View Full Version : Exploring Middle Earth - Death Scene - dmcgrath

01 January 2003, 10:50 PM
Okay I just started my character for this one. I'm thinking of something along a Balrog that is a little "TOO" theatrical about his death scene.
I'm not sure on the story board yet, because I would like to use the scene flapper to start the scene. And then have him with a spear in him, flailing away ridiculously.
I'll get the story board up and hopefullly a character made within the next 24-hours. :beer:

01 January 2003, 01:44 AM
Here is the "simple" character. Now I have to rig it and test it out.

01 January 2003, 03:09 AM
haha that sounds cool!

01 January 2003, 10:05 AM
Thanks Joz, well here is the first installment, the storyboards (pretty quick and basic stuff).

I want him to land and then duck something (a rock) being hurled at his head. He laughs it off... and gets a spear right in the center of his chest. Then he begins to wildly over act a death scene, causing much hilarity by the crew watching the scene(of course they are off camera and therefore imaginary.).

01 January 2003, 10:55 AM
Cool, lets see an animatic now :bounce:


01 January 2003, 05:20 AM
Here's the animatic! I am really enjoying this. I've never made anything "overact" before. It's really a blast to do a cartoon style animation.

This is a slightly bigger and higher quality gif file. But it's really the same thing. (212K) (

01 January 2003, 01:31 PM
Great animatic, maybe he should fold his wings behind him when he lands.

What app are you using and did you render as individual frames ?

Vertex :bounce:

01 January 2003, 03:24 AM
Very dramatic:applause:
How about he clutches at the camera with his last dying gasp?
If you are going for melodrama, I'd really go overboard.

01 January 2003, 08:22 AM
thanks guys.

vertex: I am still working on getting the wings to fold back nicely, maybe I'll change them a little more. Also, I use Maya, and yes I did render individual frames then I comped them in Image Ready and made a .gif.

srv: I love the idea of grabbing the camera at the end. Maybe I'll turn this into a whole blooper style animation, like from Bugs Life, or Monsters Inc. Like have the camera fall over and have some crew in the background. If I have the time. I'm back in school next week and might be back doing lots of homework.

heres an update on the model's head. I think since he is going to be so close to the camera I'll use a simple blend shape for the eyes and mouth.

01 January 2003, 03:24 AM
looking good dmcgrath. When are you gonna post a link to an avi?

01 January 2003, 07:18 AM
I'm reposting a smaller file, its a little more complete for the spear in the chest part. It may be a little slow for the reactions, let me know if you think so.

File removed

01 January 2003, 02:44 AM
Updated test AVI File:

QuickTime Sorensen 3:

01 January 2003, 08:13 AM
Are you still going to do the dramatic staggering about etc in final animation?

01 January 2003, 12:49 AM
Yeah I'm still going for the dramatic staggering and the passing out at the end. But this thing has gone WAY over 15 seconds.

I think I'm going to have to cut a part of it out for the competition, but I'll keep working on it for my demo reel. I'm happy with the idea I have. I just need more input here.

02 February 2003, 11:05 PM
Here is the spearing, and then some staggering about a bit.

deathTest02.avi (550k) ( (

02 February 2003, 04:12 AM
Heres my newest bit. A little faster reaction on the spearing. And some tail movement.
Divx 5.02 again...
deathScene10.avi_800k (

03 March 2003, 11:34 PM
this looks awesome...I do think he needs to do the old looney tunes heel spin before he finally hits the dirt though.

03 March 2003, 09:26 AM
thanks drj, but I have so much homework to do now, I have to can this one. Hence the lack of updates.

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