Magic Mandcandy – Can You Finish It?Posted in Random Fluff by Nathan
Click the the image to view the animation.
You will probably notice a couple of things about it:
- It’s a cheap rip-off of this Pixar animation.
- It’s stiff and lacks life, sometimes even pausing completely.
Let us ignore the first point for the sake of my reputation, and simply focus on the second.
The reason it’s stiff and whatnot is because it isn’t completed animation. In fact, it’s only a block! You see, in pose to pose animation there are basically two stages: blocking and finishing.
Blocking is the the stage where you lay in your poses and timing. You might have a couple breakdown poses if they’re important, and you might toss in a few important extras (like the hand wave I did), but by and large this stage is just straight poses and timing. This is where the mancandy animation is right now.
Finishing is the stage after blocking where you add in all those things that… well, finish the animation. Breakdowns, arcs, overlapping action, slow-in slow-out, etc. All those things that make an animation complete. Not that you don’t think about this during the block (you should), but finishing is where you actually lay them in.
So what’s this community participation thing I mentioned?
Well, I’ve been toying with the idea of having people outside the core Peach team do some of the finishing for Peach’s animation. The Peach team would do the block (like my mancandy animation), but then for some shots other people would take over for finishing. This would allow us to turn out more animation of a higher quality.
Please keep in mind that this is just an idea. Currently there are no plans to actually do this. I’m just toying with the idea.
But as an experiment toward this end, I’m curious to see what people can do with my “Magic Mancandy” block.
Here is the block: magic_mancandy.zip
If you would like to try doing the finishing for this, then go for it! And if you do, please render it either as a full render or OpenGL preview from the camera angle provided, and post a link here to your movie file.
I look forward to seeing what people come up with!