Friday, July 31, 2009

July 11-Second Club Entry

It's been a while since I've entered the monthly animation competition at 11-Second Club, but I whipped this up at the last minute (2 days work before the deadline). For those unfamiliar with the rules, everyone uses the same 11-second sound clip and you are free to interpret it any way you choose using any animation medium.
I've been meaning to test out the Sergio rig (available at for a while now, and the 3 Stooges soundfile lent itself to his portly presence. Since I needed the "Laurel" counterpoint to Sergio's "Hardy," I headed over to Highend3d to look for tall, skinny-guy puppet rigs. I decided to give Blake a shot. Each of these two free character rigs have their pluses and minuses, but both were perfectly usable for this short routine. I also used the opportunity to build a cartoon scaffold rig using Maya Hair. Aside from the ropes, all other dynamics in the scene are keyframe animation (I determined it would take longer to coax a sim into doing what I wanted than to just keyframe it).
Fun little two-day project.

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