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Old 01-07-2004, 04:12 AM   #1
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July Challenge

ANIMATION!

For July, we're going to have you guys try something new and have a character animation challenge! The focus of this challenge is animation as opposed to modeling, texturing, or rendering. Here's are the guidelines:

1) Of the 2 provided sound clips, choose one for your entry. If you are able to do both somehow, pick your best one as your final entry.

2) This is an animation challenge, so don't be spending lots of time on the model! Feel free to choose one of the free rigs that are available around the web or make your own simple guy. Modeling, texturing, rendering, etc not required!

3) Your final entry should be no larger than 640x480 and cannot be over 1 mb zipped if you want to attach the file to the post. If it's larger, you'd need to host it elsewhere and link us to it. Your final entry can be rendered or a playblast.

4) Show your progress! Show concept/storyboards! Give feedback and encourage each other!

5) BONUS! This is NOT required, but it will definitely help your chances if you manage to use facial animation for the dialogue and expressions!

6) Label your thread thusly:

July - Norm or Noob - Your name

Choose to classify yourself as a Normal or Noobie class entry. Whichever class you choose is the class your final submitted entry will compete against! A winner will be chosen from both classes.

7) Mods and Admins can enter, but are inelligible to win and do not count toward the Grand Prize consideration of 5 entries mentioned below. If a mod chooses to participate, choose "Mod" class rather than Norm or Noob.

8) If 5 or more Normal entries finish among the 3 Simply sites participating, a Grand Prize will be rewarded! Regular VIP point prizes will be awarded to both a Normal and Newbie winner, regardless!

A rigged character is provided further down the thread for those who do not want to make their own.

The due date of the challenge is July 31st!

EDIT: Working sounds added. Look to post on page 2.
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Old 01-07-2004, 04:13 AM   #2
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Ask any questions here.
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Old 01-07-2004, 06:00 AM   #3
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LOL, love the sound clips.
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Old 01-07-2004, 06:22 AM   #4
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Great idea for a challenge.

"Now where did I put that Roger Rabbit Animation book?"

Good luck all!

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Old 01-07-2004, 07:38 PM   #5
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seriously, guys, if no ones wants an animation challenge, let me know and they'll stop coming.
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It's way beyond my ability Mike ..although of course would love to learn
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Old 01-07-2004, 08:04 PM   #7
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Well, that's the point, isn't it?

It was expressed on the LW forum that if a rigged character was provided, it might spark more people to join. Attached is a Maya rigged character as found at lostpencil.com.
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Old 01-07-2004, 08:16 PM   #8
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Another, again provided by lostpencil.com
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If you find any more free rigs, feel free to post them here.
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Take a look at www.10secondclub.org to see some examples of this kind of challege.
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http://www.vfs.com/~m07goosh/rigging101/cds.htm

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At the end of the day, animation is what Maya is all about (for me anyway). Bringing characters to life and giving them personality. I think this is the best idea for a challenge I have seen and can't wait to get started.

I think that there is a robot dog on the Simply Maya site which has already been rigged but there is no mouth to lip sync.

Thanks Mike for those rigs. Just the start I needed.

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you can find free rigs (packageMan and IK-Joe) at www.rigging101.com
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FINALLY! AN ANIMATION CHALLENGE!

I found that the 2 types of metal didn't like maya very much (or at least PLE) so heres the file that works.
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I'm in. This is my first challenge.
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