Assignment 1 : Weight and Balance

This projects main focus was about weight and balance. This whole project spanned the course of 4 weeks. It started with a list of several actions to choose from that we would have animate to show our knowledge of weight and balance . I decided to have Ballie (the model being animated) do a big step to the side. For week one of this project I had to film reference of a bi ped side stepping. Then from this reference I had to create thumbnails of ballie that represent a thoughtful approach to planning the animation.


Week Two of the assigment was to start the blocking process. Once the thumbnails have been approved by my mentor we use the key poses sketched above to start animating in stepped mode.

Stepped Mode


Week Three we should be in a stage that is called Blocking Plus. By this point we should be out of stepped mode and have it splined. While the animation should start to look smooth by this point it will still have a floaty feel. This where we do a lot of changes via the graph editor. To get start working with Slow ins and outs. This will start to give it a more organic feel to the motion.

Finally the last week is to finish the animation. to fix any outstanding errors like knee pops or fine tune the arcs of motion. Below is the finished assignment. I did get some feed back from my mentor on some additional revision to make it better that I will try and get to when time permits.

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