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07 July 2007, 10:52 AM
Martin Sen is entered in the "Strange Behavior Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Final Render: Spaced Out - final (

07 July 2007, 10:55 AM

entering a bit late, hope I can finish

goodluck to all !!!

07 July 2007, 11:14 AM
huhu. You're entry promise to be great i think. Can't wait to see concept and first poly.
Have fun on this crazy challenge Versiden.

08 August 2007, 10:09 AM (

my concept for a short. I dim witted Hippo plans to cross a canyon by flying across... using a chicken as a means of flight. Not too clever.

I'll be working on storyboards and get a 2d animatic going soon for timing.. but there's no option to upload animatics? er......

08 August 2007, 10:12 AM (

more sketches

08 August 2007, 10:13 AM (

sketch for the hippo character

more to come...
comments/crits welcome ;p

08 August 2007, 10:23 AM
awesome character, no crits here! :beer:

Wayne jermaine
08 August 2007, 01:13 PM
nice character design man, good luck to you

08 August 2007, 03:12 PM
Nice concept..and cool ide for characters...

08 August 2007, 07:00 PM
Fantastic! Your characters have soo much...... character! Cant wait to see the models!


08 August 2007, 07:03 PM (

first bit of modeling, a bit messy but it's early wip ;p

08 August 2007, 08:22 PM
Hiya Martin:wavey: great to have you in this one mate, I always enjoy watching your work unfold... Great personality in this one already... good luck

08 August 2007, 09:55 PM
Hi Martin...

I like the idea and mesh look good.
Good luck!!

08 August 2007, 12:45 PM (

thx for the positive crits so far.. I'm hoping to get this model done today so I can start on the rig tomorrow. Time to stop being lazy ;p

08 August 2007, 07:52 AM
Nice clean modeling on the hippo, man. Looks promising!
I'm unsure too how to upload animatics or video with a filesize limit of 150KB!?!

08 August 2007, 10:47 AM
Nice to see you here Martin !

Sketches are so cool and modeling is amazing ! Keep the good work !

08 August 2007, 01:13 PM
Hey hows it goin buddy... good to see u return.. really enjoyed your past challange and i'm sure this one is gonna rock too... Very funny concept ur working on and the modleing looks very solid too. All the best mate!

08 August 2007, 09:33 AM (

finished the's taken a while longer ;(
I'll start on the rig and faceshapes..wohoo! ;p

08 August 2007, 10:10 AM
nice idea, nice characters....and I hope it will be nice animation after all, congratulations....good luck, have fun...I'll keep an eye on your thread in the future.

08 August 2007, 10:18 AM
I dig the characters. Nice Comic style. Can't wait to check the finnished thing

08 August 2007, 10:57 AM
hey Martin! Nice to see you around and entering ( and entertaining ). Nice concept and nicely done hippo. Even I do miss few things from your sketch like two fingers feet and few sharper edges, I think you are on great :thumbsup: Good luck!

08 August 2007, 10:52 PM
Your hippo model looks really nice. Wondering if your gonna mke it so the chicken is held to the hippo's back with straps?Cool stuff:thumbsup:

08 August 2007, 01:48 AM
Cool progress...the model is pretty good...keep progressing!:)

08 August 2007, 03:43 AM
hey hey the hippo is looking good... i love his overall form!! its so interesting!... great jon on the modeling... now drop him from the sky weeeee:bounce:

08 August 2007, 07:59 AM
very nice hippo, great shapes. but maybe a bit to normal to stand out and be rememberable?
he lacks that "special thing" that gets stuck in your memory and you associate him with. like a big diaper held by suspenders cause it is so full of... nah..
maybe some experiments with colors and render will be enough. or maybe when the pose and bird comes into the picture that might give it that little extra.
looking forward to see where you will take it! :wip:

08 August 2007, 11:58 PM
Hi, :bounce:

A cute and well thought character again from you. A big one and a small one. Definitely a Martin Sen style! Agree with fellah. Maybe a killer nose art on the hippo. Like old fashion airplanes. Ok, just joking. It's on progress and am sure you will create a stunning stuff as always!

Just :buttrock: again!

08 August 2007, 11:39 AM (

haven't had much time for the challenge lately.. Sadly real life is priority ;( I don't think I can finish my original concept, in terms of animation it's a bit hectic ;( I storyboarded it, and it worked out to 25 shots.. hmm, might not have time..

so I've been playing around with simpler ideas so I can finish... lingering on an idea of a space astronaut at the arcade games, sitting in a toy shuttle for 2yr olds.

08 August 2007, 10:51 PM
well...thats cool too....he looks like buzzlightyear....and is more stranger than before...i thinks that is a better it:scream:

08 August 2007, 08:22 AM
THis idea is as cool as the first one.
Keep going !:thumbsup:

08 August 2007, 03:59 PM (

wip wireframes...

08 August 2007, 04:02 PM (

head model wip so far, pretty happy with the shapes atm, will start blocking out the body and go from thr ;p

08 August 2007, 04:57 PM
very nice model, I'm waiting for more.

08 August 2007, 05:26 PM
Dude ur a very talented modeler...I'm very impressed with the clean models i see here.. the head is looking very good and totally reflects the concept work... job well done... now show me more some poly!!:bounce:

08 August 2007, 05:50 PM
Hey...nice modeling really a good one....i want to see him finished!:thumbsup:

08 August 2007, 05:53 PM
@ania - thx, working on the body, that's going to be slooooow

@overcontrast - thx man, guess im old school poly modeller...but I think it works for cartoony shapes ;p

@gpepper - thx, hope I can finish!

@melkao - buzz who? hehe, j/k... I think the buzzlighter character is so iconic that any astronaut/space-suited character is automatically compared to him ;( give me some credit, it looks nothing like him ;p

08 August 2007, 06:35 PM
@melkao - buzz who? hehe, j/k... I think the buzzlighter character is so iconic that any astronaut/space-suited character is automatically compared to him ;( give me some credit, it looks nothing like him ;p

i'll hav to agree with Versiden... the guy dosent look anything like Buzz!

08 August 2007, 07:23 PM
@melkao - buzz who? hehe, j/k... I think the buzzlighter character is so iconic that any astronaut/space-suited character is automatically compared to him ;( give me some credit, it looks nothing like him ;p

LOL...hahahahaha...i'm not saying that is the same character...just i am feeling the inspiration...that is cool like buzz...cause he has something like buzz on his shape! buzz's brother...ok?:shrug:

08 August 2007, 07:22 PM
Clean model Martin ! He is full of style !

08 August 2007, 06:32 PM (

the progress so far... should be done in a day I think so I can start rigging.

08 August 2007, 05:58 PM
dude that is looking fine!!!... o love how you used form and shape on the astronaut! jopb well done.. now put some color on the guy!!.. will be waiting for ur update!... ciao

Wayne jermaine
08 August 2007, 06:35 PM
nice modeling dude.. love the character design .. wooo!!

