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Jastoph
08-19-2009, 05:46 PM
Howdy,

I just graduated from a 1 year intensive school where I spent 7 months focusing on character animation. I'd like to get some opinions and critiques on my demo so that I can improve it as much as possible.

I'll happily welcome any thoughts like what else I could add (more walk cycle, more lip-sync, a military themed piece, prop acting, etc) or what my current animations could use so they look better.

I've already gotten commentary about the time wasted on lighting and rendering, so no need to mention that. =D

Here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUQ5dhFWWlU

Cheers!

Delucubus
08-19-2009, 06:42 PM
Don't take this the wrong way, but from what it looks like you need to go back and re-visit the basics. Did this class teach you about timing, spacing, strong posing? Those things are all lacking from what you've got there.

Go back and re-visit the bouncing ball and other simple animation exercises you can do. You gotta learn to crawl before you can sprint, and before you tackle another dialogue piece I would really get a strong foundation of the principles.

There's so many resources online that you can use, just look at pro demo reels and pro animation tests for examples and inspiration.

Good luck, keep at it!

anmKevin
08-19-2009, 09:37 PM
aw I don't think it's as bad as Delucubus makes it out to be. I think you're well on your way. A lot of the posing could use work though. Act it out, film it and use that as reference. If you've only been at it for a year then I think you're doing better than a lot of people. Keep at it!

Jastoph
08-20-2009, 04:45 PM
Hi,

Thanks for the comments so far!

As it happens, my teachers never brought up these basics, save for the bouncing ball which we spent a quarter of a class on. Can you guys recommend any resources that could help me pick up the basics I missed out on?

Abazaba
08-20-2009, 08:23 PM
Animators survival Kit by Richard Williams. Theres a crap-ton of animation books out there, but this one really has everything you need.

As far as your animation, Id take any of the shots, cut it in half, and focus on giving more attention to a shorter animation. Try different movements. And, like the crit above said, acti out yourself in front of a camera.

best o luck

neo4trinity303
08-22-2009, 08:06 PM
check out Jason Ryan Animations stuff! He is awesome! You can't beat the animation gold he has, and the knowledge. good luck!

http://jasonryananimation.com/

http://jrawebinar.com/

DV

CGOutcast
08-23-2009, 01:22 AM
the dance, walk cycle, and bow at the end are your strongest pieces, put those first.

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