I’ve chosen to take on the 3D animation brief for this semester. In the brief I have to plan and develop five short action tests (5-10 seconds) of the following actions:
- Picking up a heavy sword and swinging it 360 degrees.
- Running into a stationary object and getting knocked back/unconscious.
- Casting an epic spell that needs a lot or arm flailing.
- Jumping across a small stream.
- One action of your own invention in a similar theme.
As well as a final animation reel, the deliverables also include a story board sheet and an animatic of the proposed animations.
I plan to go about this brief by first researching into other animations that use exaggeration and other principles of animation effectively. I will analyse these animations and how they use the principles to define their own animation style.
I will get an idea of what I want to do in each animation by exploring different poses and scenarios. I will develop draft story boards from these and iterate them until I am happy with them. From there I will produce an animatic and if I am happy with the timing, pacing and composition I can begin animating. I will probably be at different stages with each animation at any one time which is fine.
For structured feedback week (week 7) I hope to have a good idea of what I will be animating for each of the five actions by having my storyboards and animatics hopefully finished.