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04 April 2008, 08:22 PM
See entries for the March Challenge here.

Animation Acting Challenge #17

There are two topics to choose from

1. Bursting through a wall. (The wall pieces need to be animated by hand, no particles or dynamics.)
2. Audio Clip from Terminal

Brookstone Manager (Carlease Burke): "Do you live nearby?"
Viktor: "Yes, yes, Gate 67."
Brookstone Manager: "Because we are very particular about punctiali-- Did you say Gate 67?"
Viktor: "Gate 67."
Brookstone Manager: "(Laughs)"

Please Read me!
- Have fun animating!
- Use any rig and any animation software you like.
- Animate with any medium (3D, 2D, or stop-motion)
- You're open (and encouraged) to post your progress here if you'd like any comments and critiques.
- No time/frame restriction on the animation. Just remember that the more complex it is the longer it will take to finish. Make it by the due date!
- You can do both topics if you have the time. Either separately or as one animation if possible.
- You may add time before and after the audio clip, but please do not change the timing of the audio.
- A separate final submission thread will be created. Post your final animation there. I'll make the thread a few days before the deadline.
- Textures and lighting are optional. Playblasts are acceptable. Just make the acting clear and easy to see.
- Use any resolution and aspect ratio... but keep the file size manageable. As for codecs, preferably one that's common like quicktime or windows media. My recommendation would be Quicktime.
- When posting for final entry please state which topic you are animating.
- Adding music is optional, just don't make it distracting.

We'll do this for about a month (April 1st - April 26th). Then we'll vote (April 27th- April 30th). We'll vote for the best animations AND suggest topics for the next challenge in that time.

Feel free to ask questions about the challenge. We're still looking to improve how the challenge is conducted, we're open to suggestions.

-Don't know where to upload your final animation or WIP? I recommend using Free to register. You get to watch a streaming flash video and if you're registered, users can also download the original video source.
-The audio can also be set to mono instead of stereo, that may help keep the file size down.
-Please consider people from other countries that have certain websites filtered out. If you have webspace it would be nice to upload there to along with any streaming flash websites, at least for your final animation. I don't want anyone to miss out on the work you've done.

04 April 2008, 04:24 PM
I got a greeat idear, I shoul dbe able to post some planning tonight or tomorrow, this will be fun!!!

04 April 2008, 04:56 PM
I thinks a character can Bursting through a wall ? :) .

( edit : sorry for yellow)

04 April 2008, 04:58 PM
Ok. Im going to do the bursting through a wall. :D

Im going to have ogre throw something through 3 walls. the something at the moment is a stretched out sphere, but I'm thinking it may turn into another character rig. The concentration is going to be on all the little rocks getting animated which is going to be tedious. My goal is to get the rocks animation complete before the character animation.

Not sure if this will backfire on me if I do decide to switch the sphere out for a character, guess ill see :)

Here is what i got so far:

04 April 2008, 08:00 PM
Start of the animation whith the Free Moom Rig: here (

Preview :

04 April 2008, 02:14 AM
Voting for the best animations for the March challenge is still going on. Don't forget to check them out :)

Voting Thread (

Stephen Vyas
04 April 2008, 02:52 AM
I'll be doing a 2d piece for bursting through the wall...

Stephen Vyas
04 April 2008, 03:37 AM
Video: Bursting Through a Wall

His First attempt...

hmm scratch that.. maybe i might try something else.

I'm thinking this was funnier in my head.-and i'm slowly finding out that I'm not as funny as I think I am.

04 April 2008, 08:24 PM
Work just piled up, as soon as I can get the time I'll get to the voting and prepare a front page plug. For now I encourage putting links to the challenge on your signature and continue posting here and in other sections of CGTalk and hopefully we'll get some people to see this challenge to either help critique or maybe even join in.

Keep animating everyone :D

04 April 2008, 09:22 AM
Video: Bursting Through a Wall

His First attempt...

hmm scratch that.. maybe i might try something else.

I'm thinking this was funnier in my head.-and i'm slowly finding out that I'm not as funny as I think I am.

Great to see some 2D animation here!

