Thursday, September 21, 2006

New Tutorial Up!

Here is my first (and possibly last) attempt at an animation tutorial. I break down a 10 frame shot from The Incredibles to show how I used squash and stretch, etc. in a facial take. Enjoy!

35 comments:

Matt Williames said...

naw man, you gotta do more toot's--er, i mean, tutorials! You guys made those CG models feel like drawings-- i love it!

Nimatron said...

Thanks for the fine tutorial, this is gold. Your point about "asymmetrical timing" is awesome. Gonna put that up on a post-it right now..!

Wes Vasher said...

Victor, great tutorial. Much appreciated. I learned something, and yeah... you gotta make more!

BrandonBeckstead said...

Wow Victor, I learned something from every single frame! I just wish I would have seen this before I started rendering my short! I might have to go back and take a look at my "takes", this really showed me how much I have to learn. So informative and humbling too. Thanks so much for posting it!

Hans said...

Great toturial and thanks for sharing!
It all makes sense and it's easy to understand, you should definitely do more of these!!! The shrinking of iris has a great effect btw. I'm really inspired to dust off the good 'ol A:M, though I've been told I should spend my time, learning one of the bigger programs instead. I like the simplicity of A:M, but I think it lacks some more complex characters to play with. Not that you need complex models to make good animation, but I'm a fan of subtle facial movements and acting.
Is Marionette comparable with any of the other big programs, like Maya, 3ds Max or Lightwave?

Thanks again and have a great weekend,

Hans

Keith said...

AWESOME!! PLEEEASE DO MORE tutorials. Great pointers on the eyelids echoing the curve of the brows and the use of simple curves and reversals through out the face . It's really cool to see a frame by frame breakdown of a shot with the animator explaining why each choice was made. I also like the simple timing break down at the conclusion of the article, wraps it up nice and puts the readers focus back on the global issues in the scene. Great Work!

-Keith

Olivier Ladeuix said...

very good tutorial Victor. Having the brow lead the eyelids motion really make sense now. Why didn't I think about it before. I guess I overlooked the 12 principles.

Brad said...

Hey Victor
thanks for posting this
frame by frame look at this shot!!
It really shows the time and thought
that goes into every frame
of good animation.

teresa said...

This is so COOL! Thank you, thank you, thank you! :o)

hans- I'm using A:M right now! :)
I too was looking for a complex character to play around with, so I started helping on the TWO movie that the A:M community is making right now and I've gotta say there are some wonderful characters in there! You should come check it out (and if you wanted we could definitely use more animators on the movie)!

Anyways, thanks so much Victor!

Matt Meyer said...

Just awesome!! Thank you.

Bobby P said...

I wouldn't be opposed to more delicious tutorials!

CBSpaceCowboy said...

AWESOME! Can't thank you enough for posting that. Great stuff. I would love to see more.

Spline Sculptor said...

Great start Victor.
Come on do more and enrich ur self more.
Nice tutorial.Thanks.

Carlos said...

Awesome Victor, thank you so much for this tutorial. I can't wait to apply these relationships to my shot later today. I really admire your work. Thanks again.

chris said...

The markups over the face made it very clear to see what was happening. Great Job, I hope this wont be the last. Thanks so much.

grassetti said...

hey man!
nice stuff! i see your blog for a long time, now ill start to comment in your posts..

hope to see more!

c ya!

Peeweesgrandkid said...

I really like it! Awesome!

Ian said...

PLEASE don't let this be the last time you do this Victor, its great stuff!

Jeff Williams said...

Love it and very informative. Thanks for taking the time to do this. Here comes the inevitable, "We want more!"

Iestyn said...

Thanks a lot for taking time to write this Vic, great tutorial!

KT said...

hey, you're tutorials are fantastic!! please do some more if you get the time - they're pure gold! the incredibles are definitely up there with the best 3D animation i've ever seen - and you're breaking down of even that short moment just proves how much work went into it - please please give us some more insight!!!! you're brilliant!

jonathan said...

Sweet mother of Mary I've struck gold!Thanks for posting Victor! I love the attention to detail and the in depth analysis! Definitely keep these coming!

Peng Jie said...

Very good tutorial! Thank you Victor.

Amrit Derhgawen said...

Wow! I love this tutorial! Thanks a lot victor and please keep them coming!

Heidi said...

Please sir...I want some more.

Sugartastic_D_Slim said...

Thanks SO much for taking the time to put this together. Your site is definitely a great destination for the animation community.

Chris said...

I just wanted to say thinks for posting this tutorial online. I am a sr. at Ringling School of Art and design and this is really helping me try an push my blendshapes.

Awesome work to, love all the different ways the guy falls at the end of “The Incredibles” showreel

Victor Escardó said...

Ahora este tutorial enEspañol! (Now in Spanish)

La traducción esta en mi sitio web (The translation is on my web site):
http://www.escardo.com/charanim/?p=38

Gracias!, thank you very much to Victor Navonne for this tutorial,

Victor Escardó

Scott said...

Please add more cool little Pixary tutorials - that was a great insight :)

Thanks very much from across the pond!

Kyle said...

As others have said too, thanks for doing this! There are tons of tutorials out there for rigging, modeling, and other things, but no great breakdowns like this for animators.

I think one of the interesting and helpful tips you gave was how the curve of the eyelids mimick that of the brow--and the reversal of the eyelid curve when they open. I wish the rigs I animate had that much control so I could put that into practice!

Kyle said...

Oh yeah, one more thing...please don't let it be the last! ;)

Gillian said...

Man thats cool!!!

and you cannot fathom how jealous I am of you! >.<

Mattias said...

Great tutorial, thanks for sharing

Nate Lane said...

Only a few years late in posting a comment, but likewise, this is amazing! I'm pretty sure people pay good money to see amazing breakdowns of shots like this. Wish you could do more, but I understand if you dont :)

Thanks so much!

Nate

johnathane said...

I found it cool, informative and funny also. Great tutorial. I learned new technique and also it made me smile..:-)
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