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05 May 2005, 08:53 AM
Hi Gang,

This will be my first Animation Session. I did some thumbs tonight so I figure I am somewhat committed now. I just hope I can see it through to the end (I've started so many little projects, I jump from wip to wip). Everybody's is looking good so far so I'm gonna try to keep up with you guys.

I'm putting the thumbs together in p'shop and will post them soon.


Animation Progression

Blocking [stepped] (
Blocking 2 with Breakdowns [stepped] (
Partial Refined Animation with In-betweens [splines] (

05 May 2005, 09:02 AM
AAaaaaannnnd I'm an idiot.

Ali, please rename my thread to the proper format since I am too much of a nimrod to remember to read over the sticky before I post.

Art :banghead:

05 May 2005, 09:44 AM
OK, here is the first board...more to follow.

I'm not sure I'll be able to do this in 10 seconds.
And I really have to go to bed now.


05 May 2005, 08:29 PM
Looks great Art!
I do think it looks like a lot for 10 secs.
AWESOME sketches by the way. Looking forward to seeing some 3D.


05 May 2005, 08:34 PM
Thanks Greg,

I think it will add up to more than 10 seconds as well. But, I think it will be a fun and challenging piece to animate just the same. If nothing else, hopefully I'll end up with a portfolio piece.


05 May 2005, 09:47 PM
Wow! Thouse thumbnails are great! :thumbsup:

05 May 2005, 06:52 PM
Nice drawings art,
I actually animated a scene just like this for my clown guy. check it out

05 May 2005, 01:41 AM
Oh well, I guess my idea isn't very original is it?

I guess I'll chalk it up to great minds think alike, eh?
Good stuff by the way!


05 May 2005, 02:54 AM
yeah that's what I was thinkin'
go for it.

05 May 2005, 05:52 PM
Maybe if you had some unique way of getting him in the cannon. Like sternio had his clown jump in from a springboard.

I like how you put together your thumbnails btw :thumbsup:

05 May 2005, 03:41 AM
It looks like my boards are WAY too involved. I'm going to start the anim about halfway through - from where the canon fires and he crawls out, equilibrium all out of whack.
I'll add the intro after the challenge.
I hope to have some very rough blocking to post soon.


05 May 2005, 04:17 AM
Hi Folks,

I've a very rudimentary video of the blocking. Take a peek and give some feedback if you don't mind:




05 May 2005, 07:02 AM
LOL, I didn't expect him bumping the camera.

Probably still too early to tell but at :09 he comes straight towards the camera and I don't know how well that'll work as being dazed going in a straight direction.

Just some ideas, when he first comes out and he's pushing himself with his legs what if he does a forward roll then he gets up? And what if he bangs his head on the cannon as he stumbles?


05 May 2005, 07:18 PM
Hi Ronan, great suggestions! Anybody else?


05 May 2005, 02:50 AM
Hey Folks,

I updated my blocking with some more breakdown keys. It's mostly still stepped but I added some splines here and there.

RIGHT-CLICK ME ( (2nd pass)


05 May 2005, 11:53 PM
I like where you are going with this ... is very funny ...
i like that you involved the camera as an actor too.

05 May 2005, 05:42 AM
Slurry it looks great. I laughed at the beginning parallelized guy part. And after he stands up, well the animation looks very convincing. Just for future, I mean when tweaking, I think that part sould have longer holds and faster actions with a lot of overlapping. It'll be fantastic anyway. Keep posting...

05 May 2005, 05:58 PM
Hey Slurry,

Great job so far!!! I love the little walk/push on the floor. Great stuff...keep going!!!:)

05 May 2005, 04:10 PM
Hi Guys,

Thanks for the kind words. I started my new job this week and I have to learn a couple new piece's of software, one of which is Motion Builder. That's been taking up most of my time.

I have the first half in-betweened and splined. I still need to tweak it alot. I'll post what I have after work.

Talk to ya soon!

Art :thumbsup:

**Edit: 2nd Pass (Refined Animation)

Right-Click Me (

05 May 2005, 04:25 PM
Looking good. I don't think the cannon should move to much in the beginning, in should move when package guy falls out of the front.

Good stuff though.


06 June 2005, 01:18 AM
Hi Jeff,

The cannon moving is supposed to be the recoil after the cannon has fired. I decided to animate the last half of my sstoryboards since I wouldn't be able to fit it all into 300 frames.
I guess it's kind of confusing, especially if someone doesn't look at the boards first.
Maybe I should take it out?
I could probably use the extra frames.
But that said, I doubt I'll finish this anyway. I haven't touched it in almost 3 weeks.
The new job has taken up more of my time (and energy) than I expected.


06 June 2005, 03:09 AM
I hear that, I just started a new job as well last week. But I'm still gonna try to post what I have.

A month seems like alot in the beginning, but at that point it's all blue skies, then next thing ya know it's the last week, or in my case the night before.


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