the workflow Sean demonstrated for us in class which involves using video reference very closely during the blocking stage. I will discuss this in more detail when I post my blocking pass.

Video Reference:

Rough Layout