The Evaluation

Animation was always something I was interested in as a child, from developing an interest in the different forms of animation I watched, to the first flip book animation I drew. Yet as I have gotten older and wiser and technology has advanced animation has become a slight thorn in my side as it has never been something that has come easy to me. No matter how much I wish it would, as I hate to admit that it appears I have a difficult time getting my head around it. However this project has certainly helped me realise that maybe I just haven’t been trying hard enough over the years, I have not been practicing enough, lack of time and knowledge has certainly prohibited that practicing in the past, but it shouldn’t do now.

This is the first thing that I would do if given this project again, as it is with practice that I have realised the mistakes and without it I have fallen into pitfalls that would have otherwise been avoided. Despite this I am proud of what I have made and I think that it does convey a sense of character and movement. Something I was not expecting as 3D has never been my strong point either. Yet after getting to grips with the software and learning how to create things in a more exact manner helped to refine ideas and make things easier on myself. As I do like to pride myself in neat work at the very least, which I have managed to do here in creating the character and working out timings, it does not always lend itself to a more free-form style I’ll admit. Yet making sure that things are the same size, that radius’ are noted and frame numbers calculated has made it easier to tweak and replicate work where needed. A form of methodical work that is I think is needed in animation, otherwise it goes awry.

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The Final Composition

Putting everything together and adding some sound.

Not much sleep has been had getting this together…it has also been a learning experience as it is not like the one I used to know. I now remember back to the first animation project at Uni I was using After Effects and Premiere then too, and again this same feeling arose. Although things are feeling a little more comfortable thanks to that project, although I still seem to be falling back on knowledge gained at college…I really need to set myself small projects within these programs more often. I appear to have forgotten a lot over the last year and a lot of this year has been spent catching up on the lost knowledge. I hope the Java lessons at my last Uni haven’t replaced the software knowledge in my head, as I swear at times it feels like it.

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After Effects Editing

While using After Effects I am very much aware that I have barely scratched surface with what this program can do, and have also been encountering issues where I want to do something know that the program can do it then have been stuck and figuring out the right combo of clicks and buttons to get it done. Similar to the problems I have been having in Maya also, need to brush up more on textures have realised some issues with the renders as I have gone through editing, but getting too late to change it now….

Placing the frames as a sequence in AfterEffects, this way extra frames or effects can be added.

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