Archive for March, 2010

Deus Vult

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

I mentioned a project I was involved in in the last couple of posts, and I figured I should actually talk about what it is. About a month ago on a forum I usually hang around on I read about a few guys that we’re in the process of throwing together an indie game, and needed a few more people to help out.

So I hit them up with an e-mail, and got to join the project as an animator. Now being an animation student, at this point I’d join just about any project in order to get some production experience, but I really think Deus Vult is going to be a great game.

The game it self is set during the time of the crusades, and the gameplay is going to be a mix between the turn based campaign from the Total War-series and the first person combat from Mount & Blade. Basically you should be able to take controll of any soldier on the battlefield.

The major event for the game as of today is a motion-capture session that will happen in April, and as soon as that is done the progress of the game should probably start moving along more quickly, with eventual beta versions of the game being released.

My personal involvement in the game will be helping out with cleaning up motion-capture data, and the few things that will need to be hand animated. Probably also helping out in general with ideas etc.

Personally I’m very excited about the game, I love the idea and I am really looking forward to seeing how it turns out in the end. I’ll do my best to keep this blog updated with the progress of the game development, but you should also check out the development forum over at Deusvultgame.com

Starting Class 6

Monday, March 29th, 2010

So Animation Mentor is back up, and I have officially started my final class. Class 6. The end. It’s almost scary to think that in about three months I have no idea what will happen or what I’m gonna do.

My mentor this term is a dude called Jason Taylor. Never had him as a mentor before, but he has worked on some great stuff like Ice Age 3, so I’m really looking forward to meeting him and watching his critiques.

So class 6 means we’re gonna go through all our old shots and cleaning them up, re-blocking some stuff and making them look better. And thank god for that. My old shots really needs a lot of cleaning up, and I’m really looking forward to getting started.

My plans for this term is to do as much work as I possibly can, and in the end I will hopefully end up with a demo reel that can get me some work. That is the goal. Hopefully that is something I can achive. All though I’m part of a project that might eat up some of that time (which I’ll talk about once I get around to writing the blog post), so I’ll probably end up doing 18 hour days for the next three months.

And that’s about it. Good luck to everyone that has just started at AM, welcome back to all you guys in classes 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, and congratulations to the alumni people!

New Blog is Finally Up

Friday, March 26th, 2010

After a long and painfull process of designing and coding my new blog I finally think I’m done. A few small tweaks might be needed here and there, but all in all it’s done. There are still some minor things I haven’t implemented yet for various reasons, but they will come eventually. Now this might not be the most original blog design ever, but I think it serves it purpouse good enough.

In addition to the new design I bough a new domain and switched to a different host. Not a huge change but I’m glad I did it Everything seems to be working perfectly.

So now that all this is done I think I’m gonna go and enjoy my weekend and realax a bit before starting my next and final class at Animation Mentor. Really looking forward to that. I was hoping we would get a week extra off before starting again, but I’ll manage somehow.

Oh, and by the way, if you’re trying to view this site using Internet Explorer, don’t. First of all you shouldn’t use IE in the first place, and I don’t really care about making this site work in your messed up browser. So either download Google Chrome or Firefox, or just use an RSS reader.

Please tell me what you think about the new design by adding a comment!

End of Class 5 and Some Other Stuff

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

So week 11 of class 5 at Animation Mentor is now over. We still have week 12 left, so we’re not technically done, but there is no work that needs to be done that week, so I consider it done. It’s been a great term thanks to our fantastic mentor Mario Pochat. Personally I didn’t do anywhere near as good of a job as I could have, and should have, and that is something I definitely have to make up for in class 6 which is right around the corner now.

So I’m really not sure if I’ll bother with uploading my final assignment to my blog as I really don’t think it turned out well at all. Actually, that putting it nicely, it looks like crap. And seeing as class 6 at AM consists of cleaning up all of the old shots that we have done, I would much more like to show it on the blog once I’ve gone through it again, and actually made it look relatively good. Because it is a really funny dialogue piece to animate to, but I just couldn’t get the preformance to work, and I just need a second look at it. Maybe I’ll upload it, maybe I won’t. I’ll think about it.

Anyway! I am also planning on re-designing my blog now in my brief time away from AM. Been thinking about it for some time now, because, frankly, I’m bored to death with the current design and I need something new to look at. In addition to that I have what you might call a mini announcement to make that I’m very excited about. But for reasons I can’t explain I don’t want to talk about it before the new design is up, hopefully some time next week.

Now, if you don’t mind, I’m going fire up Photoshop and play around a little and see what happens. And for some reason, after having watched (and re-watched) way to many episodes of The Kevin Pollak Chat Show recently, I have a strange urge to watch The Usual Suspects again. A movie I literally haven’t seen in years, so I’ll probably put that in the DVD-player later.

So, there you go. I really hope anything I wrote here made sense.

How Animation Is Made

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Well, sort of. Great YouTube video that I found via @chaostoon. Click on read more to watch.

Watch and learn!