Saturday, November 27, 2010

AM Assignment 9: Timing & Spacing

I've taken in some critiques from Dave about my blocking of STU's run and jumps over the hurdle. I'm still not liking it very much, but I've tracked the arcs, making sure that STU is balance when he lands, as well as adding more poses inbetween to help ease the extreme change in spacing to stop the pop.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

All Wrapped Up in Disney's New Release: Tangled

Addam and I just got out of the movie theater just about... an hour ago. Now I'm getting ready for bed, but before I do so, I've got to rave about Tangled! I love it! Just how fun, and just simply charming the overall animation was. I love Pascal, Rapunzel's pet chameleon, and Maximus, the royal horse, ridden by the king's army general. I gotta say, the animators who worked on Maximus, did a wonderful job, because he sure brought many laughters, as well as applauds in the theater today. He's such a puppy too! A horse that's just like a dog - nice.

I really liked how the movie turned out, (sometimes predictable), but overall, it has its Disney charm. It's not the depressing true story to Rapunzel (for those of us who know the tale, so don't worry, it'll bring you much smiles, laughter and a few tears here and there)- AND everyone has got to love the frying pan. It, my friends, is the savior of the movie, so everyone, please give the frying pan a round of applauds- when you go and see Tangled in theaters.

Here's a trailer for those of you who haven't seen it, yet:

Seriously, go see it, or Pascal will take it from here...

Monday, November 22, 2010

R.I.P to Those Who Died in the Stampede in Cambodia

If my mom never told me she saw this on the news, I wouldn't be able to share the grief and loss of many families that didn't deserve what had happened. Though I am not at all related to anyone who was injured, or died, but the news of this devastation can't go unrecognized. Rest in peace to those who were lost.

A stampede on a bridge in Cambodia’s capital killed at least 339 people and injured nearly as many after thousands panicked on the last day of a water festival, authorities and state media said on Tuesday.
Witnesses said the stampede began after several people were electrocuted late on Monday on a small bridge lined with lights connecting Phnom Penh to nearby Diamond Island. Most drowned, suffocated or were trampled to death trying to flee.
State television said at least 240 of the dead were women, citing reports from two city hospitals.
“People were carrying bodies of relatives, including children and women,” said Vann Thon, 25. “Everyone was looking scared.”
Prime Minister Hun Sen apologized for the disaster in which 329 people were hurt and ordered an investigation, as television footage showed relatives crying over the bodies of the dead piled up on each other.
“This is the biggest tragedy in more than 31 years after the Pol Pot regime,” he said, referring to the murderous Khmer Rouge, whose agrarian revolution from 1975-1979 killed an estimated 1.7 million people in Cambodia under the command of Pol Pot.
Emergency crews carried the inert bodies of the dead away from the scene of the crush and dozens of victims were laid out in long rows for identification.
A paramedic desperately tried to revive one victim before giving up on the lifeless body, while other rescuers helped the injured into a fleet of waiting ambulances.
Hun Sen urged the country to remain calm and ruled out terrorism as a cause for the catastrophe, which took place on the third and final day of the Bon Om Touk water festival, which celebrates the reversing of the current of the Tonle Sap River.
“It needs further investigation,” he said, adding that Thursday would be a national day of mourning.
Diamond Island, a small island owned by a local bank, is equipped with newly built conference and exhibition centres, restaurants and entertainment areas.
It is popular among women shoppers, especially during the water festival when retailers offer discounts on clothing and other goods.
Many of the victims had been eating in outdoor restaurants or had attended a concert and were crossing the bridge to return to the city when the stampede started.
An estimated 5 million of Cambodia’s 14 million people visit the capital during the festival each year.
The rescue effort went on into early Tuesday.
Flashing coloured lights along the sides of the small bridge at the heart of the disaster shed a fitful light on the scene — a road strewn with shoes, clothes and other possessions discarded in the panic that gripped the crowds when the crush happened.
“I was stuck in the crowd for a long time and it was so hot and I lost consciousness,” one of the survivors, Huon Khla, 22, told Reuters.
Another survivor, Srey Neang, added: “It is regrettable that there are many dead. This kind of incident has never happened before.
The stampede was the world’s worst since January 2006, when 362 Muslim pilgrims were crushed to death while performing a stoning ritual at the entrance to the Jamarat Bridge near Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
© Thomson Reuters 2010
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Saturday, November 20, 2010

AM Assignment 8: Arcs and Path of Action

I have decided that my last assignment for this class is going to be simple, so that I can get my basic knowledge of animation down. I've had previous instructors tell me to keep it simple, and seriously, that would have probably been helpful for me in the previous assignments.

So I'll be animating STU "running and jumping over a series of hurdles". We have to do some blocking, so here it is:


Saturday, November 13, 2010

AM Assignment 7: Advance Posing With Force

I am definitely struggling, and am putting a lot more time and effort into this class. I had the luck of having my previous mentor, Victor Navone, take a look at his students files in Maya, to pin point the exact problems we have with how our animation wasn't working out. It's only the mentor's choice if they wanted to do that, and they don't have to if they don't want to. I'm slowly dissecting my animation from start to finish, and just learning it as if it were something new.

I'm terrible at splining, and timing and spacing, and I'm going to be learning how to crawl first before getting up to take my first steps, because I know that will help me out a lot. Only 4 more weeks, and class 2 is complete, and I don't want to fail...

Anyways, here's my animation polishing phase that I redid, and carefully took into much consideration from my mentor, peers as well as getting helpful resources for me.


Saturday, November 6, 2010

AM Assignment 6: Blocking to Final

So this week, we're turning in a more finalized version of our blocking from our chosen pick-list. I did STU stepping on sticky gum, and our frame limit really is eating away at my success in trying to tell a story with my animation, as well as completing the animation, from start to finish.

I had to shave off some times from my previous animation, last week, and adjust the timing to give me more frames to help settle STU at the end. My cleaning of the graph editor isn't so nice, but it gives me a clear idea what the animation looks like. Back to work...