08 August 2007, 06:45 PM
Great contrasting shapes you got in that design! Really flows well. :)

08 August 2007, 08:02 PM (

Started on the rig, mostly I've completed the top half of the body, lower half to go! ;p
I'm enveloping on a low poly version of the body, it's easier that way.

comments welcome, l8r

08 August 2007, 08:08 PM
@overcontrast - looking fwd to a textured render too.. not looking fwd to unwrapping ;(

@Wayne jermaine - thx man

@Sandpiper - thanks dude.. hope the best isn't too bulky and hope it doesn't get in the way of animation

08 August 2007, 06:33 AM
Excellent modeling !
The rig looks cool even if I'm not very good in that part of the job.

08 August 2007, 02:20 PM
Excellent modeling !
The rig looks cool even if I'm not very good in that part of the job.'m not so good with that too! looks amazing....i have to work on that!:scream:

Wayne jermaine
08 August 2007, 02:59 AM
hey man i am loving the rig. suppper! good job man.

I love rigging:)

08 August 2007, 05:09 PM (

Rig is almost done, just a few tweaks here and there left to do.. l8r ;p

comments welcome.

08 August 2007, 06:12 PM
Great to see you in the challenge. Nice character design :D

08 August 2007, 07:04 PM
Skinning and blendshapes looks cool !

08 August 2007, 09:44 PM
dude the rig looks awesome!!!.. gr8 job on the skinning and the character looks very alive in those poses... gr8 job done!... keep on goin i got my eyes on ya!

08 August 2007, 03:18 AM
Solid rig Martin, he looks like loads of fun to play with... there's a small loss of volume around the knees when fully rotated but it shouldn't bug you unless you plan to go that far... Keep the killer updates coming:cool:

08 August 2007, 03:36 AM
Wow nice job!...the charactes has noce moves!....keep going!:D

08 August 2007, 12:33 PM
Very cool rig and lively poses!! :buttrock: like DaddyMack said the knees are a bit too flat when the leg's rotated and i assume he's gonna sit in the toy shuttle with his legs all bent cuz he cant fit. Looking forward for your next update :thumbsup:

08 August 2007, 03:20 PM
@authentic - thx man, it's been a while ;p

@gpepper - thx, alot of work still left to be done, at least the shapes are complete, just have to rig it together

@overcontrast - ta, i admire ur work too, keep it going!

@DaddyMack, @theblahblah - ye, its a small problem for now, still needs to be tweaked..need to add extra deformers to it I guess... argh, too many nulls already ;p

@melkao - thx for the comments

08 August 2007, 09:08 PM
really cool character and rig. show us a deformation or rig test :D (movie file!)


08 August 2007, 11:02 PM
@DaddyMack, @theblahblah - ye, its a small problem for now, still needs to be tweaked..need to add extra deformers to it I guess... argh, too many nulls already ;p

You could just plug a simple morph target/ blendshape into the rotiation of the knee to correct the tighter angles... Keep rockin mate

08 August 2007, 11:09 PM
@DaddyMack - ye, thought of that... it doesn't often work for a full range of motions, it's a quick fix approach... I'll do it if I'm feeling lazy ;p ..thx man!

08 August 2007, 08:37 PM (

plane wip modelling...

08 August 2007, 08:40 PM (


08 August 2007, 08:42 PM (

still working on the plane, I got the base shape working. I want to keep it quite simple looking, so nothing crazy.

It's quite difficult getting the right size, since the astronaut is so bulky.. I think it's working for now. I'll keep tweaking tho..

comments welcome..

08 August 2007, 08:49 PM
Hee hee :D that's great Versiden, I think you nailed the proportions and he looks nuts too:thumbsup:

08 August 2007, 08:51 PM
Thats it!!! I give up! Theres no hope for the rest of us with people like you in the world.... :D

Awesome job man! Really great! How much time have you put into it so far? A couple of hours a night? or are you just that fast?

08 August 2007, 08:53 PM
hahahhahaha...that looks so fun!...i want to do it...and his stupid face is killing me....good job!:thumbsup:

08 August 2007, 10:25 PM
@DaddyMack - thx man, I'll keep at it.

@slangford - not sure, I haven't been clocking... I'd say on average maybe 5hrs a day

@melkao - lol, thx for the comments

08 August 2007, 02:31 PM
Hello my old friend, man im looking all the steps inside the thread, youre doing an amazing job so far, really love it. the expressions are really nice too...
ill be back to see more of your work.

09 September 2007, 01:55 PM
Loving your model -real sense of character to him!

09 September 2007, 03:47 PM
haha the idea is very funny and cool. Good luck an energy to this challenge:thumbsup:

09 September 2007, 06:39 PM
Great astranaut model.. i like the character with personality that you had created:thumbsup:

09 September 2007, 09:01 PM (

simple rig for the ship. Main control makes it pivot, up and down. Steering control rotation in Y and swivel up down...

09 September 2007, 09:03 PM (

modeled some arcade machines for my set background.

more to come...

09 September 2007, 09:08 PM
@rattlesnake - thx alot for the support ;p

@Selina42 & Maxter - thx guys, looking fwd to animate soon!

@gG - thx, hope I finish, I haven't even done my storyboard yet..argh

going to start texturing soon, then I can start animating.. there's still more characters that I'm thinking I have to do (kids playing in the arcade). I need to finish everything before October.. so I have just under a month left.. ;(((

09 September 2007, 06:52 AM
You're doing a great job! The new concept is good as the first one and the design is simply amazing .Really love your style. Good luck!

09 September 2007, 03:13 PM (

my storyboard, finally!
very short and simple.. I'll start working on the animatic and getting the timing right.

09 September 2007, 03:17 PM
@medunecer - thx for ur comments, hope I can finish! only have this month to work on it ;(

09 September 2007, 03:29 PM
Excellent story !
I hope you can do the whole thing !

09 September 2007, 04:17 PM
very clear!....short story but very funny!...but maybe changind the shot 6 to other angle of the show where he is at the end, when the kid shows up...well just a though:thumbsup:

09 September 2007, 06:32 PM
awesome story and storyboard!!... really love the humer. I think u might think abt keeping the suspence for a bit longer. The stars could be a big display screen showsing a space game preview. Just an idea... keep it up.. its looking good!

09 September 2007, 10:24 PM (

I've been working on the set layout, arranging the arcade machines, get working on my light rig. Happy with the mood so far.. everything is a grey lambert for now, except the head which has a sss skin shader on it..

anyway..back to work

09 September 2007, 10:27 PM
@gpepper, overcontrast & melkao - thx guys, can't wait till I can get animated and get everything else out the way. I'll work on the camera angles more in the 3d animatic.

09 September 2007, 10:04 AM
It looks cool. I like the story too.

09 September 2007, 06:10 PM
fantactis scene....

i love colors, environment and character....


09 September 2007, 06:10 PM
fantactis scene....

i love colors, environment and character....


09 September 2007, 11:41 AM
Nice start with the lighting !
Do you plane to put things on the floor ?

09 September 2007, 01:04 PM
IT is very good inspiration for us,

keep the good work,

all the best to u.


