39. Rewarding

I’ve got around 150 packets to prepare for the Kistarter, so I’m starting early. (And this as nothing to do with the fact that I don’t feel like shooting more live action today, NOTHING)

The lucky 15  first fellas that pledged for the book and that sent me their address will receive their book very soon.

I’m sure the post man is gonna LOOOVE me.

And to celebrate this I made a GIF, obviously. (Might take a while to load)

Book-GIF

 


38. Animating

Not much to say this week, I’ve been animating for the last few weeks, and I’m getting faster at it (not sure if it’s better though)

One more shot and I get to shoot live action again.

drunko


37. Loops

In animation we use a lot of cycles to save time on repetitive action, such as walks or runs.

A cycle is just an animation that loops i.e. the first frame and the last one are from the same motion and we don’t notice a change in rythme when the animation starts again.

Looping a video can get very tricky, but it will save a tremendous time in animation..

For exemple I’m working on a shot where the guy walks toward the camera, it’s a 10 second shot, witch would mean 120 frames to animate. Way to much.

So let’s turn this video (video is speed up):

Original

into this cycle :

Drawing

The first step is to find where the action repeats:

Selection

Now the first and last frames are kind of the same but the guy is moving forward…  Rubbish… So let’s scale and rotate him so it matches as much as possible.

Scale

It’s starting to get there, but because it’s video, nothing loops at the same frames. It needs to be fixed, element by elements:

Torso

Each individual part of the body is looped. If you don’t pay attention to the background.

Legs

Then I put the guy back together:

Loop

Et voila, if you look only at the guy,  the video is looping. You can see that I don’t loop the lower body and upper body at the same frame, same with the arm and the guitar. That’s another tricky part, as it’s important to keep a natural look, but once drawn:

Drawing

This fella can walk, forever!

An I only animated 21 frames!

Don’t forget that first and last frame shouldn’t be the same one, or you would have twice the same frame. You need to match 2 frames, and then remove the last one, if that makes any sense :)

It’s the last day of my kickstarter if you wanna chip in, it’s here: http://www.deadmansreachfilm.com


36. Live action, Again

I finished animating all the shots I filmed so far, so I’m back on live action.

I have a few “classic” shot to shoot, i.e. me going around in my living room pretending to be in the desert, but after that I’ll start the more complex shots, involving old fashion special effects such as building a fake head in latex. Ho boy that’s gonna be fun!

Here, a mock up layout of one of the shots I film yesterday:

Drunk

And just a little reminder that the kickstarter is still going! (9 days left!)