Thursday, June 19, 2003

[Working Together Animation]

Despite the problems, I finished animation #4 on Tuesday. It’s an eight-second clip of a man talking, complete with audio and multiple layers of animation.

The character in the clip is Suranta, First Emperor of the Continent, from my Seeing Things Invisible world. I pulled that line from the middle of a speech he delivers to a bunch of politicians, which is part of why it feels so stiff and unnatural to me.

Oh, I’m not seriously complaining. The clip’s certainly not as good as I’d like it to be, but that’s okay. I shouldn’t expect perfection in my initial experiments. Suranta moves and talks, and that’s all that I need to satisfy me at this point.

My goal is to be able to attract artists by pointing to the animations I’ve done as proof of what I’m capable of doing. All the animations I’ve posted so far are a bit embarrassing, so I’m planning my next animation to be Fantasia-like short involving fairly simple shapes. I should be able to draw simpler shapes well enough to make an animation that looks attractive.

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