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R1PPER
02-22-2006, 07:21 PM
Hi guys...i need to animate a beanstalk growing out of a bean, with tendrils and leaves coming off at intervals...Thing is its only for a one off self promo piece so i don't want to spend money on plugins. I guess the easy and cheating way is to model it complete and bool the growth, but that will look funny on the extra vines. Second way is to animate a growing loft but not sure how to get the leaves apearing on that. Any sugestions welcome :)

PS...exprosso knowledge is next to nothing.

williamsburroughs
02-22-2006, 08:04 PM
Do you have a sketch of what the Bean Stalk looks like? Also, what kind of 'style' are you going for? I think it could be pulled off with some good planning. Like, rendering the stalk by itself, then the leaves, then compositing the together in After Effects.

<--//In the style category, it would be sweet to pull off in Sketch & Toon...and would look awesome as an Ink Illustration...just a thought.

R1PPER
02-22-2006, 08:36 PM
Hi policarpo....thanks for reminding me of after effects :)


The bean stalk is classic Jack and the Beanstalk with a Giant Main Trunk with lots of smaller vines and Giant leaves coming off. I have already rendered afew versions of the thing as a static image for a promotional flyer...i will post an image tomorrow.

But i want to do a follow-up with an animation. Im thinking of a really cool jittery camera work, stalk grows abit camera jiters around it, stalk grows some more camera looks down and your up in the heavens. Maybe in a cool sketch n toon or ipod video style...ive already got the jittery music in mind.

So i guess other questions are whats the best the way to add jitter...is it to just use steadycam and go back and forth small increments on the way up.

and an easy way to break open the bean. Explosion FX or cloth i guess.

soccerrprp
02-22-2006, 08:39 PM
Have you taken a look at XFrog by Greenworks? http://www.greenworks.de

R1PPER
02-22-2006, 08:46 PM
Thanks soccerrprp...i did think of xfrog...but figured it alittle excessive. But after checking out thier gallery it looks really powerful. Plus a 30 day trial woohoo, and the wife is out woohoo.

AdamT
02-22-2006, 08:49 PM
It should be pretty easy to do in XFrog, and I'm sure DPIT, but it takes a little while to get your head around it.

jackb602
02-22-2006, 08:58 PM
Thanks soccerrprp...i did think of xfrog...but figured it alittle excessive. But after checking out thier gallery it looks really powerful. Plus a 30 day trial woohoo, and the wife is out woohoo.

It sounds like Xfrog would be perfect for your job. They have some good tutorials at their website, and don't forget to check out their forum. (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Xfrog/) I imagine DPIT could do this as well. I bought it a while ago but haven't had the chance to read up on its features.

Jack

R1PPER
02-23-2006, 09:03 AM
http://img159.imageshack.us/img159/1185/picture16cn.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

This is the beanstalk.

Ive had a rethink...i think im going to do an email with an animated gif...so only around 12 frames required....Which means i can cheat it with masks and after effects.

Xfrog does look amazing...will have to have a play with that bad boy plugin at some stage.

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