"Hi LLoyd." - Jack Nicholson dialogue test

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Old 03 March 2005   #1
"Hi LLoyd." - Jack Nicholson dialogue test

Hey everyone, this is a quick dialogue test using the Jack Nicholson model I finished some time ago. He was modelled in Maya but animated in MAX for a prospective employer (who's looking specifically for MAX talent right now).

Here's the preview movie (7 MB): http://www.kraeeranimation.com/jackPrev.mov

And here's the lighting/rendering test I've put together:

Critique is greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance for any feedback.

EDIT: I noticed the two or three errant frames at the beginning, that is MAX bugging out on me during MOV export.
Old 03 March 2005   #2
I love how you animated his mouth. The head, as he turns to the side, then back again seems a little floaty. A little arc might also help.
Old 03 March 2005   #3
lip sync looks pretty tight and believable
the head is a little jerky or something, maybe try what pollywoggles said.

the model looks like jack, haha, love it.

keep it up!
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Old 03 March 2005   #4
Thanks guys. I've adjusted the curves on the head turn and I think it's much better now...

I'm working on a rendered version now, I'll post it post when it's ready. I'm using GI, so it should be done in ten or fifteen years.
Old 03 March 2005   #5
Nice facial expressions, little choppy, but lip sync wise is well done!
Old 03 March 2005   #6
Hey thanks man. I think the choppiness might be the lousy compression (Cinepak). The CD-quality sound does not seem to go well with the compressed video...on some machines anyway.

Here's an MPG-1 encoded preview of the second clip I'm working on:


It's about 4 MB...The text reading "unregistered" in the upper left is from the AVI-MPG converter I used, but this one downlaods a lot faster than the raw MAX preview.

I'm going to render both of these, but I like this one because it showcases the speech more and has some real acting going on.

Let me know what you think!
Old 03 March 2005   #7
the second clip is not working

Old 03 March 2005   #8


Wrong extension, sorry!
Old 03 March 2005   #9
Updated the second clip:


I added the rest of the motion (beyond just the face). Let me know what you think!
Old 04 April 2005   #10
Finally got this guy pretty much finished. Actually, I sent this off; it was taking me too much time and I had to cut my losses to meet the deadline:

Here's the final for the first: http://www.kraeeranimation.com/jack1a.mov

And here's the second: http://www.kraeeranimation.com/jack2a.mov

Lastly, I did just a head, which was specifically requested by my contact: http://www.kraeeranimation.com/jack2headA.mov

The lighting looks like this:

As I mentioned above, I had to cut my losses because of the time allotted between this and my full-time job. One of the things that had to be changed was the render style. I went from MR to this basic Scanline render, and basically just tried to emulate the setup I had before.

Thanks again to everyone who helped me out with critique!

Old 04 April 2005   #11
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