Friday, 29 May 2020
We're liking this helpful video by Wade Nedstadt, hosted at YouTube, which shows animators how to make a desktop Playblast in Maya that looks almost as good as a full rendered movie file. Wade Nedstadt tweaks the Playblast settings in Maya, and explains how to create a Maya Playblast "that doesn't have to look awful anymore". It's a neat way to avoid long, time consuming renders, and a smart way to speed up your workflow.
Tuesday, 26 May 2020
|Keep your characters breathing|
Breathing is something that we do without thinking about it, rather like blinking. A good animator adds breath to his character, and keeps them alive.
The trick is to get into a pose, and stay there, but not let the character stop moving entirely. Some motion is necessary, just to keep a character alive and breathing.
Wednesday, 20 May 2020
|Jerich0 - excellent shot continuity|
These shots must play together in continuity, meaning that there must be a smooth flow from one to another. The pose of a character at the end of one shot should be the same pose in the next shot, or else the shots won't "hook up".
In animation terms, hookups are nothing to do with Tinder, or online dating. Hookups are about continuity, and on a film project it is the animator's responsibility to make sure that their shot hooks up with the shots on either side of theirs.
Tuesday, 19 May 2020
|Do the voice recording first|
Sometimes film-makers will try doing it the other way around, animating the characters first and then adding the voice-over, but this is almost always a mistake. The reason for this is that it is very hard to post-sync the dialogue.
The rule of animation film-making is always this: record your dialogue first, then do the animation.
Friday, 15 May 2020
|Animator's Survival Kit|
The solution is to offset the body parts so that you either lead with one part - perhaps the head - and then the other parts follow.
The head can lead, and the shoulders follows, or the shoulders lead, and the head follows, whatever feels most natural. The trick is to break up the action so that the different body parts overlap one another, creating the illusion of flexibility and overlapping body parts, or "successive breaking of joints", as Art Babbitt used to call it.
Thursday, 14 May 2020
|Free tiger rig from Truong|
The tutorials build our existing tutorials on quadruped locomotion, such as walks, trots and runs.
The transitions tutorial explains how different gaits can be combined using Maya's Time Editor.
Students who want to learn how to animate transitions should first learn to create a successful quadruped walk, trot and run cycle, before attempting to combine them into one piece of animation.
Tuesday, 12 May 2020
|Two characters talking in profile view|
When two characters are talking to one other, it seems logical that staging them in profile should work fine, but compositionally it doesn't work well.
Wednesday, 6 May 2020
Tomorrow Thursday 7 May Escape Studios is hosting a free "Evening With..." event with Steve Vasko from LinkedIn.
Steve Vasko is the Manager of Customer Success at Linkedin and has over 20 years of experience in high tech industries. In this webinar Steve will explain how to build your personal brand at Linkedin - something we recommend all our students do.