09 September 2007, 07:25 PM (

textured the arcade games in the background, I've used video captures of old arcade games that I have for the screens. mame32.. ahh nostalgia ;p

textured the floor pattern, and done with the ship textures, few tweaks and fixes still.. like the glass shader on the ship.. but otherwise, moving onto texturing the main character...

09 September 2007, 08:29 PM
excellent martin. i'm very enthousiastic about your entry. Great lighting.

09 September 2007, 08:51 PM
Looks very impressive, man! :wise:

09 September 2007, 09:01 PM
OH that's so cool..very's brother looks so fine in that environment!..keep going:thumbsup:

09 September 2007, 01:23 AM
WEEEeeeee e e e e ee .. . . . ..

09 September 2007, 07:40 PM
chueet job on the lighting and color man... u go brotha!

09 September 2007, 09:31 AM
Fantastic! Ah, the good ol' times, when game character were just few pixels and not milion of polygons!

09 September 2007, 01:02 PM
Hey Martin...

i love colors...
(i like rest a little glow to video games... why? simply:
If i can see old games in screens... problably
I will remember those times more easy.

How many hours of Galaxians.... oooooohhhh....)

other option is iluminate s little more the names of games in machines... (TOP).

but this is only my opinion....

Remeber..... your work are SPECTACULAR!!

i love the style.

09 September 2007, 04:14 PM
you got a great sence for cartoons, Martin! i'm a big fan of purple(and penis noses.. :/ ) so this is definitely my cup of tea and something i will enjoy following.

09 September 2007, 06:25 PM
It is exactly how I imagined !
Great job, I can't wait to see the texture work on the spaceman !
Did you use a SSS shader ? His nose seems to be very transluscent ?

09 September 2007, 07:16 PM
@authentic - thx man, It's the main lighting for now, and I'll tweak it for each shot


@melkao - maybe he's distant distant cousin ;p

@DaddyMack - lol, ye.. animation gonna be fun!

@overcontrast - thx for the comments man,

@medunecer - i was so much simpler, 8 bit nintendo games, and swore thumbs!

@infoarq - I'm not sure about copyright or if I'm aloud to use brand logos, so I've used a generic label for each aracde (Except for the shooter which says Time crisis3, I think I should remove it) Can u make out Street fighter II in the distance? love that game ;p

@fellah - lol, dude, now everytime I look at him I see a penis nose... argh!! thx!

@gpepper - ye, it's a sss fast skin shader. Is the nose a bit too translucent?

09 September 2007, 07:20 PM
The nose and the face seem a bit too transluscent to me, yes.

09 September 2007, 11:26 PM
All I can say is, Wow! I really like the way you are pulling this together so well.

It's all amazing! :)

09 September 2007, 02:50 AM
I love it.:bounce:

09 September 2007, 05:19 PM (


09 September 2007, 05:23 PM (

here's the progress I've made so far. Textures mostly done, I've made a point to keep it very simple. I haven't yet made any changes to the sss level on the skin, will adjust it a bit later.

Need to move on quickly... only 3 weeks left for me, have to start on the boy character, then onto animation..

09 September 2007, 05:27 PM
@gpepper - yeh, I'll look into it, thx man!

@Paul4wood - thx for the support, glad u like it so far

@behzad - :thumbsup::thumbsup: sweeet dude

09 September 2007, 07:30 PM
nice going mate!!!.... IMO the skin is a bit too redish?... Love the expressions on his face... keep going!

09 September 2007, 08:33 PM
Nice !
Is the noise wanted ?

09 September 2007, 08:53 PM
@overcontrast - I've got a very purple key light on the left that makes it look that way, I guess it will be ok once it's in the environment.

@gpepper - it's a low sample render for now, nope.. noise not wanted in the final

09 September 2007, 12:49 AM
very nice, like your works from previous challenge, so no question this going to another GREAT work!!:)

09 September 2007, 11:32 AM

No. We Love This Character!! And Textures. (and His Perfect Poses)

09 September 2007, 11:49 AM
its wonderfull work :) can't wait to see the first anim test

09 September 2007, 07:12 PM
Heīs obviously really a tuff guy... cool expression, nice concept...

Keep it up:thumbsup:

09 September 2007, 09:57 PM
Martin is Congratulation.Beautiful face to convey and Texture..:thumbsup:

09 September 2007, 09:48 PM
I like very much the colours and the form, it reminds me on Toy Story and Disney production in a good sense... it is very eatable!
Countdown and Launch! :)

09 September 2007, 04:44 AM
I really like the expression on the character. You might want to move the light source up just a bit though. In its current position, it lights the character from below, giving him a bit of a creepy look... Unless that's what you're going for.

09 September 2007, 06:54 AM
By looking at your storyboard, I'd also would say to not show the arcade"hall", untill the very last moment. IMO there will be a bigger climax at the end! Great characterization and very nice idea! I''l follow along..

09 September 2007, 07:30 PM
This is looking really terrific! I hope you get everything done in time... you could always cut out the boy if need be. I know it's not your plan to, but it would be a shame to not see your final entry finished, it's so terrific! Anyhow, great work! :thumbsup:

09 September 2007, 09:01 AM (

some doodles of the boy character. I've been too lazy to scan these in, did this a few days ago.. started on the model, will post WIP's soon.

09 September 2007, 03:42 PM
hey Martin nice drawings... If you want my opinion, sudnt the kid be more younger... I'd say somehting around 4-5 yeas old.. just a cute little thing.. that wud make the whole situation more stranger... just my opinion... cant waut to see the model done...

09 September 2007, 11:30 AM (

modeling all over again ;p

wip of the kid model so far, I've tried to make him alot younger from my sketches, thx for the advice overcontrast ;p

going to add more detail/wrinkles to the cloth.. more to come

09 September 2007, 03:38 PM
Nice start Martin !
I agree with Zubuyer, making him younger was a nice idea !

09 September 2007, 02:31 AM
oh nice we are progressing very welll....keep going!:eek:

09 September 2007, 07:27 PM
its wonderfull!

Just the boy nose isn't like the reference.

So, Good work!
Waiting for animation and updates...

09 September 2007, 08:22 PM (

boy wip so far, I thought it would be cool if I continue on the space theme, I've modeled toy props for the kid.

I don't usually go off modeling without a complete design, very bad approach.. lol ;((

09 September 2007, 08:29 PM
@infoarq, xioncajou, Hazaro, npantic, tastatura, overcontrast, gpepper, melkao - thx for the crits guys.. appreciated it

@vmulligan - thx for the suggestion, lighting isn't final, but I'll take that into consideration.. ;p

@MVDB - ye, the intro is bugging me a bit.. I want to keep it thr longer too

@walrus - thx for the comments, hate leaving things out, hope it doens't come to that

@julianobezerra - ye, Im going a bit off on a tangent.. there's no return! ;)))

09 September 2007, 08:46 PM
excellent martin. I love the helmet and its relation size to the head of the boy. Nice work on the clothes too. Is it by using zbrush/mudbox or is it "real" modeling ?

