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09 September 2006, 11:59 PM
Here's the final version of my last assignment from AnimationMentor's Advanced Acting class. I hope you guys like it! :D

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09 September 2006, 12:36 AM

I think it was a good piece. It was short, but I really liked the really quick turnaround he did towards the woman when she said to go on vacation. But I think her facial reaction or whatever u want to call it seemed to... calm. But overall it was good.


09 September 2006, 02:06 AM
Nice job Jocelyn!

It feels very nice. I actually like the reaction she has and it also works well with the audio. I think the choice works well even without the audio too because there are so many choices that you're able to make about the relationship between the two characters and how the characters act individually. I think making the woman's face very frightened would have been the choice that most would have gone with if they would have went with their first idea, so good job overall!

09 September 2006, 06:59 AM
Hi Jocelyn, nice piece! I think my favorite parts are the "I'm relaxed" bit (love the arc and the flow of the body through the poses there) and the woman's writing (great subtle finger work and nice expressions to sell her personality). Overall I can't see anything that I would change, your poses were strong and readable and great timing throughout. Awesome!

09 September 2006, 03:35 PM
Thanks guys, I'm glad you all liked it! :D

09 September 2006, 05:28 PM
"get a handle on things"... this part is great !

i think overall this is nice.... but some of the patients actions seem a little too animated ? ( its almost like theres two types of animation in the scene -- the woman is animated beautifully in the last shot - but it doesnt fit with the cartoony style of the opening ).. i would liked to have seen the more precise animation in the last shot applied to the extreme actions of the patient... i think the whole "in your face" pose he does when he says "im on vacation" is too strong for the sequence as a whole.

09 September 2006, 06:49 PM
Thanks Winner, that makes sense. I probably should have gone with the guy directing his anger inward rather than at the counselor. If I had done that, he wouldn't have lunged at her and such. Yet, at the same time, the second shot would have to be different. I imagine she'd behave differently if Leo hadn't scared her. >_<

09 September 2006, 06:56 PM
Lol, I just noticed that everyone who's commented on my work says it's good overall. I'm getting pretty worried about that, it's not sounding too good. It's kind of like when something bad, but you dont want to say that so instead you say something like "well, you did a good job overall...". :shrug:If my scene is bad, please dont hesitate to say so...

09 September 2006, 01:59 AM
Ok Jocelyn, as a response to your post about being worried, I want to say that I really think your piece is great, much better than most stuff I see at my school :thumbsup:

Also it seems like you want some really hard critique so I rewatched it a few more times being as hard as I could (and remember I'm also still just a student haha). If there is anything...probably that when Leo stops his pacing to look at his watch his left leg seems to pop a little, like the IK seems to jump pretty far in very few frames. Also, when the lady says "take a vacation" it seems like you could make the last bit of "vacation" read more clearly. It reads a little more like "vaca-shoom..." like the mouth should be opened a little more to read the "-on" part better.

Keep in mind I could be wrong but those are things I thought I picked up. Great work again though, keep it up! I wouldn't mind having you return the critique to me later on as well :)

09 September 2006, 04:20 PM
Thanks for the crit and the compliment, Andrew! Everything you've pointed out was right, thanks for drawing my attention to those bits. I'd be hapy to critique your work. Just send me a pm or an e-mail to let me know when you want one. Thanks again! :D

09 September 2006, 05:53 PM
No one else has any comments?

09 September 2006, 06:28 PM
Overall good..... just kidding. I wouldn't worry about this piece. It's a smooth piece of animation. I personally prefer the subtlety of the counsellor to the more "cartoonish" patient's animation, but I guess the contrast between his excitement and her calmness is sort of the point of the scene. The only thing that seemed off to me was that the counsellor kept her eyes closed for so long while being yelled at. It's almost like she's frozen for a few seconds. I like her body language during that moment but if she looked at him kinda cockeyed right after closing her eyes, or had some kind of strong expression on her face during that moment it would feel better to me. Great work though

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09 September 2006, 01:58 AM
Thanks Burdennwoe, you've made an excellent point. I should have worked more on syncing up the counselor's movement across the cut rather than simple holding her and having her start moving after the cut. I agree that her facial expression at the end of the first shot could be pushed more. Thanks!

10 October 2006, 02:30 AM
Just thought I'd add a screenshot from my scene.

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