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futurcraft
01-22-2006, 10:25 AM
Hi guys!!
Do check out my very 1st complete animation project which was done using Maya & motion builder...
http://ebonynivoryskin.com/Monster_Mania.wmv
I would appreciate your critiques on watchin it..
Thanks.
Nick.

mimo8
01-22-2006, 04:23 PM
good little warmup job

the mistakes in your short are so basic that you perhaps know them all by yourself, or will findout very very fast when you dig into animation
anyhow here´s a quick hintlist:
• cameramoves are 3D and not cinemalike
• soldiers walk is ok for one person, not for more of them
you cannnot copy paste motion to a group
or (if its a background crowd) use loops less obvious
• the spaceships moves are not aircraft like
look for examples of flying / standing in the air ufo´s etc (lilo and stitch)
• the dorpdown move of the soldiers is ok ... aggain as in point 2
(here you could for example:
have one soldier running, jumping and dying in the foreground and some others,
drop dead like you have it. work with far and close action
(the far action can be more odd, when there is a foreground action going on))
• the alien geting up, smashing the airplane part is pretty ok

• overall poor story
(invest alot of time writing your story, planning your shot cinematographic)
• rarely builds up tension (watch and ananlyse movie scenes you see)


this is more an animation 1x1 then a crtitique.
animating a short takes time - a lot of time.
start with little scenes, single character or just objects animated
(these also can tell very appealing stories) to have a satisfying output in a acceptable time
keep up your motivation for animation and evolution will come naturally

futurcraft
01-22-2006, 05:49 PM
Thank you so muchh for ur critical analysis.. of mY animation..
I must admit.. that yea.. I could have worked more on the soldiers dying bit.. each soldier could have had a different motion... But.. just that to be frank with you.. I actually learnt motion builder from scratch.. and I jus wanted to get on with my animation in Maya.. I was fascinated by fluids.. so I used them a lott in the animation.. I did learn a great deal though in this whole process..
I really appreciate your valuable inputs.. & suggestions.. & yes.. I will have to pay more attention to the story so that I can give it a stronger n more gripping storyline..
Thanks once again...
Nick.

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