Wednesday, 9 May 2012

FINAL STING (end of project)

final sting  by joel,conor and myself,conor placed the animations and sound together on final cut and after effects. (end)  I noticed that over half the animation used in the sting is mine, backing up my personally believe that i was given alot to do,and developed alot through out this project,i am very pleased with our result.


'THE REVIEW' on this project is below 'last minute animations',the animations i produced at the start of the project are on 'OLDER POSTS' at the bottom of this page,which may spread over another page after that,   'thanks'


this is the same scene as below,only with added colour and the button from the robots stomach for the snowmans nose,i coloured and did the button myself,the imported snowman was my directors clean up which i did not draw,i just pasted it into a layer.this scene will have a background created by my director for the final scene.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012


These are the hands i had to draw for the scene below,they were drawn on flash,the mitt to the very right was my directors drawing and also the drawing to the very left,the rest are my inbetweens. this is the first time i have ever drawn so smooth,i am quite pleased with the result.
this is a last minute scene i personally animated that is not quite finished,i need to add the colour and snowman to the scene,even though i am not meant to be on clean up duty,i had to do this clean up myself, which i had to change 3 times until my director was happy with it,i am proud i managed to produce a clean up animation from a model sheet created by my director,the different hand movements at the start of the scene are drawn by me. THIS SCENE IS PLACING THE BUTTON ON THE SNOWMAN.


At the very start of this project i was excited to work in a group for the first time on this course. I was very nervous and unnsure whether i personally would handle group pressure and the amount of work,because i wasn't as skilled in Animating and producing 'clean' lines.
In the first few days of the project my director Joel decided to give me and my team mate the job of animating 10 seconds each after i requested not to be on clean up,of the main animation, he personally would be on clean up.I found i was given little information on how to do each scene of my 10 seconds so i decided to follow the animatic the best i could.
 One of the first mock up animations i did was to follow the animatic scene by scene adding inbetweens to produce more of a animation, it proved difficult because at the time i only just started to use a wacom.From this mock up i produced individual scenes to start animating the best i could such as the 'robots face expression' which my director approved of alot.
Most of the scenes i created where used and cleaned up by my director but over the weeks i personally felt that me and my other team mate were given a unfair amount of animation each,half and half,as my director was waiting on us to cleam up.
My other team mate did not for most of the project produce any work and my director had to begin animating his scenes for him,this put pressure on me because my director was clearly a faster and better animator then i.i found at my skill level that half the animation was alot to handle although i decided to stick with my job because the weeks ticked on.Over the weeks i committed as much time and effort as possible to my job in the group,i was slow at animating and did struggle with how to go about a somewhat 3D character in 2D animating.
Watching my director over the project animating the scenes my team mate didn't along with cleaning up i questioned why he did not at least split the whole animation three ways? it was clear at his personal skill he could produce work more effectively.
Eventually the inevitable came and i was harshly targetted by my director and someone who wasn't in our group,calming i was lazy and not skilled enough be be on this course,it was unfair and effected my confidence in the group alot, i defended this statement saying it was far from laziness and it is actually not personally being as fast or as skilled as them.
Regardless i continued my work consistantly.Nearer to the deadline i found my director nit-picked to much on accepting my work for him to clean up, i also asked the question- if you are not happy with it,please replace it yourself,as i had alot of other scenes to finish that he persistently kept adding and adding to. Eventually my director employed people outside our group without me knowing until little bits of my work were replaced without asking or my consent,i personally wouldnt of minded if i was told first,though nearly all my work was used in the end.
Over all the animations i am most happy about are my robot walk,robot face expression and snowman because i animated them the smoothest,all my animations were produced on Flash,i produced 2 clean ups,1 with help from my director. my job was to do the second 10 seconds of the sting roughly to be cleaned up,i feel i have done this job to the best of my ability regardless that i had little to work with and lack of information, As for my Director i personally felt he was constantly confused on what he wanted and who produces what making my job difficult,it is vital to be a leader if it is your animatic which is chosen to become a animation.
the last minute animations i had to do were clean ups from two of the scenes from my original 10 seconds,these were not meant to be cleaned up by me,but regardless,i completed these clean ups myself and was happy to do so for the sake of completing the project, i am quite happy with the result of all my work and feel confident that i have done enough even though i was at first given alot to take on,it has opened my eyes,so i feel i should not complain if this amount of work has helped me,which it has. ON completion of our final sting i noticed over half the animation used was mine,backing up the fact i was personally given a large amount to do,but im pleased i did do alot of the animation now as it has develpoed me more as a animator and person.
ive learnt from this group project that i personally have made progress and realised that you cannot simply be left alone when you should have guidance when working for someone else,but its also taught me to get work done faster for the sake of a team as i did make the mistake of being a perfectionist.

please go on 'older posts' to see the previous animations.
robot arms and snowman screw scene with hand i (with help) cleaned up and animated over a scene from 'robot arms and snowman'. It was quite a challenge to animate this scene perfectly to make the movement realistic. My director cleaned up the missing colour and line work. also this model is from my director.

snowman roll and collapse animation.

animation of snowman roll and collapse,this was one of my animations that did not need to be changed before my director cleaned it up.

arms and snowman animation cleaner.

arms and snowman animation slightly more tidy and easier to clean up.
(2 days before our extended deadline my director realised being as i animated from the animatic half the scenes where in 3D which from lack of information i animated to the best of my knowledge,so he had to animate them himself from going over my scenes the best he could on clean up)

Friday, 4 May 2012

first mockup of robot kick,early on animation.

this animation was replaced early on by my director because he did not approve of the movement i gave the robot for the emotion he needed.

robot puzzled/bored arm movement animation.

for this scene the movement in the arms had to be semi-loose and puzzling as if the robot is bored.
In my diectors final animation of this scene,he has kept my arm movement but rotated the body fowards so he is no longer 3D.

robot face expression animation.

for a scene where he is expressing happy to depressed, this scene was cleaned up and coloured by my director. he was very pleased with this scene and it didnt need adding to before cleaning up.

second animation of robot walking forward with arm movement.

just one of the arms i animated to save time as my director requested. but i was then told later on that he wanted both arms animated so someone outside the group animated the right arm. the director cleaned this scene up.

first animation of robot walking foward.

my scratch animation which will be cleaned up by my director once i am finished.
i was given the task of the second ten seconds of our group complete it as clean as possible so it could be cleaned up my the director.

attempt of arms with snowman scene 1.

first mockup of animation from animatic.

this was the first animation i did from my directors animatic,beginning animations with no inbetweens.

Maya Level 1 cameraroom with Camera.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

not had the best time due to being unfairly treated in our group assign by joel who is favoring him still because hes now doing sound,this is a Animation project not a audio project,that shouldnt count towards his grade with the animation.