Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Here and there - Animation

Here and there from Jean-Denis Haas on Vimeo.



Another exercise after the Collision Alarm and No no no clip. I wanted to do a two person dialogue clip with a bit broader action.

- The rig is again by Nino Aniceto. Thanks a lot!
- Audio is from "Chocolat"
- used Maya 9
- time spent on clip: 3 days (3x 10 hours days - spread out over a week or so with an hour here, an hour there and week-end work)
- acted shot out, no reference, initial blocking in linear keys for both characters at the same time
- youtube & quicktime

17 comments:

Pradeep Singh Bal said...

Sssuperb act.Loved it.Thanks for sharing.

Marcos Borba said...

liked a lot!! Really inspiring. Thanks for sharing with us!

Jean-Denis Haas said...

Awesome, glad you liked it!

Marcos Borba said...

Just noticed. the guy screen left looks like willem dafoe lol

Jean-Denis Haas said...

Hahahaha! I just pointed that out yesterday in the workshop. I didn't think of him as I was changing the guy and once I was into the anim I thought, wait, that looks like William Dafoe!! :)

avneriginal said...

I love the opposing action at around 5 seconds into the shot. I found the hands rubbing on to each other at around 3 seconds on the SL guy feel a tiny bit off, but I only saw it after framing through the animation. The secondary stuff you did on the SR guy is great, very nice and subtle.

Well done on another brilliant shot!

Jean-Denis Haas said...

Awesome comment, thanks for the feedback! I'll look into it!

Joey said...

These exercises you're doing are awesome JD! I don't know how you have the time to do all this stuff you do! Btw, is that rig available for download? Thanks.

Jean-Denis Haas said...

Thanks Joey! And it's just like the clip says, a revision here and there. :) It's just a matter of shuffling around priorities but I have to admit that I find it really hard. There are a lot of distractions around and after coming home from work I prefer spending time with my family than to sit in front of the computer again. So it's mostly done during late evenings or when I'm alone at home or when wifey is busy and/or my son is at school. I'm on vacation right now so you'd think that I'd be doing more but it's the opposite. Beautiful weather, pool, relaxing. Sounds much more appealing. :)

Jean-Denis Haas said...

Oh, and no, sorry, I can't share that rig.

Joey said...

Yeah, I hear you. I don't even have a family or a job and it seems like I don't have time for anything. If you are on vacation then take a break! It will also help me feel a little less lazy.

Anonymous said...

Looks great to me! I would be really interested to know what you think about your animation? Areas you could or might want to improve. Also, do you ask other people for feedback when you are working on personal shots from friends or work colleagues or work on them on your own?

Jean-Denis Haas said...

@anonymous:

First off, thanks!! And about your questions:

I like my animation usually when I have the first blocking done, then I quickly question it and am not excited about it anymore. :)
Then I get into polish mode and I'm excited again. Once I'm done I think it works but then start to find it slow and boring. Hahahaha! When I watch it again after a while I like it again. I'm very fickle.

I'm mostly doing those exercises in order to work on different styles and timing. Doing FX work all day every day for years pushes me more into realistic sensibilities. So I think areas that I want and need to improve are cartoony elements, with more simple movements and snappier timing yet while retaining a good sense of performance and story telling.

Yes, I do ask for feedback, ranging from animation nerds to my wife, my son, etc. It's good to hear different perspectives.

Darrin said...
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Darrin said...

Hey I was curious to see what a blocking pass looks like for this piece and also your paintball one. I rarely see anyone block their shots in linear so I was curious.

Jean-Denis Haas said...

I have those files backed up. I'll dig them up and render all my passes.

Darrin said...

Sweet man!! That would really be awesome. can't wait to see them.