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asphaltcowboy
01-23-2005, 12:58 AM
This is a little bit of animation from 2nd year group project (NCCA, UK - Computer Animation BA course); "La Place". The basic concept is that a 'traditional' French mime artist is upstaged by a more contemporary ('sleazy') mime artist. A 'mime battle' then ensues in the busy 'quasi-Parisian' town square, with each character trying to go higher and further than his colleague. I haven't done any animation since the 1st year (about a year ago now). This character is (obviously) the Sleazy fella (which one of my group members posted in the 3D still section) (http://www.cgtalk.com/showthread.php?t=203193) and I animated a little bit of moonwalk for when we are first introduced to him at the start of piece. You'll need QuickTime to view them (encoded with Sorensen 3).

SLEAZY_OLD (http://www.asphaltdesign.co.uk/anim/SLEAZY_OLD.mov) - First verion of the moonwalk with a bit of "Beat It" arm thrusting. Oh, and teh supah-cheeseh wink ;)

SLEAZY_NEW (http://www.asphaltdesign.co.uk/anim/SLEAZY_NEW.mov) - New, improved (in my opinion) version of the (moon)walkcycle. Removed the thrusting (it was a little tooooo much) and I may/may not be able to squeeze the wink into the final thing - not quite sure how it's going to work into the piece yet.

Comments and crits PLEASE! But please bear in mind that the deadline is fast approaching and I need to move onto other things so I probably won't have much time to change the basics of the movement (obviously adding the wink or something similar wouldn't be too hard).

Now I've got to animate "The Robot"... :roll:


NB: For any of you that can't get those working, try THIS (http://www.asphaltdesign.co.uk/anim/SLEAZY_NEW2.mov). It's the above 2 files merged together with a different codec. Still requires QuickTime.

WanielJorge
01-23-2005, 03:36 AM
:thumbsup: Funny and entertaining your work, leaning that could place sound, it would be better. :thumbsup:

bad English:shrug:

asphaltcowboy
01-24-2005, 01:48 AM
Thanks for you comments 3D STRONG!

Updated Movie (http://www.asphaltdesign.co.uk/anim/SLEAZY_NEW.mov)

Basically, this will be a sequence where he spots a kid with a balloon watching him (hence the first look and then the double take when he sees a potential 'fiscal' opportunity). He will then go into "Robot Mode" and try and get some money off the kid.

Lekku
01-26-2005, 12:43 AM
The weight transfer seems off.... The leg that supports the weight (at intervals) doesn't feel 'planted.' He seems to be skating, especially at the end. The Moonwalk is a really tough move to attempt - you are either very brave.....

anyway, hope it helps....

asphaltcowboy
01-26-2005, 12:18 PM
The weight transfer seems off.... The leg that supports the weight (at intervals) doesn't feel 'planted.' He seems to be skating, especially at the end. The Moonwalk is a really tough move to attempt - you are either very brave.....
...or very stupid, yeah I know! :thumbsup:

Thanks for your input Lekku, I'll try sorting out the weighting a little more - would you say it's just a question of repositioning the root at key times or are there issues with the feet as well?

bananamation
01-26-2005, 01:55 PM
almost sliding as much as Michael himself ;)

asphaltcowboy
01-26-2005, 01:57 PM
almost sliding as much as Michael himself ;)
er... is that good or bad? lol! :shrug:

Lekku
01-26-2005, 04:01 PM
It seems like you've emphasized the upper half of the body more than the lower... Do you have any video reference of Jackson in action? It's looking good, though. I can't wait to see him do the robot.

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