#1 07-22-2007 12:52 am

Smith
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Smith's Animations. C and C welcome!!

Hello

I'm a new animator, learning the ropes.

I'm using anim8or  because it's simple and free..... (a bit like me)


I've made a few animations. Nothing linear, just experiments.

This is a short one. Called "The Devil's Altar."

http://video.google.com.au/videoplay?do … 2922580948



This is a rather long one. I intend to sculpt a story around it. As you can see there are plenty of mesh errors wink

There are a few rude words I'm sorry. Hard to get uncopyrighted songs !!!

'Falling Man"

http://video.google.com.au/videoplay?do … 0286081174


And one which most people will find boring !!!

The magician and the mermen.  Something I made early on.


http://video.google.com.au/videoplay?do … 0157757062

C and c -  especially general advice or headings to take, or video's to watch-  is welcome.

' Obliged

Smith smile


http://video.google.com.au/videoplay?do … 0157757062

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#2 07-22-2007 1:29 am

DharAM
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Re: Smith's Animations. C and C welcome!!

I, personaly, found "The Magician and the Mermen" the most intriguing. I don't know why, maybe because I am more partial to classical music than I am to Rock.

I have a hard time critiquing your work. I think it is because it does not adhere to the established fundamentals of animation in the accepted sense of the familiar. You tread into uncharted waters (no pun intended) with a style that is heavy on symbolism - or what appears to be symbolism. Its like a modern  piece of abstract art, you either love it or hate it. I find myself forced to accept your imagination without  coming to an understanding, or a conclusion or a judgement. I am left to simply observe and keep my mind open to all possibilities.

I enjoyed your work. I'm sorry I can't help with critiques smile


"Technology doesn't make the motion picture, people do. You're not an animator just because you can move an object from point A to point B. (You're) someone who breathes life into a character, which is something the software and technology can't give you."

- John Lasseter

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#3 07-22-2007 1:56 am

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Re: Smith's Animations. C and C welcome!!

Thank you very much again DharAm smile !

I like the style of your comments. It's very difficult to comment on work ..... which is heading towards the surreal. I'm a member of a small art gruop and realise how difficult critiquing or commenting is.

As you can see my imagination surpasses my ability !!!

I too like the magician and the merman because of the classical music. - but I am trying to appeal to an audience that seems to be mainly... errr.... unclassically minded.

I'm trying to tell a story in the video's but not in the traditional manner . I'm trying to tell the story by superimposing images that relate or almost relate. smile to elucidate a brain response unconnected to "boy meets girl, boy bounces ball etc".

For my background I'm a 2d painter who is reasonably well grounded in the recent hystory of art.

I'm intrigued by surealism, the fauves and the ability of 3d animation to morph ... and basically do anything that you want it to, or can imagine.

I started off doing a surfing animation in March and quickly discovered that modelling a wave was extremely difficult. The result was a 20 min animation, much of it very bad smile

http://video.google.com.au/videoplay?do … 6838612676

I was intrigued by where you put the camera and the way the light can fall on water. It's also a history of  my learning to animate.

Thanks again for your comments!

By the way, I checked out your work and see that you are a master animator!!

cheers

Alias Smith  smile

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#4 07-22-2007 3:09 am

DharAM
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Re: Smith's Animations. C and C welcome!!

Hah! I can't critique your work, but I can reply to your post big_smile

If you're trying to appeal to the "unclassically minded", may I remind you that they, usually, have a short attention span wink

I checked out your Surfing video. You have some great potential there, especially 3012 clip. Kinda reminds me of George Lucas' THX1138. And I liked the song that went with it.

Where can I find examples of your 2D work?

BTW, I am far from master animator. I'm an amature at best. But thanks for the compliment smile

Cheers.


"Technology doesn't make the motion picture, people do. You're not an animator just because you can move an object from point A to point B. (You're) someone who breathes life into a character, which is something the software and technology can't give you."

- John Lasseter

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#5 07-22-2007 3:44 am

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Re: Smith's Animations. C and C welcome!!

You most definatly have a vision.  Lots of potential.  Not being done justice with your current set up.  If you are going the more symbolic route, I'd spend the time to learn maya/max, and get a crew of talented people and direct them.  I think you might to do better with traditional, non digital media, as experimental 3d never does anything for me.  But thats my taste.

Don't give up, and keep on experimenting!

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#6 07-22-2007 11:14 am

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Re: Smith's Animations. C and C welcome!!

I liked the Magical Mermaid aswell. smile

You have the potential of creating something new and really cool. Your work reminds me a little of Chris Landreth's short films. He had some really great story telling that was very surreal yet he got his point across to the audience. Im sure he would not be able to make his films without really knowing the software and creative team to help him. I agree with dbag about learning the software better techniacally so that you will be able to create what you really want. Just like Picasso's earlier paintings were relistic at first and then he went on to make his own paintings. I think if you really learn the foudations and basics of animation you can create some really great films and stories that the audience will be able see and understand.

Keep it up! big_smile

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#7 07-23-2007 9:13 am

Smith
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Re: Smith's Animations. C and C welcome!!

Dharam, dbag333 and Adriel,

I appreciate your comments very much. smile
It's wonderful to get such good advice.

I have a feeling my chosen weapon anim8or will be traded for soemthing new sooner than later.

3d Max here in Australia is very expensive unfortunately.

I have had a few plays with blender tutorials and always managed to get my verticies in a knot somehow as I feel the tuts I am doing are not really related to the version I have downloaded sad. Any pointers in that direction appreciated.

I appreciate the allegory between Picasso and learning to glide before you can soar smile.

One of the things about animation is what you think looks good as a beginner only looks good because you don't know that it's bad lol.

Like opera - all opera is bad until you have your eyes opened. (mine are still shut)

DharAm

My hard drive went down the other day but I have a  few images of piantings on imageshack.

here's one


http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/7789/stoktonmm4.jpg


plus 2d work from anim8or





http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/6586/compostedpostjr9.png










http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/6566/towerbuildingspl1.png






cheers Alias Smith smile

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