09 September 2007, 08:59 PM
sweet modeling on the kid bro... me likeee! no crits.. go on..

09 September 2007, 09:15 PM
great model....

i love these little details in clothes.

09 September 2007, 09:24 PM
Beautiful modelling on the kid, love the mouth :) Very Pixar. Can see you're a pro, everything is very tidy, nice work. Lots of wow factor, congrats

09 September 2007, 11:45 PM
@authentic - heya, the clothes are modelled, no zbrush or mudbox :eek:

@overcontrast, infoarq, Trickz - thx for the feedback guys! texturing soon, not going to do alot of blendshapes for this character, so it shouldn't take long

09 September 2007, 06:53 AM
I don't usually go off modeling without a complete design, very bad approach.. lol ;((

Looks nice all the same !

09 September 2007, 11:33 PM (

done with the boy character, I'll probably tweak the shaders more over time, but the rig is done for the most part.

struggled with the textures, XSI can't smooth out UV's.. so it's a guess as to where ur painting most of the time, haven't found a work around this yet (any suggestions?)

ok.. moving on .. ;p l8r

09 September 2007, 01:06 AM
:cry: I want his Tshirt!

Seriously tho.. he looks great V! He has a real commercial quality feel to him which I think helps carry the theme you've got growing further. His face is somewhat obscured by the visor though... it could make it more difficult to communicate his expressions clearly... Maybe less reflect?

A question for you about the knees if I may... How have you gone about handling the leg and pants for deformation around the knee area? I've always had trouble with pants that stop below the knee and I'm curious if you've got any magic tro share about it

09 September 2007, 06:09 AM
kik start there ! very impressive cute little model and urpropositions r great. can i know which pakage u r using?

all the very best,
cheers ,

09 September 2007, 07:01 AM
wow, this little guy will surely be refreshment to the scene, he is in clours and the size different from main character! Excellent work!

09 September 2007, 07:02 AM
As Daddy said, I want it too ! :bounce:
A top work here again ! He is great !
It smells somthing good for the final jury here !

09 September 2007, 03:35 PM
In your objectīs texture projection PPG thereīs checkbox for "smooth when subdividing". Not sure if this is what you are looking for. Anyway, very proffesional approach in here. Keep up great work!

09 September 2007, 04:23 PM
@DaddyMack - thx man, I want this tshirt too lol... as for the knees, I haven't done anything, the bit of the shorts that fall below the knee bend with it, it's not a perfect rig at all, but for the purposes of this project, I don't need to be bend completely, so I haven't yet fixed the knee/shorts area. Hope I make sense. I'll fix it later after the challenge and use him for future animations.

ye, the visor is a problem.. I'll continue tweaking

@pixelpiyan - I'm using XSI|Softimage

@npantic - thx alot for ur comments :thumbsup:

@gpepper - hehe, lol thx.. ur work is gr8 too!

@Oweron - I found that, but it isn't perfect work around, When I actually stamp the UV mesh, I'm looking for a way to smooth that, so I know exactly where to paint. 3dS max had it.. and I never had problem with coords. XSI is tricky. I tried subdividing the mesh, the relax under the texture editor, but it also isn't perfect - it smoothes in some areas, and other parts it's jaggered... Any thx for the help ;p

09 September 2007, 04:54 PM
Hey...that kid looks amazing......pixar quality!......nice work...this is one of my favorites!:thumbsup:

09 September 2007, 05:57 PM

no words.... only see the results....

09 September 2007, 09:44 PM (

Software: XSI

progress so far for Shot2A. I've divided Shot2 into 5 parts, I've left it as "shot2" for now mainly because the camera the same throughout.

anyway, here's my workflow.. comments welcome.

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09 September 2007, 09:50 PM
er, seems the uploader didn't complete, only half the file went thru.. that sucks ;(

09 September 2007, 10:02 PM (

Software: XSI

ok.. attempt 2 at uploading.. test test..

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09 September 2007, 03:37 AM
hehehh... nice one V!.. you've got loads of energy in there mate, thanks for the lookin @ your pose to pose workflow too:thumbsup:

09 September 2007, 10:32 PM
wow, this looks damn nice!

the animation has alot of power..more more! :)

09 September 2007, 11:46 PM
These first animation tests are peeerfect! Great to see (and to learn from...) Great job!

09 September 2007, 09:46 AM
Excellent animation skills! Very funny movement. Coooool.

09 September 2007, 04:10 PM
looks pretty nice mate...nice animation...cant wait to see it finished!:beer:

10 October 2007, 07:13 AM

thx for the comments guys

I haven't been able to upload anything new, I'm having trouble downloading java to run the cguploader... Anyway, once I fix that problem I try to update


10 October 2007, 08:09 PM
amazing work with the animation man!!:bounce::bounce::bounce: bring me some more! I WANT MORE U HEAR ME!

10 October 2007, 11:04 PM (

Software: XSI


haven't updated in a while, couldn't download java for some reason, finally got it going.

Here's the shot progress so far...
comments welcome..

Haven't had alot of time for the challenge, but I'll try to finish the remaining shots

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10 October 2007, 11:45 PM
We never really stood a chance against you this time mate... It's clear that you've invested solid energy into this Martin and my spidey sense tingles every time I see an update.

The stop start and hold business you've got going in the animation gives it a really playful sense. I love the spot after he pushes the button and also the stretch on his face when it flies by close up.

I watched it a few times and the only point that stuck out as potentially needing attention is the rodeo pose (Right arm in the air) something seems a little off with the weight but I can't pin what

Humble :bowdown: good sir

10 October 2007, 11:57 PM
It's a :thumbsup: and a :bowdown: good to be here to watch. Honestly one of the best moments during challenge. Thanks for!

10 October 2007, 04:58 AM
wow thats some nice animation...the character has great appeal, great stuff!! :P

10 October 2007, 06:05 AM

10 October 2007, 09:44 AM
excellent !
Great job Martin !

10 October 2007, 11:49 AM
There are some excelent animatins martin. I suppose that they will be cut by flashed or other scenes ?

10 October 2007, 09:57 PM
wow...the integration between the character and the ship is amazing, and good job with the face expresions...nice job my friend!:thumbsup:

10 October 2007, 03:23 PM
bastard, stop now.. or...... you will make us sad once the results are announced.... :cry:


10 October 2007, 10:00 PM (

Software: XSI


anim update ;p

I've changed shot 1 from the storyboard, I didn't have time model the helmet... so I made the shot a bit simpler, or harder.. depends on how u see it ;p
Animation problems I can see already.. but I'm running out of time ;(((

cool.. catch ya l8r

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10 October 2007, 10:03 PM
@DaddyMack - thx for the fresh set of eyes, I'll try to see what's off with it

@Tremoside, HFix, adib, gpepperm fellah- heya, thx for comments guys. I'll try to finish

@authentic - yeh, I was thinking about that.. I'll see what works when I get to the comp'ing phase.. thx man

@melkao - the body mechanics are quite a challenge, but I'm having fun animating this guy ;p

10 October 2007, 11:11 PM
Amazing again !
Looks already perfect ! With the render and sound, this animation is going to be great !