04 April 2008, 02:59 PM
Hello there,

I am in !! my first participation to a CGsociety challenge. I am going for the burting wall thingy, and i hope i got the point of the subject hehe. Here is a link to the firts animatic of it. I really look for constructiv critics, so go ahead and tell me if something is wrong for the timing spacing anything you think about.
cheers and let's animate !!!

04 April 2008, 01:47 PM
i like it!
-maybe the pose in the beginning with his hand on his face would be better if it were a tiny bit longer
-I think his anticipation is to strong for his slow running. Or you speed up the running towards the wall (i would do that, becouse when he hits the wall and bounces back, thats also a bit "much" for that slow walk. That would be better if his run towards the wall is faster), or you can make the anticipation a bit less.. (would not do that... than you have to adjust the bouncing back also... :) )

Stephen Vyas
04 April 2008, 08:58 PM
benlebreton, haha. It's a tough thing breaking through a wall these days.

One thing... and this applies to me as well because I fell into this 'hole', with the 2d piece above.
Usually what makes a piece of animation worth watchin, is showing a motive for why he wants to go through the wall. Otherwise, our animations don' t have much of a point and won't allow the audience to be absorbed into what we're doing.. because they're clueless throughout the animation ... That is, if they never read anything about what this challenge was about. The animation should explain what we're doing, without any need for extra explanation.

Often allowing the character to foreshadow what might happen to him, then surprise the viewer/audience by showing something completely different, or something that they never expected -may give the viewer some satisfaction for watching the piece.

I wanted to share this with you, because it's something i found wrong with my animation as well, and it didn't occur to me until i was finished my planning.

All the best,

04 April 2008, 07:31 AM
Thank you two for your prrrecious advices. About the principle of animation, steve, you're totally right. We always should show the audience what the character thinks, why he is doing what he s doing through animation acting. but in this type of exercice, I really did'nt think of it as a "short movie". The sole purpose is to train myself in animation technics, timing and spacing. But i'll keep in the corner of my mind your advise, It will definitly become handy one day or another.

Stephen Vyas
04 April 2008, 11:11 PM
Fair Enough, we'll keep the critiques to timing/spacing.

Had another idea, that I've done a quick and messy storyboard of. -Jeez, not much time left...

Some quick camerashot ideas in 3d.

Stephen Vyas
04 April 2008, 11:58 PM
3dAnimatic: Blocking/Timing Stage - to get the general idea if the flow is working. (

Hope to have enough time at the end to create an environment and proper lighting.

Stephen Vyas
04 April 2008, 07:10 PM

-Adjusted Timing on cameras
-Added some more anim blocking
-A few scene props /Walls
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A friend has told me this codec doesn't work for him.
Here's a larger file, but the codec should work for everyone. -18megs :(

Stephen Vyas
04 April 2008, 09:50 PM
Not much action here hey guys.
Are the challenges usually like this?

04 April 2008, 04:28 AM
Not much action here hey guys.
Are the challenges usually like this?

Usually depends on whether or not I get a front page plug. Stuff at work went up some and I also went out of town for the weekend for my nephew so I couldn't put some time in. Along with other things that I need to work on. Such is life... :hmm:

Stephen Vyas
04 April 2008, 05:06 AM
I hear ya- No worries.

I'll keep an eye out for the next challenge .

04 April 2008, 09:25 AM
hi to everyone
I'll post my animation tomorow. :)
hope you'll like it.

p.s. this is my first post on this site, so if i made a mistake, undersand me=))) (sry for my english)

Stephen Vyas
04 April 2008, 07:29 AM
MovIe Update : JailHouse 914 ( <35megs>

Tends to play with a blue overlay effect in VLC, though while playing in Windows Media Player it looks correct.

This is close to what I had in mind in the original 2d storyboard, and for the sake of the challenge- I'll call it done.

04 April 2008, 07:29 AM
So how I said, my animation.
I couldn't post yesterday, because render took 6 hours))

Bricks were manually animated , everyone personally :)
Hope you'll like it)))

p.s. sry again for my english)

04 April 2008, 05:49 PM
no one will do the audio clip secne ?
or we must wait may someone will in the next 2 days
i try to finishe it in 2 days and wish ther someone in the challenge

Stephen Vyas
04 April 2008, 10:19 PM
I agree, it'd be good, for a bit of variety, to see someone do the sound clip.

