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Ball Bounce: Hindsight is 20/20!

Ok, so I lied. I said I would post animations at the end of the term. Then I remembered that when rendering animations, it NEVER goes right the first time. It’s scientific. Here, I wrote an equation:

Rendering (first attempt) = FAIL + try again

So here’s my first second render of the first exercise from Animation Mentor:

Did I blow your mind!? I know I did.

With that exercise, I now have the credentials to make a feature film. Coming this Spring: Ball Bounce – The Movie (in 3D!). I’m trying to get Brad Pitt to make a cameo appearance as the hoop in the background.

But in all seriousness, check out how different it is to my first attempt at a ball bounce in 2010 (password = 1b):

WOAH, that ball must be an Autobot because he was determined to “roll out” of there. And the sudden stop for no reason is juuuuuuusssttt a bit painful.

Ah well, it’s easy to criticise but we all have to start somewhere right? And now that I know that a bouncing ball is like the hips of a character, it suddenly makes the exercise seem more relevant to me 3 years later. It’s also nice to see progression :).

So stay tuned and I’ll keep you all posted with past/present animation comparisons for your entertainment!


Alt vfx

Latte anyone?

Latte anyone?

Yup, I’m working at this beautiful studio called Alt vfx! They specialise in creating awesome VFX for TVC’s (television commercials). Wow, the more you get into the ‘biz’ the more acronyms you acquire.

Like PA (Production Assistant). Although I’m not doing VFX yet and mainly do client service, when I do clock off from my shift, the VFX crew is nice enough to let me watch them work. FREE LEARNING?! Boom! I’m there.

If you want an example of one of their ads, check out the one where Australian athletes transition into each other. Sure they’ve won awards for other ads, but this one’s my favey! Simple idea, well executed and when it’s on, everyone has a chip halfway to their mouth as they stop to watch. Enjoy!