10 October 2007, 01:54 AM
Pure V! sweetness in the new anim too, well done... I thought about the rodeo shot and I think it's because the ship appears to propel him briefly whereas in most of the others it kinda looks like he's making it move... I think it was just the switch from force to force that threw me a little.

Umm... any animated renders???

10 October 2007, 11:12 AM
Hey Martin, how is the interaction in the viewport with that model/rig ? do you have some sort of really low res model (like detached polys) or something ? How did you handle those beautiful deformations ?

It's a fantastic work! The animation is top notch and the design is awesome!


10 October 2007, 12:01 AM
@gpepper - thx man... I need to finish soon so I have enough time for comping and sound edit.

@DaddyMack - yeh, I wanted to play around with it and have the ship sortof move him around, I wish I had rigged the whole body for some cool stretch, but I guess no time for R&D.

No animated renders yet, currently I'm rendering shot1 while I work on the others, which is taking forever! 20minutes a frame ;((

@liquidik - the fps in the view port is quite slow, maybe 1.5 fps. I run a capture in XSI (Maya playblast) to look at it in real time. I'm animating at 25fps, maybe should have done it at 24.. oh well ;p
I'm not using a lowres mesh, creating poses is a decent enough viewport update, to see it run realtime I just to a quick capture.
Facial deformations are a combination of blendshapes and bones. I have a "mouth" bone that makes the whole mouth shift around, and I have a jaw bone as a child of that bone to make the mouth open close.

10 October 2007, 02:53 AM
That animation is insanely good, top quality. sigh... haha. well done. the details are wow, did you hand animate the head bob and everything?? haha nice

10 October 2007, 07:06 PM
2o minutes/ frame is crunchy V! I hope you are lucky like me and have 2 pcs so that the monster can munch renders while you click away on the workhorse... If not the BOXX will slot in nicely;)

You could create a render seq of your BG yeah (because of all the mame vids) and reuse parts of it in shots where the cam is still... allowing you to only render your foreground for some shots hopefully saving you some time...

May the force be with you

10 October 2007, 09:46 PM
Fantastic work,... very detailed, cunnig and balanced animation... errorless! :eek: :eek: :eek:

10 October 2007, 10:15 PM
loving it. great character design. i can't wait to see a final render. good expression and personality in this guy. really nice.

10 October 2007, 11:07 PM
Very impressive stuff! Great design and animation. This can't be your first animation :-)
Good luck!

10 October 2007, 05:43 AM
for some reason I cudnt see the animation, it wasnt downloading... but this morning i get to see it finally... it looks really good. Although I could suggest one little thing. After he presses the button for the first time. U might think of giving a hold of couple of more fremes there to make his furstration read better. I know the time is an issue here... but hope that helps.

doing a gr8 job here... keep it up.:thumbsup:

10 October 2007, 04:43 PM
Hey Martin, really great work you have here! :thumbsup:

If you finish on time, I'm sure you'll be a strong contender for a prize. Good luck!

10 October 2007, 04:14 PM (

Software: XSI


completed shot3.. I'm glad it's done and out of the way. The sound is pretty shitty with this compression.. hope u guys don't mind it too much.

I was thinking, shot01 - 03 works on it's own, I might not need shot04-05 at the end to complete.. what do u guys think?

I've animated shot04 actually, I'll upload it too

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10 October 2007, 05:53 PM
this is really nice. love this guy's attitude and personality.

nice movements in your animation.

10 October 2007, 10:06 PM
Hey Martin, That looks nice... but one thing didnt look okay in my eyes. The time when the Astro guy slaps the steering wheel, the timing looks very fast, mayb putting some more inbetweens might help. Will be waiting to see this finish.... :thumbsup: all the best

10 October 2007, 01:21 AM
haha what can you say. Love it. I like the timing. See you on the next Pixar project ;) What sort of experience have you had?

10 October 2007, 03:08 PM
dude that's some impressive sh!t you've got going! i'll be keeping an eye out for the final! good luck! :thumbsup:

10 October 2007, 06:49 PM
I think I found the winner...

10 October 2007, 06:57 PM
Very nice man! :applause:

I think you have the best astronaut-spinoff in this contest:)


10 October 2007, 08:07 PM
Awesome stuff. I can't wait to see this one once its finished. I also see your a Zoolander fan (it should be at least..... 3 times that size). Fun!

10 October 2007, 09:45 PM
i think too. your work itīs one of he best...
simply when i was on class i used internet to see examples of people...
some works are increible and help me to explain and motivate my students... ( course of 3dmax).
and belive me this work are fantastic. high level... congratulations.!!
where put the 3dboxx???...

in my case admire a lot to these people who make these work!!.
some time ago. i work on arquitecture for some companies. (need money for my family... have twins cost a lot of money). My work on training center itīs only for some months and need produce,produce and produce buildings.... (class: 9:00 to 14:00 (autocad/3dsmax/photoshop/bla bla bla.....) - play with childrens..... client projects 23:00 to 5:00, 6:00, 8:00 ..... aaaaarg!!)
i havenīt time for investige on characters anim because this donīt give me work.... I HOPE CAN ANIMATE IGUAL YOU IN A FUTURE... BELIVE ME... SIMPLY ARE INSPIRATION!!.

i now i will finish.... because i can cry......

pd: my english are the same level of my character animation hahahahaha

10 October 2007, 01:52 PM
Hey Martin, that's a great animation, your model is superb. Keep going, I'm looking forward
for your progress and the final animation impatiently. Cheers!

10 October 2007, 02:43 PM
Wow...the expresions are really nice..this will be a really nice when finished....can you give me one copy of your animation when finish?hehe:twisted:

10 October 2007, 08:38 PM
*hangs sign*

Quiet, genius at work

Good luck Martin.. we're all looking fwd to seeing the rabbit you pull outta your hat here

10 October 2007, 12:33 PM
I WANT THE MOVIE!!! i mean a TRUE MOVIE!!! he hehe this character is great! There are great potential in it!!! genius! I love this guy!!! is perfect for a TV serie!!!

10 October 2007, 09:56 AM

thx for the feedback, much appreciated. It's heading towards the final stretch. I've completed all the animation that needs to be done, now setting up the remaining shots for lighting and rendering. I'll post up the lost shots that I've done.

Trying to render out with motion blur, but it's taking 4+hours per frame, opposed to 4minutes a frame without it. Will have to find another way to do it in xsi...

@r1-381 - hehe thx, I hope it gets a few smiles

@overcontrast - the bit with the big final slap? or the one with the little ones? ye, there's no inbetweens, I've tweaked it a bit to adjust the timing on the last few ones so it doesn't look too even, but otherwise.. time is my enemy ;(

@Trickz - heya, thx for the comments. I've had just over a year in character animation working on kids short films here in SA. Not alot of experience, so I'm still new and still alot to learn.

