Wednesday, July 18, 2007

180 Degree Turn....and an un-tucking of a shirt.

Hello Good People!

I am almost done my third week already! Last week we had to block out our 180 degree turns with the Ballie character. I decided to go with none of the creative turns from last weeks reference video that you may have seen in my last post...and I will explain why. For this assignment we are learning specifically the mechanics of the hips. It gets really complicated when they are rotating on all three axis. Understanding how the hips work are so important because depending on what they do can affect the rest of the body. SO, I decided to take a mentors advice and just "keep it simple" and really focus on understanding the mechanics of the hips. So here is my reference video for my "non exciting" 180 degree turn.

Note: I'm not a shirt tucked in type of guy. But it was good to see the belt line so I could observe what is going on with the rotations of the hips. But after that...I quickly you saw. =)

Alright alright...calm down...I know that was amazing reference video. But lets get back on track here. =) ....So then...after studying that turn I blocked it out in the computer with Ballie.

Even though its not exciting to watch Ballie do his turn, I really learned so much about how the hips work and am really happy I followed the mentors advice to keep it simple. But I'm not going to was tough to hold back on getting creative. So the next assignment...I'm not holding back. I have already been coming up with ideas. You'll see!

Thank you for the support!!

Friday, July 6, 2007

Class 2 - Body Mechanics

Hey everyone!

I have been getting back into the groove this week with my second class. I feel its going to a great class because we will eventually be getting into full body characters. We had our first Q & A on Tuesday night and met everyone in the class. My new mentors name is Brian Mendenhall. He works at Tippett Studio in Berkeley, California (near San Francisco). He did work on such movies as Charlotte's Web, Constantine, Starship Troopers 2, Hellboy. He seemed pretty easy going and cool. So it should be a great class.

This week we have to do some planning for Ballie to do a 180 degree turn. So I did some reference video today for it and narrowed it down to these 3 choices. I will be able to exaggerate them further in the computer so I think one of them should turn out pretty cool for me. I should give you some sort of here is my reference video. :)

Thank you for stopping by! :)

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