Thursday, March 31, 2011

Animation Project 01: Bouncing Ball 1

Project 1 
Create two short animation loops using a polygon sphere.
Create a couple of short animations (5-6 seconds) using the Ball Rig.
Loop 1 will be a ball bouncing.
  • New concepts: Timing and spacing
  • New tech: Graph Editor

Loop 2 a ball bouncing with squash and stretch.
  • New concepts: Hold keys and keying attributes separately

Ball Story by Swanky SOU Alum Steve Hammond

Your next bit of business is to create some 5-6 second animations using the ball rig. Click here to download the rig.
This animations must demonstrate
1. Squash and stretch.
2. Hold keys.
3. Anticipation.
4. Clear staging of action and narrative.
5. Realistic weight.
6. Smooth, natural motion arcs.

Be sure to check out Steve Hammond's Ball Story (above). It's a nice example of all of these things in action using the very same ball rig. Before you start animating, you must do a storyboard breakdown of the animation which includes all of the key poses and rough timings.

Here are the demo videos demonstrating storyboarding, holds, and animating a simple jump with the ball rig.

Below is the finished jump (after more timing adjustments than I covered in the videos).

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