@ragdoll - thx man ;p

@gpepper - well, I wouldn't count my chickens before they hatch.. haha.. bad joke, but that one's just for u. Atm I'm looking at it for portfolio and job opportunities

@aghill - there's plently space in this universe for more ;p

@Arrrgh4life - bluesteel! haha

@infoarq - thx for the comments, its very motivating

@ashiataka - it's getting thr, wish renders didn't take so long

@melkao - there will probably be a downloadable version, I just have to find space. The guidelines in this challenge is 640x480, so I'll letterbox it.. but I'll make a high res version that's 16:9

@DaddyMack - cool.. I'll update shortly

@OZ ... hmm, that's an idea... he needs a sidekick.. hhehe.. if I had time I wanted to actually have him sitting with a stuffed bunny, but looking at the animation.. I'd say that's difficult to have fitted in 2 characters in that small ship.

10 October 2007, 10:05 AM (


here's shot 4 & 5... all animation done now.. yay!

I originally had the kid with the helmet and pointing his gun, then at the end he woulda shot the astronaut with the suction bullet sticking to his head.. but it didn't make sense at the end. I wanted to emphasize the Strange Behaviour.. so the kid looking at the astronaut in disapproval works out better..

hmm, now without the helmet.. I didn't intend to show his bald head.. lol, have to work out some sort of hairstyle ;p

cool... let me know what u guys think


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10 October 2007, 11:57 AM
No Comment....
We Have A Winer!!

10 October 2007, 06:53 PM
Beautifully underplayed Martin, these shots really contrast your 2 and 3 with movement style and mood... I'm not sure why but I didn't find the boys anim as convincing as the rest.

I'll try some 4:30am analysis though... The shot could be just a little longer to give the boy long enough to get his message across clearly. He breaks the action so I think it is important... There doesn't appear to be any reason for him to move his foot (unless he was going to take a step backward like 'ooookkaaayyyyy'....)... possibly it would be stronger to keep him still and have him hold a look of disapproval or confusion longer before shaking his head at him.. The last shot of our hero squirming and then looking at us is beautiful...

When I grow up I wanna be just like you;)

Good luck V!

10 October 2007, 08:02 PM (


should have uploaded this a while ago.. I've just been flipping thru the WIP's that I've saved over the duration of this challenge.. had this one hiding .. haha

basically I did the lighting/feel I wanted to achieve in PS, pre viz'd it out.. then tried to match it XSI

everything is grey lambert shader, and I light from thr

10 October 2007, 07:56 AM
As I remember I told you few times in past challenges how fine work you're doin. Martin, have to repeat myself again. It's awesome! You push high quality from all aspects. Good to keep an eye here :) Keep it up! Concentrate for these last days! The huge creative part is already done, just put the pieces together. You know better than me how it's working. Am just impressed by every cool update from you. Thanks for the insiration! :bounce:

10 October 2007, 11:20 AM
I like character animation a lot. Idea is great. I think it is very good entry. I can't wait to see the fimal animation I will put it on my PSP alon with other animations I admire.
Well Done

10 October 2007, 03:26 PM
Hey martin....i love the glow ligths in the back. they looks very nice....but i thjinks the best part is the animation and de integration between the character and the ship...for me, thats a very hard thing to do...but you did it my friend, nice job:thumbsup:

10 October 2007, 02:04 PM
OH! UH! AH! koooooool! i mean... looks perfect! Can't wait to see this work hems...ok ok ...u understand me? right! Seriously,this work rocks really! is fantastic in any side! if the audio track will be of the same level than the imagery,well, i have choosen my winner. Great...great...great a matter of style...a style i personally love.
a MUST HAVE in a futurible cgi short collection!:buttrock:

10 October 2007, 09:20 PM
Keep it up my friend, just as in previous challenges! Your work is one of the bests! No doubt. You just have to focus on tasks. Sounds easy I know, but a huge part of the community thinks the same if I can say...! I love this scene!

Wishya all the strength :thumbnail:

10 October 2007, 09:31 PM (

render & comp of shot1

10 October 2007, 09:33 PM (


10 October 2007, 09:36 PM (


ok, that's the renders so far... shot04 mostly done.. just trying to get the shadow pass renders complete.

shot05 is still rendering.. having a few problems ;(
hoping I can get it done..

right now.. not so optimistic about the sound...

10 October 2007, 09:39 PM
@melkao - thx alot man ;p

@pierzak - ye, it would look cool on a psp I think

@Tremoside - heh, sound not so easy... hmm, not a sound designer ;( we'll see how it goes.. I've gotten some1 to help me with sound, still WIP

@OZ - argh, the dreaded audio.. hehe... hmm.. it may make or break it

10 October 2007, 09:49 PM
OMG can't believe I missed this're kicking some major butt here man!
Everything looks awesome. The Characters the renders and the Animation is great!
How do you do that!!? This looks like some shots of a 3D feature film and you are doing
it all on your own....!? ^^;
Big respect! I hope you gonna win cause this is incredible!
3days left....hope you'll finish in time! Good luck even if you won't need any ^^!

10 October 2007, 09:58 PM
gorgeous! Congrats mate:bowdown:

10 October 2007, 10:39 PM
Hi Martin...

you can see one pic, and jump to next pic, and jump.... but in rare cases you jump to the first pic... and see all again... and see all again... and see all again... and see all again...

result = you have a loop slideshow un your thread.... i canīt stop...

CONGRATULATIONS are increibles.... belive me.

10 October 2007, 11:49 PM
@Goro - thx alot man... ye all on my own, getting some help on the sound tho, but so far I'm it's WIP. This project is hectic.. turned out way more complex than I originally planned. eeek.

@DaddyMack - w00t ;p

@infoarq - lol, slideshows.. oh yeah.. where's the coin slot.. just kidding.

10 October 2007, 12:04 AM
Hey, sorry there's some confusion. I wrote "sounds easy" but i didn't mean: sound is easy. Definitely not! Sorry, it was something like "easy to say" meaning of the sentence. Nothing is easy in this challenge. I have my own fight right now too. Apologize about my bad english, again :sad:

10 October 2007, 06:39 AM
Amazing again ! You do it very well ! I just hope you can finish in time ! Are the renders in the good way to be finished ?

10 October 2007, 04:04 PM
looking awesome man... all the best with the last few hours!:thumbsup::buttrock:

10 October 2007, 02:43 AM
Hey Martin, this one goes absolutely great! Modeling, texturing and animating all are great.
Good luck to you to finish it all!. I'm glad to know you, from now on I'll look for your new projects! Cheers!

10 October 2007, 08:40 AM
Don't you hate render problems. I've had crash after crash. But don't think you even need to finish it mate, it's fantastic. Do you already work at Pixar or what? ;)

10 October 2007, 10:30 AM (


here's what shot4 will eventually look like. I've included my lighting wip also..

still a few more frames to render out, mainly the shadow pass. I'll upload all the animation once done, I'll upload still comps for now

cool, hope to finish today ;p

tick tick..

10 October 2007, 10:35 AM
@Tremoside - yeah, we're all struggling to finish.. goodluck for the final few hours, I'm sure u'll make it!

