View Full Version : Ryerson Short: Michael Jackson as Superman

01 January 2007, 03:10 AM
I am in a 4th year New Media program at Ryerson University. A friend and I teamed up to create our second animated short that may be worth showing to the world, the first one was just getting our head into the software. This one is our final year thesis and of course we want it to be great. It is a 2-3 minute short portraying Michael Jackson as a Super Man in a very simple setting. We want to focus on character animation over other aspects yet still create a polished product in the end to showcase at our end of year show and the web. Any input from the CGTalk community would be immensly appreciated, any help or assistance would also be welcome. Our progress can be viewed on our blog ( below are quick links to our most recent updates and our story.

The story: (scroll down a bit, and make sure you checkout the story board) (
Research involved so far (
Latest Character render (

We also need someone to create some simple sound effects and a possible comical sound track, if you know anyone please please please reply. BTW we need to finish this by mid-March, god help us!

Software being used is Maya and Photoshop...

Awaiting your inputs,


Update: Attached some of the latest image renders...

01 January 2007, 02:43 PM
well I tried signing into that blogspot so I could keep an eye out on yer progress but if you update this page I'll watch this instead.

What kind of controls have you put into your character? ie:
-FK/IK arms?
-broken hierarchy rig (so you can pin or unpin a limb to a space?)
-Do you have any video clips of the rig as it stands - only seen some still images
-how are you doing the face? Is it blendshapes, other methods that use a character set and library of poses or a hybrid of both?

liking the idea though - superWacko ..loving it lol

What version of maya? (only got a legit copy of 6.5 at home myself)

keep this thread updated and I'll take note too mate :)

01 January 2007, 05:00 PM
I will try and update as much as possible here, now that I know someone replied :)

No IKs have been set up yet. At the moment I am still rigging and only joints are there. We are using Maya 8 at Ryerson. For face we were suggested to use blendshapes so as soon as I am done rigging hopefully tonight, I will set that up.

Once the rig is complete I will post some video footage here, shouldn't be long. If you know any good blendshape tutorials please post...

Thanks for the reply, it was looking very lonely here :(

01 January 2007, 03:39 AM
man that is some pretty crazy looking stuff. I never thaught I would see Mr. Jackson and Superman in the same sentence....


01 January 2007, 03:48 AM
Some updates on the rig...I finally got it worthy of posing. I need to do the face morphs still I should have some animation this weekend. For now...enjoy..

01 January 2007, 02:16 PM

nice idea, and if you have some time to redo the model, why don't you add a fingerless glove on his hands. But this would look a bit tacky. Maybe add just one glove. One of those shinny ones he had on when concerting.


LINK to see the glove I was thinking of! (

01 January 2007, 06:33 PM
I could skin one hand that way, the textures are not set in stone yet....they have just been mapped

01 January 2007, 02:51 AM
I got some animation going. It's basic testing for now, not anything I will actually use in the actual short movie. But it's something for you all to look at until I have some more serious stuff up.

Video 1 (
Video 2 (
Video 3 (

Image render, textures and lighting are not set in stone. (

02 February 2007, 07:26 AM
New render, got some lighting going...I am starting to create the set using the 3-point system.

02 February 2007, 07:52 AM
Animation for one of the scenes. MJ flying in the far distant. With the motion blur it seems to come out ok, Any thoughts? This will be layered onto a scene where the kid is shown pretending to be dead beside a park bench.

FlyBy Scene 3 MEGS (click here to view) (

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