Today I worked on going through the list of needed symbols for the RUS407 Animations and completed the Cafe Set and the Fish Animated Swim cycle. Both of these will be used for multiple different animations! With the Cafe Set, I’d love to add a few more adornments to really tie the set together (pictures on the wall, a rug, etc.) but this is the bare minimum to have a working set for those animations! Excited to get some more symbols knocked out soon!
Got some good work in today! Nothing particularly interesting that can be shown with pictures, but I made a comprehensive list of all the objects/simple animations that will need to be created for RUS407 prior to animating specific scenes. The list describes the symbols, notes on drawing them, which slides they’ll be used for, reference images and whether or not the specific symbol is “quick and easy”. I also discussed with Samantha some of the reorg specifics that Dr. Rice is considering for the RUS 406 and 407 classes, and I think we may have worked out a solution that will prevent us from having to rerecord entire presentations.
Today I almost completed my file reorganization for the RUS407 Animation file reorganization. Yesterday I got all of the props and set pieces in big new files so the animator can easily find the set piece/prop that they want and paste it into their animation file. Today I worked on making the characters super intuitive and very “drag-and-droppable”. All of the variances in characters (head shapes/body styles/mouth shapes) are cleanly housed in one file. Animators can copy over the “master character” and paste it into their document, then quickly select the head and body type they want within that character and get right to animating! I think this will save a lot of time in animating in the future, especially if someone is new to the program.
Today I worked on getting the animation files ready for the first load of animations for the RUS407 Online Class. Luckily, Lauren, the project lead for the RUS406 Animations, did a great job making loads of character options, sets pieces and props for last semester’s class that I will be able to use so I won’t have to draw a whole bunch of new things for this semester. Instead, I’m focusing on making the files a little more accessible and the characters a little more “drag-and-droppable” for this semester’s animations. I’ve taken all the props and set pieces from Lauren’s files and put them in new files that I believe will be easier for the RUS407 to access. Then I also started the process of transferring the characters to new files. So far I’ve only made progress on the “Default” Character. It’s important to me that these characters are very much”drag-and-droppable” for ease of use for the novice animator. By that, I mean I believe that all the pieces of the puppet (arms, legs, head, body, mouth and eye shapes) should be contained in one symbol for each type of character and body orientation (front view and side view) so the animator can just find the character and angle they want, copy and paste and immediately start animating. Looking forward to completing this process! I’ve included some pictures of my progress thus far.