Sunday, January 15, 2006

13: Kids & Animation don't mix

Well, that's not exactly true.

Although I animated today, any fault in the animation was due to myself, not because of the kids.

Introducing Red Kicker

The first shot I did was Red Kicker falling onto the plate. It's a lot choppier than I like, but his fall is more realistic than green's. Green is in the background getting up, and he looks choppy there too. *sigh*

Instead of using my normal wooden board with the plates glued on, I sticky tacked two large plates onto the desk. I couldn't convey the sense of distance with my normal board. Other than it being a bit choppy, it turned out rather well.

The only concern I have is that I hope it will look fine when I darken the whole scene. The background is currently insane with activity as kids come and go with each shot and my wife vacuums. However, since it's frame averaging, you don't see any actual faces or people, but the blurs are noticeable.

Green Shows Off

The next shot was 96 frames and it only took me 2 hours! The camera slowly rotates around green as green shows off a few punches.

Although mind numbing, I actually like the rotating camera. If I bump the desk, it's not noticeable because the camera is moving anyways. However, it moves only a couple millimeter at a time which is quite tedious.

And could I think of things for green to do for his punches? No. I had been thinking about it for the past couple of days, and I think I should have wrote them down, because when it came time to actually filming it, my mind went blank. Blah. I also didn't want to move the feet nor did I want to pan the camera up and down, so some of the cool moves I was thinking of couldn't work.

It gets the point across, so I'm not too disappointed though.