04 April 2008, 02:05 PM
So how I said, my animation.
I couldn't post yesterday, because render took 6 hours))

Bricks were manually animated , everyone personally :)
Hope you'll like it)))

p.s. sry again for my english)

ahahahah amazing! the time wich character fall is awsome!!

06 June 2008, 05:06 PM
Hey everyone, I know it's been a long time. A number of things have caught my attention so I've had to deal with them and drop the challenges for a little bit.

The next plug will contain the entries we had for challenge #17. Thanks Stephen Vyas and j0hny for making an animation, hope you guys feel your animating skills getting better. :)

There's 3 things I see coming up for the challenge.

1. Need more suggestions on audio clips and non-audio topics.
2. Need volunteers on taking up some responsibilities for the challenge, I'm not able to carry all the responsibilities by myself at this time.
3. Put up Challenge #18

Stephen Vyas
06 June 2008, 09:17 PM
I'll help out, send me a pm when you have time.

06 June 2008, 12:15 PM
for some time now Im lurking in the forums, so why not helping out. pm me what kind of responsibilities you have in mind and we will see if I can help out.

hope to join the next challenge.

06 June 2008, 11:29 AM
If you need some help. send me a pm , i would be pleased :)

06 June 2008, 12:42 AM
Thanks for volunteering guys, I'll contact you soon enough. :)

In the mean time I'll take this month of June to add in more non-audio topics to the list. Which I'll add here.

Unused topics

gets stomped or shot in the foot
sees attractive person, does a double take
given bouquet of flowers
their baby stroller rolls away too quickly to chase
clothes are torn off (like in cartoons, they have to cover themselves in that funny pose)
a guy loses a very important object
enjoying art
talking to the plants
giving orders
Ride (i,e, theme park... or anything for that matter..)
Emotion change ( change from one dramatic emotion to another)
Martial arts
peer pressure
classic lift
a moving walk, with a twist (i.e. not a cycle)
animate to a sound effects file (like gunfire or something)
russian roulette
waking up and walking outside naked
rooftop jumping/chase
Hot coffee (or tea if you prefer) gets spilled on the character.
Animate to your favorite movie line (10 Second Club where are you!?!)
Making a difficult phone call.
Change into a super hero out fit (think superman in phone booth)
Has rabies
Nonhuman action (alien or monster performs an action)
A character shows affection to another character
Hiding from an oncoming threat
Finding the Master Sword
Solo SWAT action
Spying on an unsuspecting person
Animate to a song
Super Villian planning another nefarious scheme
Trying to cross a _very_ busy street
Annoying the still-as-a-rock Guard on duty
Pass the ball. (A ball comes in screen left, character plays around with it, then tosses it screen right. When you string all of the animations together it should look interesting)
Heres music and dances against own will
Talks to baby and gets distracted and yells
Temptation of an addiction (a smoker trying to quit sees a cigarette, etc.)
Live grenade toss around (like the 'pass a ball' suggestion but with a grenade)
'Back to basics' (Animation Mentor like bouncing ball assignments, but must show at least 3 animations for the duration of the challenge)
Opening Pandora's Box
Video game death animation
Using a shield to block attacks
Dying of thirst or hunger
Show us some dance moves! (This would be fun to put everyone's animations together with some dance music)
Trying to sleep but neighbors are too loud
finding a strange object and examaining it
Tennis Serve
Diving challenge
Somone taking a few punches to the face and body
Domino Effect
Obstacle Course


Stepping in poop.
Running and Saving someone
Getting your leg caught on something.
Bursting through a wall.
Drinking Poison
Loses at roulette
Exercise gone wrong
Chef cooks bad meat.
Getting hit by a projectile like a ball or a bullet.
Perform an athletic event
Emotional or awkward stillness (just saw your pet get run over or walked into something embarrassing)

I'll make a new thread so people will add more to the list. If I copied this list to that thread people might get the impression that it's a vote-for-a-topic thread which it isn't ;)

So if you'd like to help please copy and paste this list somewhere. I've been keeping mine in a Google Docs ( file. I feel that some ideas are good others not so much, but I've kept them just in case I read one and think of some way to improve it.

Here's a link to the "add-a-topic" thread.

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