@gpepper - I don't think so, some shots I need to re-render coz of problems, I'll have to do that after the challenge... for now it's "ok".. I'll just have to submit what I have

@overcontrast - yeah man.. u too! final stretch!

@ashiataka - thx dude... love ur characters also, they're awesome! goodluck.

@Trickz - no I wish.. that's a goal.. currently studying at Animation Mentor, but it's only been my first month, so I have a long way to go ;p

10 October 2007, 12:05 PM
hey the renders looking good mate... keep going!!

10 October 2007, 01:43 PM
looks f'in awesome! keep it up! :beer:

10 October 2007, 01:11 AM
Great minds think a like...

10 October 2007, 03:48 AM
Oh hows it going at Animation Mentor? Good course? Only your first month? Lots of natural talent ;) You'll be at one of the big studios before long mate. The small expressions are priceless.

10 October 2007, 08:20 AM
17 left ! You can finish this great !

10 October 2007, 03:50 AM
u have one hell of an awesome entry here!!!
can't w8 to see the final comp! congrats in advance!!!

11 November 2007, 06:51 AM
Kick back, relax, and ride this baby home mate... I genuinely look forward to final Martin

Also, thanks for the pointers:buttrock:

11 November 2007, 10:43 AM
Renders look very good. Astronaut animation also is very good. The only thing that I would tweak at this point is the way the little boy shifts weight but apart from that it is all perfect. How long does it take to render single frame??

11 November 2007, 10:28 PM
hey guys

thanks for the support, it's been really busy for me the last 2 weeks, so hopefully I can get this thing done this weekend. So far I've just been fixing some renders, nothing major.

I wish I could have modelled some more characters in the additional time, but I've just been stretched thin lately.. hehe

cool, back on track soon ;p

11 November 2007, 06:36 PM
... 'Dad, has that buzz lightyear guy on the little spaceship put his animation up yet?'... My kids are waiting V!, they reckon you've got this in the bag too... 1 day left Martin, hope you're happy with the extra polish you've put on your piece... Good luck mate:bounce:

11 November 2007, 11:53 PM (

Software: After Effects,XSI

This is my final for this competition, lots of blood and tears... I can't stare at it any more hehe.

Thanks to everyone for their support! Goodluck to all, u guys have been great and the standard has been very high!

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11 November 2007, 01:13 AM
Nice. You did a good job. Renders look very good. I like facial animation. The only thing that might be missing is the sound effects. Animation seems a bit quiet. Apart from that I think it is very interesting entry. I like the general idea behind it. Although it does not tell a story it is a good example of strange behaviour. The thing is that animation does not have to tell a story because it is animation, not a short film. :)
Well done and Good luck.

11 November 2007, 02:43 AM
what can i say...awesome in every aspect!
u have a very strong chance of bringing the gold in the bag:thumbsup:!
congrats in advance!!!

11 November 2007, 07:10 AM
Thanks to everyone for their support! Goodluck to all, u guys have been great...

Thanks to you Martin !

and the standard has been very high!

You pushed the standard very high ! Your entry is amazing ! You reach a high level of animation, modeling and render !
I'm sure the winner is here !
Congratulation my friend you did it well !

11 November 2007, 08:28 AM

congratuations for this movie...

pd: i love the background.... arcades .... are great!!

11 November 2007, 09:09 AM
Good job and good luck:)

11 November 2007, 10:41 AM
Number one!
Came out really well, good luck now!
Smells like a winner ...


11 November 2007, 12:29 PM
Congratulations Martin on an amazing finish!... i really liked the animaion... got a lot of energy in it... and the concept is very funny.... I wish ya all the best!:thumbsup:

11 November 2007, 12:43 PM
This was a winner from the first sketch!
Amazing work, makes me smile every time, and Ive been watching it since you posted the last one.

Top notch bro.



11 November 2007, 01:28 PM
no doubt here , we got a winner

this is sooooo damn nice.. i'm jealous :D!! the only weak point as already mentioned, is the missing sound or voice..

but nevertheless, artistically & technically great, very high ladder you've build there..

i think my first rung is broken? ;)

11 November 2007, 02:36 PM
is so damn cool!...amazing kick us all. hey can i get a copy of your animation to collect it?:scream:

11 November 2007, 06:30 PM
Well colour me fanboy!..

You must be so proud of how far you've come over the years Martin, it's been a pleasure to chase you while watching your work evolve... This is by far one of the best technical+ aesthetic pieces I've seen in a challenge to date. Congratulations mate:buttrock:If anyone was taking bets on the top 2 here my money would be on you and Z! for sure... Must've felt good to finally let go of this, you pushed it beyond beyond... Good luck with the judging.


11 November 2007, 07:01 PM
When I see the first images of your thread. I don't write nothing to you. I was intimidated. I thought and now I am sure that you have worked (or works) in a big studio. I cannot say nothing about your animation. It will be obvious. Is like to say the coal is black. All the people know that. I know a girl that has worked as model. She is very beatiful. And she doesn't like that people say that she was pretty. She knows it and all the people know that. For that reason I can say nothing. The best thing in that cases is to to ignore that peculiarity and speak about other things. Good job.

11 November 2007, 07:01 PM
I have send the post two times. This is not he first time that I have done this mistake.

11 November 2007, 08:09 PM
Totally top notch mate, can't fault it :) Congrats, I wanna be like you ;) Great to have it done huh? Don't want to look at a computer screen for a few days... well one or two..

11 November 2007, 08:56 PM (

Software: After Effects,XSI


ok, here's the final final ;p Small tweaks to the comp

thanks to all, it's been fun animating this and I hope u enjoy. Goodluck!


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11 November 2007, 09:14 PM
@pierzak - thanks, I agree on the sound, unfortunately I can't do it all and sound I'm definately not great at. I think animation should tell a story, even a basic one. This isn't a short film by any means, but I think it sets the premise of strange behavior. Thanks for stopping by.

@chocoski - thanks man, glad it's done.. now I can chill for about an hour, then back to do more work on other things ;p

@gpepper - thanks man, ur entry is great to! ur Renders are looking awesome!

@infoarq - arcades... good memories ;p

@aghill - thx

@coolkonrad - I smell blood and tears ;p

@overcontrast - hehe.. thx man.. looking fwd to ur final!!!

@Ranimate - I would have loved to do the original concept to finish, but couldn't manage the amount of shots.. Hopefully I can revisit it, thx for stopping by

@syrez-one - thx... I did have the voice sound for the part where he's shouting.. but it sounded terrible.. well, it's my voice, and my voice for shot3 too.. so I guess that's the problem.. lol, so I took it out. better missing than bad ;p

@melkao - I need some webspace ;(((

@DaddyMack - awesome man, glad u enjoy.

