there's a piece of music that's by one of my favourite artists that really inspires a story in my head, one which i've wanted to animate for ages. i've now got a whole lot more free time than i did last year (long story) and really want to knuckle down and get it made.
the music has a strong beat and certain sounds that i want to sync up with bits of the animation. there are no lyrics, and will be no lip syncing. the character doesn't even have a mouth ;)
i'm using maya 2008
i have a pretty good idea about the character design and set, and am currently in the process of modelling and rigging both.
i have absolutely no idea about where to start on the animation. i've never done lip syncing before, and i imagine that music driven animation would be using the same tools? i've done basic walk cycles etc, but have a firm grip on the principles of animation and how they apply.
any help would be great (which tools i need to use, any tutorials that are out there, any advice at all about what to avoid or what not to avoid... )