This was the last animation I did at Animation Mentor, finally getting round to uploading it.
I wanted to do a run cycle as my showreel was missing one, and thought of a tired jogger catching his breath to give the shot more personality – My Mentor (Sean Sexton) recommended I move the run forward in space, and then invert the forward translation of the main character control to turn it into an in-place cycle after.
Here is my Class 5 Progress Reel – showing all my animated shots for the first 5 classes of Animation Mentor. I’ve really enjoyed getting into character acting. Still have a lot more to learn. Only 1 more class to go!!
I’ve put together a long overdue update to my showreel, removing some older work, and including 2 shots from Animation Mentor. Most of the content is still fairly old work though, so I need to include more recent work in the next update.
For my third and final shot for Class 2, I looked at parkour videos, with the aim of putting together an obstacle course of some kind, with the character running and jumping and swinging around. Then I came across a video of a parkour guy swinging around some bars, all in one shot, and it seemed a great reference to use for my next shot. The video reference can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=3W4MHdm__1c#t=60s
This is also the first time I’ve used reference footage not taken by myself in Animation Mentor.
I would say that I’m happy with the outcome, though it feels a fraction too fast throughout, as I had to cut out a frame or two here and there to keep within the 200 frame limit. When I revisit this shot, I’ll take out either the first few or last few frames, or both, to give the character some smoother hang times.
For my next shot at Animation Mentor I combined two shot choices: sneaking and being scared/running away.
I went for a Loony Tunes/Warner Bros style of cartoony animation – exaggerated feet wind-milling and bicycling. I could have pushed it a lot further but for my first go at a gravity-defying cartoon style (something you can’t film a reference of) I was happy with the result.