Sunday, 22 January 2012

Atom Pancakes - The Final Chapter

This really is the final chapter of the project. Its been a tough but ultimately rewarding 4 months as today I present to you, our collaborative animated short, The Final Chapter.

You can find more information at the Atom Pancakes Official Blog.

For me, the highlights of this project have been how I've managed to take what I've learnt recently and apply them to this project. Most notably, the rigging, but also the lighting / rendering. It has also been good to get back into animation again.

Since I have been more secretive about showing animation in progress, now that the final animation is completed, I've decided to release a selection of play-blasts showing the stages of the parts I've worked on.

Pencil Sharpener 01

Pencil Sharpener 02

These pencils were handled with dynamics.

Pencil Draw 01

Maid Walk 01

Maid Walk 02

I never quite got this right. The bottle slips and the hand is holding the bottle awkwardly.

Maid Idea 01

Maid Idea 02

Maid Idea 03

An alternate end to the maid walking, which I quite liked but ended up changing.

Maid Attack 01

Jamming 01

Jamming 02

This was one of the last shots, and effects wise was the most challenging for me.
I had posted earlier in the year a test with pouring liquids, which I was able to replicate in the beginning sequence of the animation, but splashing the liquid to go where I wanted it to go was a bit more tricky. I'll let you in on a little secret, the liquid in the bottle is not the liquid coming out of the bottle! Trying to force liquid through the bottle was making the liquid go everywhere so instead I put an invisible lid on the bottle, and had a second set of liquid particles emitting from just outside the bottle. This was easier to control. The bottle itself was animated traditionally as I knew it would be difficult to control with dynamics and so avoided using dynamics where possible. The flames, while simple Maya particles, had some more effects applied in After Effects to make it look a bit better too.

Burnt Work 01

The has a really silly over the top bit of animation on the character. I completely restarted animating him as I was not happy with this. I don't think I even showed Ruben or Jordan this version!
Burnt Work 02

Burnt Work 03

Burnt Work 04

This was a very tricky scene to do as it was the only one to have three characters in the scene. I focused on one character at a time, going between the three, and gradually refining each of them in turn.

Arguments 01

Arguments 02

Arguments 03

I have to mention that there is something that isn't quite right with the first interior shot, where the camera pans across the room. It is intentional though, and you probably won't spot it unless I told you what it is, but my clue is that it is absolutely crucial for the story!

A Flock of Pixels

1 comment:

  1. I know, I know - you're half-dead from exhaustion and you're in a comatose slumber and the very last thing you want to think about is the 'National Student Survey' - but this is me gently nudging you towards its completion. In truth, the NSS is really important, so when you're properly awake (and only then!) - check out the link below and do your bit for the 'bigger picture' - much appreciated and many thanks.

    and when you're done, can you leave a 'done it' post on the blog post above. Cheers.