@fruela - thanks alot for the kind comments. Hope I don't come off as intimidating to others ;(

@Trickz - thanks.. goodluck to u 2! I'm tired of looking at this project now, I'm sure alot of guys here feel the same about their stuff ;p

11 November 2007, 09:12 AM
Congrats MArtin. You'll be at the top.

Ps : I love the lighting of the 1st scene

11 November 2007, 09:23 AM
Itīs hard to catch the first feel from this coz we already know whatīs the story but I can say your skills are great! I see you are at AM classes what is just a little step for you coz you already are animator! Judges are unpredictable to me but I say this has quality of the TOP. Good luck anyway :thumbsup:

11 November 2007, 10:55 AM
Excellent! Animation is very cool! Nice shaders and mood. :bowdown: :applause: Another great piece from you Martin! Congratulations!

11 November 2007, 12:00 PM
:applause: I love it ! It's awesome !
The animation is great !

11 November 2007, 10:07 PM
Great animation Martin, good timing...
I like the expressions, very funny... :thumbsup:

11 November 2007, 06:12 AM
The animation is great ! The concept is very funny... Congratulations!
Good job and good luck


11 November 2007, 02:52 PM
turned out good. nice attention to detail on his facial expressions. looks like you used some SSS for his skin, too. i love that stuff. i noticed you tweaked the cuts a bit by adding a white flash. that was a good move.
i think the sound feels just a bit incomplete. seems like the spacehip and the spaceman should have been making a lot more noise.
all-in-all it is a nice entry with some good character animation.
good work!

11 November 2007, 11:39 PM
This is amazing, and really inspiring! I'm currently working on a "spaceman", and now I know what direction to go! There is so much personality in you character, great animation! You really deserve to win!
All best, Roger.

11 November 2007, 01:33 AM
I am so glad you had the chance to finish this one! I kept coming back to the Animation forum to see if there were any noew updates and there never were, and I was getting worried that you wouldn't finish it off.I'm glad you did. This has come out just splendidly - First-lcass character design and animation! Really great job, so congratulations!

11 November 2007, 11:22 AM
Hey Martin! Congratulations! That's great to see the finished. With a great concept, well done designs and modelings, textures and stunning animation, this piece is the one for watching over and over again. It was nice to know you and I'm looking for your new animations! Hope you'll be awarded! Best of luck! Cheers!

11 November 2007, 12:10 PM
Totally brilliant - the expressions of the of the space pilot make this the best I have seen for a while. So much 3d work is characterised by 'looking like 3d' - you have managed to go beyond the medium to create something very memorable. Best of luck on what should be a sure winner!

11 November 2007, 12:15 PM
It has been very interesting to see the animation entries for this competition, but it has also left me somewhat baffled to see what entries have become most popular with the forum users. I know nothing is decided yet, but I can not help having to say this.

In regards to your work. It is very nice and a smooth production, but largely unoriginal. The animation has its good points and is conducted with a certain level of craftsmanship for sure, but the story is quaint, not at all representing strange behavior IMHO. The character looks like Buzz Lightyears brother, which is more of a let down than impressive, especially when you consider the style universe given here compared to other already existing ones.

If decides to honour this entry with a top position in the competition, I think it speaks of an unwillingness or incapacity to understand and support true creativity, vision and progressive thinking in 3D production. Taste is a personal matter, but craft alone, does not merit rewards in this instance as far as I am concerned. It is supposed to be strange behaviour, and hopefully 3D and 2D as art forms being the foundation conveying it. This above entry has a fundamental problem in the art department, since there is very little originality to find. For me, this is one stop short of imitation or at least a facsimile of something we have seen done so much better, so many times before.

I think you could do wonders if you put your mind and especially imagination to it.

11 November 2007, 05:32 PM
It has been very interesting to see the animation entries for this competition, but it has also left me somewhat baffled to see what entries have become most popular with the forum users. I know nothing is decided yet, but I can not help having to say this.

In regards to your work. It is very nice and a smooth production, but largely unoriginal. The animation has its good points and is conducted with a certain level of craftsmanship for sure, but the story is quaint, not at all representing strange behavior IMHO. The character looks like Buzz Lightyears brother, which is more of a let down than impressive, especially when you consider the style universe given here compared to other already existing ones.

If decides to honour this entry with a top position in the competition, I think it speaks of an unwillingness or incapacity to understand and support true creativity, vision and progressive thinking in 3D production. Taste is a personal matter, but craft alone, does not merit rewards in this instance as far as I am concerned. It is supposed to be strange behaviour, and hopefully 3D and 2D as art forms being the foundation conveying it. This above entry has a fundamental problem in the art department, since there is very little originality to find. For me, this is one stop short of imitation or at least a facsimile of something we have seen done so much better, so many times before.

I think you could do wonders if you put your mind and especially imagination to it.

I have been evaluating my own entry over the past week with fresh and a very critical eye, something I think that is really lacking in these challenges is constructive critism.

I do agree that the entry is not the most original concept, given the time I had I reconsidered my earlier idea(s) and chose a much simpler one. If this was in flaw it's something that I take with me and learn and move forward from there. It never really had a story to begin with, I originally started out with a basic idea that had 2 shots, to show a supposed Astronaut in an arcade going crazy. Yes, strange behavior is very subjective but I think that's pretty strange to me. So, in terms of planning - ideas and "story" just evolved, but I never set out for this to be a short film in the first place, and I still do not refer to it as such, it's just an animation to suite the requirements.

As for the character design, I never set out intending a carbon copy Buzz. I wanted to create a typcial stereotypical "hero" type character. Inadvertantly, i think it reminds ppl of Buzz anyway because of the cliche'ness. If I ask u to draw a stereotyped figure it's large jaw, broad shoulders/chest, muscles etc. I think Buzz is such an ICONIC/cliche figure and alot of ppl will instantly relate to that character. In the end I tried to make the character my own, with his emotions, and his personality with a bit of an inner child.

this is my first animation challenge, I never expected to hit it out of the park first time round. It's a stepping stone for me definately, but I take away lessons learned from this project from failures and flaws in the development, and bring it to the next project.

11 November 2007, 11:21 PM
Aww this is cute! I love the lighting, colors and the characters are well done, Congratulations!

11 November 2007, 01:28 AM
An interesting comment Naked, and an eloquent reply Martin. It is certainly nice to have objective critiques. Having been involved in the competition for the first time also, it really was a case of picking a concept quickly and flying with it. With a short production time frame and a limit of 2 minutes for the piece, there is only so much you can achieve. I spent so much time on the concept, the technical quality of my piece suffered so there is a balance to be found ... or sacrifices to be made ;) Your comment about evaluating your piece with fresh eyes is so true Martin, it's easier to critique once out of the woods. I think you should be very proud, there is no denying the amazing skill in your work, the execution, animation and rendering is absolutely top notch. I would be over the moon if mine had the same class. I'm sure you will be rewarded for it :)

11 November 2007, 06:49 PM
I've been following your work since the very first concept. The animation turned out very well. No! That's an understatement, the animation is absolutely brilliant.
The only thing I don't really like is the boy's hair. Oh well, who am I to judge .. I'm 16 years old and new to 3D. I really look up to you. I definitely want to do somthing with animation after my studies, got any tips for an animator-to-be? xD

Aaanyway, I hope you win. You're my favorite (: