Howdy guys. I've been working on this short for a few months, and it's coming along very well. However, college has started and so now I have much less time to do this, so I'm looking for a little bit of help. First, a short description of the project.
The idea was inspired during an animation class while we were screwing around with IK chains, and made this little articulated robot arm. The instructor mentioned that the next week we'd probably be trying to make and animate a mousetrap. One of my classmates said that it'd be funny if we made a little clip of the arm trying to get the cheese from the trap, and it snaps on him, and he tries to shake it off. But me, being the overachiever, took his idea and developed it into a 2- or 3-minute story involving a robot arm, a mousetrap, and a mouse. I have most of the set built. The lighting is totally placeholder, but the geometry is about 85% complete. All that's really left is to do some set dressing, but I want to save that for a while.
Here are a couple of renders I just did on the latest incarnation of the set:
And here's a very short animation test of the robot arm in an older version of the kitchen. The arm has since gone through a couple of scaling changes, but it will work pretty much as it's seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcq3cLVpVjQ
So, what I'm looking for now are experienced character builders/textures/or riggers (or all three). I've been putting off building and rigging the mouse model because I've never modeled anything like that from scratch before. But I'd love love love if ANYONE here is interested in helping with this. This mouse is essentially the one thing stopping me from going off into animation. I'm terribly excited to see this project in its finished form, and I'll appreciate ANY help I can get. Some other things I need are label textures for various kitchen things (cans, wine bottles, etc).
I'd love to explain the story right now but it's only in my head, and the only non-in-my-head version is a storyboard with really crude drawings on 3x5 cards. However, when I get the mouse, one of the first things I'll want to do is create a layout animatic, so that it's clear how I want the finished film to look.
Again, thanks for looking at my project. I think this has a lot of potential, but I certainly can't do it alone. I tried that before, and I did get the project done, but it was hell to go through, and the finished product wasn't very good. Thanks a lot for looking, and if you're at all interested, or want more details, drop me line, or post here, or whatever. Thanks!