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westmeadow
08-14-2003, 07:50 PM
Hiya everybody,
This post has been edited as I have finished the challenge. Here is my final animation:

My Challenge Entry (http://members.lycos.co.uk/assieuk/animchallenge.mov) 2.08MB .MOV

Here are a couple of grabs from the animation just to wet your appetite.

Shazzam, Barney and his talent.

http://members.lycos.co.uk/assieuk/screen01.jpg

Introducing, the monkey.

http://members.lycos.co.uk/assieuk/screen02.jpg

Assie

kaktuswasser
08-14-2003, 08:02 PM
lol, funny one! :beer:

xchrisx
08-19-2003, 02:12 AM
:thumbsup:

haha, nice character

westmeadow
08-19-2003, 12:35 PM
Thanks for the reply xchrisx, wow it must be good if you used your first post over all of the excellent work on here.:applause: Welcome to CGTalk.

Challenge update: I have built the environment in which it will all take place (including a table and a banana). I will start animating soon, and at the same time, i will build the monkey character which you wont see till later in the animation.

Assie

westmeadow
08-19-2003, 03:24 PM
ok, little update

I have updated my website and now it consists of a wip section. the first wip is this very challenge, so you can follow this challenge over there (http://members.lycos.co.uk/assieuk/firstwip.htm) too. Please also check out my homepage (http://members.lycos.co.uk/assieuk/).

This is what the scene looks like now:
http://members.lycos.co.uk/assieuk/bigbenv.jpg

I also have a rubbish storyboard here (http://members.lycos.co.uk/assieuk/bigbstorybd.jpg).

Assie

T4D
08-23-2003, 04:22 PM
cool i really like the idea :thumbsup:

westmeadow
09-01-2003, 12:19 AM
Hey, thanks for the support T4D. Progress is slow on this as i am still new to animation, but im learning!

Will carry on working on this, Assie

Milho
09-01-2003, 03:57 PM
Nice Assie.
Can't say much about the motion but the poses and camera look bad. You chose a straight angle. This leads to silhouette which is hard to read. So when holding the banana up or to his nose it is right before his body and you can't see it.

Here an example I found on google: http://www.spicycricket.com/SCA/SCA_anim3.html

Keep it up!

westmeadow
09-02-2003, 11:20 AM
Thanks for the reply Milho,
yeh, I totally agree (I also got the comment that it looks like he is putting it into his mouth)! I'll work on this problem!

Assie

renderwoman
09-02-2003, 01:00 PM
g0od idea ..very nice.try on!
:buttrock: :hmm:

westmeadow
09-02-2003, 07:44 PM
Thanks for the support! I am having trouble creating a good camera angle as well as portraying each of the poses clearly. What do you think of these poses:

http://members.lycos.co.uk/assieuk/poses.jpg

Assie

renderwoman
09-02-2003, 08:24 PM
i think that's g0od,if you giv the camera higher level!
that's better!
you can test it.:thumbsup:
hope you the best!

Milho
09-03-2003, 03:49 AM
The poses are better, but still I don't like that they are pretty "normal". I bet this guy wants to show off with the nose trick. So exaggerated poses will do better.

Best way for the banana in nose stuff would be to use a angle showing the guy in side-face. The silhouette of the banana shouldn't be covered by the body.
I did two examples which are probably not that good but I think they give a better idea of what I have in mind than my explanation. (hope you don't mind)

Cheers
:beer:

Milho
09-03-2003, 03:50 AM
[Sorry didn't upload on the first try]

grury
09-03-2003, 11:08 AM
i guess it may be too late to consider adding sum fingers to the guy, it would make your life much easier, i think, if he'd hold the banana with 2 fingers while showing it around and then stick it up his nose, u could even use a larger banana and then sum sort of FFD modifier on the nose to make it smaller as it enters the hole,. it just feels very akawrd the way he holds the banana.
but as Milho says, a better camera angle will defenitly help to identify the object and wot he intents to do with it.

dont give up

westmeadow
09-03-2003, 06:25 PM
Thanks alot for your great input here guys! I'll take all you have given into consideration and come back to you with what i get!!

Assie

westmeadow
09-04-2003, 11:48 AM
Hi, a little update! I would like peoples opinion on this so far. I may keep it as it is because i have so much to do right now, and i really want to complete this.

EDIT: The final animation :rolleyes: :
My Challenge Entry so far (http://members.lycos.co.uk/assieuk/animchallenge.mov) (2.08MB .MOV)

Thanks, Assie

Milho
09-04-2003, 03:08 PM
That was a great idea, bending out of focus. Looks nice :)

What I dislike is when he bends down in the fullshot and shakes his head just before the cut . It looks like "doh I'll never succeed" but that doesn't make sense. Wrong bodylanguage?!

Keep it up! :thumbsup:

westmeadow
09-04-2003, 07:18 PM
Good call on the shakey head part! I'll fix that!! My next dilema is, how am i going to get a second character in their? I will use charrigger to rig the guy. I have no idea, any help?

Assie

westmeadow
09-09-2003, 11:06 PM
ok, lil update. Due to time restrictions (and my talent restrictions :) ), i have only created the arms of the monkey, and you see the last half of the animation through his eyes. The last shot is only a rough test to see what it will look like. C&C welcome as always,

Update (http://members.lycos.co.uk/assieuk/animchallenge.mov)

Assie

Milho
09-10-2003, 10:02 AM
Originally posted by Assie
ok, lil update. Due to time restrictions (and my talent restrictions :) ), i have only created the arms of the monkey

Looks a bit strange with this 1st person view. But guess what! I can help you with your time restrictions (don't know about your talent though ;))
A monkeys head consists of a ball, two hemispheres for the mouth and two tiny balls for the eyes!
And guess what! A monkey's body consists of 2-3 big spheres! Heya and with this great knowledge it will be no problem to create the feet as well! Will take about 10 mins to create a monkey!

Sorry for joking but you know this is a animation challenge. You don't need Stahlberg(tm)-Models if the animation looks good.
Fortunately nobody will laugh at your model as long it is not intended
:thumbsup:

westmeadow
09-10-2003, 10:58 AM
i was thinking more in the terms of rigging the monkey and creating the interaction between the two characters.

Thanks for the monkey tutorial btw :p

Assie

westmeadow
09-11-2003, 08:36 PM
ok, i'm quite happy with first person/monkey view. So I'm going to keep it. I have updated the animation slightly (if you viewed the last update, no real need to view this one).

EDIT: Oh look, the final animation again :shrug: :

2.08MB .MOV (http://members.lycos.co.uk/assieuk/animchallenge.mov)

any ideas how i can make that final 5 seconds?I am really scraping the barrel here.

Assie

gmask
09-13-2003, 02:43 AM
I get a broken icon for your quicktimes???

westmeadow
09-13-2003, 11:29 AM
GMask, i have fixed that problem (had trouble uploading the file). What I have now is what i class as being complete. Although, if anyone can point out any problems or suggestions, please do so. Good luck with the voting everybody and here is to the next challenge (and improved ability).

My Final Challenge entry (http://members.lycos.co.uk/assieuk/animpage.htm) 2.08MB .MOV

Cheers :wavey: :beer:

Assie

Supervlieg
10-01-2003, 09:42 AM
All the links are broken...

westmeadow
10-01-2003, 07:12 PM
Perfect timing :rolleyes: Lycos are obviously trying to combat direct linking to movie files. I am gunna try and get this fixed sharpish.

Assie

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