Dean Kilcullen - 3D animator and aspiring movie maker. Here you will find everything relating to my university's 4th years honours course as well as everything else.
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The main crit on my project was that I should watch some of my handles when it comes to animating so to get a more organic flow. Also it seems that the performance, narrative, and sociology concerned with my project are quite vast and I should focus my concern sharply on to one of those three.
After listening to various different music pieces for my university course I decided to knock up these quick and fun walk cycles that I’ve based on the clip played with them. Using the Norman rig I animated three different walk cycles. I hope you enjoy.
An animation that I like very much is the introduction animation to Disney Pixar’s Up. Spoiler alert. The animation picks up at Carl and Ellie’s wedding and them moving into and furnishing their dream home. They both have jobs they are happy with are settled into their new home. An uplifting time in both of their lives where they are both at peace with the character’s performing to a score that gives the viewer a warm feel.
However the happiness is stowed away as their lives take an unfortunate downturn. Carl and Ellie try to conceive a child but it was seem they are unable to have children. This puts Ellie in a temporary pit of depression when it is then that Carl reminds Ellie of their old childhood dream of one day travelling to South America. During this time of upset the character’s perform to a much more upsetting and sombre score.
With saving up for their dream trip come a new line of happiness for Carl and Ellie although many setbacks happen in their lives with forces them to use their savings they remain undeterred and keep on going but, time wares on and they are content with each other and their life so the saving is forgotten. This joyful time for Carl and Ellie evolves out of the sad situation they were in and once again the music picks up the characters during this time of happiness.
Unfortunately as with all things in Carl and Ellie’s life happiness is always tempered with sadness. Carl and Ellie both now elderly are cleaning their house one day when Carl muses upon their trip to South America, and how they never went. Carl aims to surprise Ellie with a trip there but Ellie takes ill and sadly dies before any trip can be made, leaving Carl alone. Again both character performance and a sad music combined make these scenes moving to the viewer.
The balance between the good and bad times in Carl and Ellie’s life is similar to a theory I have been looking at called the Strauss-Howe Generational Theory which I am using as a basis of story in my animation. The music and animation is both beautiful and captivating and is something I will try to emulate for my animation.
After a bit of thought I’ve decided in full what I am going to create. What I am creating is character performance based 3D animation in which a character will be choreographed to a musical score, with the character’s performance changing based on the music to evoke different emotions from it’s viewer.
Looking at last years honours projects to pick up tips on how to construct this blog as well as looking at the process of someone who did a similar project to mine. I spent a time looking at someone called Judy Vernon’s blog who did narrative animation, http://judy-vernon-4th-year-honors-project.blogspot.co.uk/.
On their blog leading up to their final animation they posted a multitude of theory based ideas, as they were making an animation set in an interrogation room, based on body language as well as many practice animations including body language and how their characters were going to act, with multiple rigs.
They then went on to model and rig their own characters before storyboarding and animating their final piece which is also something that I want to do.
Currently animating a sequence from Let’s Build in Minecraft - Lava Wall part 1 by Achievement Hunter for a little bit of fun and to keep myself in practice. Finished all of Gavin’s audio and movement, now I just need to finish Geoff. Hopefully I’ll be done soon.
I’ve decided to have no dialogue in my animation and just the musical score. Looking at how characters were able to perform without words I looked to classic silent film actors like Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin to see how they performed without so much as being able to broadcast one line of dialogue. Some of these old films are completely brilliant.
I first got the idea whilst looking up many of my favourite animations to see what clicked with me. The music and character’s performance in much of the scenes from films like Up, Toy Story, the Incredibles, and Monsters Inc. stood out to me and inspired me to make a musically based character performance.