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Hi from a newbie animator
show user profile  Duders
Thought I'd say high before posting anything else.
I'm a first year Computer animation student and i'm basically looking for ideas and critique on my work.
Um... so Hi!

This is my first semesters work, I got 72 out of 100 for it so im pretty proud, bare in mind i'd only been using max for about a month:

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4/22/2008 3:33:44 PM (last edit: 4/22/2008 3:35:39 PM)
show user profile  VKotek
well. the animation was pretty crap. there was very little animating. but hte modeling and rendering seems pretty good for only a month of using max.

best part is probably the changing lights at the end.
Vojtech Kotek

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4/22/2008 4:36:17 PM (last edit: 4/22/2008 4:36:17 PM)
show user profile  Dave
Are you being taught, or at-least shown the principles of animation? I don't mean to come acoss as as some 'higher being' here. But if you're on an animation course (I'm aware it's 'computer' based) and you're only being taught 3dmax techniques for animating, rather than actual animation techniques.... then you need to get out, now. Find a better school!

As Vkotek has pointed out (though in quite a crude manner). In terms of animation... your video is showing very little. The fact that you got such a high mark for it, does not bode well for the credibility of your lecturers.

The Animators Survival Kit by Richard Williams. Look it up, buy it. Thank me later.

"I flew over Egypt once"

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4/22/2008 4:51:25 PM (last edit: 4/22/2008 4:51:25 PM)
show user profile  droogenbrother
FOR one month you say?? Did you model the whole scene and cars too?? After only one month?? Thats pretty damn Good! Wouldve taken me a whole month jsut to model it all and then another month to get the cameras right and render!
Providence protects children and idiots. I know because I have tested it.

- Mark Twain

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4/22/2008 4:53:20 PM (last edit: 4/22/2008 4:53:20 PM)
show user profile  lizinthesky
Was the assignment for animation, or mainly for modelling? My bet it was mainly for modelling, an intro to 3ds max, given that it was a first semester assignment. Its no good trying to teach animation to someone who can't model a box. The modelling is quite good, if you had only been using max a month. Its a hell of alot better than my stuff after a month. My stuff not isn't much better now, and I've been at max for 5 months now, on and off. Good luck with it all!

PS: welcome :)

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4/22/2008 5:02:33 PM (last edit: 4/22/2008 5:03:29 PM)
show user profile  Sir_Manfred
They are driving on the wrong side of the road!

Visit my Portfolio

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4/22/2008 5:06:38 PM (last edit: 4/22/2008 5:06:38 PM)
show user profile  Dave
"Its no good trying to teach animation to someone who can't model a box"

I cannot emphasise enough how much I dissagree with that. On a computer animation course... you'd expect them to be taught animation above all things. You don't even need a computer to learn animation! PROPER animation techniques can be transferred from 2D into 3D. The bouncing ball! Squash and Stretch! Anitcipation! TIMING!. An animator who knows nothing about actual animation, but has a degree in moving shapes along keyframes in 3dMax is not going to get hired.

And I know this is just early days... but I've a very good feeling that this is just the beginning of a very big mistake for this guy. If I was teaching a computer animation course, and one of my students showed me a video that he'd clearly spent more time modelling/texturing/lighting than ANIMATING... i'd tell him to get on his bike. ESPECIALLY on the first month.

I sincerely hope I'm not alone in this thought.

"I flew over Egypt once"

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4/22/2008 5:13:30 PM (last edit: 4/22/2008 5:18:49 PM)
show user profile  Duders
Yer i think lizinthesky has got it. It was basically an introduction to max, showing everyone how it all worked. I'd used Maya before (Doubt i'll rememeber any of it now that Max has pushed it all out) so i got to grips pretty quickly. Now in second semester were doing animation. Ill put up some more of my stuff soon. Should i be making a new thread or just post it here?

and yes roogenborther i did everythng you see, including textures.

Heres something i knocked up today using a free rig i found by henleyernest (If its free do i need to credit them for just posting stuff up?)

Thanks for the warm welcome!

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4/22/2008 5:19:22 PM (last edit: 4/22/2008 5:49:31 PM)
show user profile  Dave

"I flew over Egypt once"

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4/22/2008 5:23:00 PM (last edit: 4/22/2008 5:23:00 PM)
show user profile  Duders
Oh my god have you guys got the wrong end of the stick... That was just one piece of coursework out of many, And yes we have been tought anticipation timing, all that malarky, honestly im sick to death of bouncing balls.And the course isnt just about animation, its modelling, texturing, production, design and anything else you can think of.
Dave, You seem to have jumped to a conclusion about what im learning after one post and one video, and instantly insulted me and my university. Thanks for making me feel welcome.

Oh and im in the UK so they're on teh right side of the road.

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4/22/2008 5:34:27 PM (last edit: 4/22/2008 5:58:25 PM)
show user profile  lizinthesky
Duders... don't get discouraged, keep at it. Post up more stuff, and expect it to be ripped to shreds, and learn from it ;)

also, re: dave's last post, I quite often see posts like that containing a black box with 'We're Sorry this video is no longer available' in it... does that mean anything, or am I not recieveing some content? :/
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4/22/2008 5:56:44 PM (last edit: 4/22/2008 5:56:44 PM)
show user profile  horizon
No it means youtube moderators should be locked :P

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4/22/2008 6:11:41 PM (last edit: 4/22/2008 6:11:41 PM)
show user profile  $$T-bone$$
I don't know what you guys are talkin' bout...after 1 or 2 semesters? com'on, i think he's doin' pretty good...well, comparatively anyway. i was still makin' splines, extruding, lofting and learning how f$ckin' gehy Boolean is at that point in school. I mean, we animated teapots for the 1st semester or 2 at most. We didn't even use max until bout half-way thru the 2 year course. Started with traditional drawing, then went to claymation and 2D animation before ever touching Max.
maybe i went to a shitty school but, i dunno, looks good to me for such a short time "duders".

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4/22/2008 7:26:00 PM (last edit: 4/22/2008 7:26:00 PM)
show user profile  Odie
Duders, don't get offended here. Take everything you read with a grain of salt. This is one of the few places on the internet where you will get HONEST feedback. 9 times out of 10 it's negative, but that is the most helpful if you really want to grow and it seems like you do.

The sarcasm, etc. is just part of the culture here. Just roll with it. On the surface this place may seem abrasive at times, but if you stick around long enough you'll see that everyone here is genuinely trying to help each other, and when you produce something good or show improvement it will be appreciated.

So relax and as lizinthesky said, keep at it!

Good luck.

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4/22/2008 7:26:07 PM (last edit: 4/22/2008 7:26:07 PM)
show user profile  Setherial
the running guys torso always stays fixed in place. Running is like jumping, there's supposed to be an up and down motion. what the guy does isn't possible.
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4/23/2008 1:22:02 AM (last edit: 4/23/2008 1:22:02 AM)
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