Archive for February, 2012


The project was amazing and fun. I had a blast doing it. There were many steps that were made to make this awesome animation. The first one was that we made a storyboard to refer to when we begin our blocking in.

For this animation, it is actually an arguement between 2 friends. The one on the right is furious and suspects that his buddy, the one on the left, stole it. Soon it sturred up in to a huge arguement to the extent that the one on the left could not find for any other reason to why he was not the one who stole it.

So i was assigned to animate the one on the left. My character is a very sneaky little fellow. He actually took the item and denies that he did not took it. Somehow he lost in the arguement and his expression and posture gave that guilty look.

After doing the storyboard, me and my teammate, decided to do a video reference to see a much clearer look for our animation.

Then i manage to get the poses from the video reference and did some blocking to have a rough view on how my animation should look like.

I then started completing the rest of my animation by filling in the in betweens of  my blocking and also make it look nice and fluid instead of robotic. So this is my end product.

Overall, i really enjoyed this module and to it this was my favourite one i have ever had. I love animation and by just learning more things about it made me understand the true meaning of a good animation, Nowadays i will never look at animation videos or movies the same way ever again.




For this week, we were told to touch on MEL scripting. The first thing that came to my mind was that it is going to be a boring exercise for this week because it is about programming and it is not my favourite topic. So i started with the first exercise. It was about lighting and it teaches you how to make good lighting for your animation or even model. At first i was rather hesitant to do this exercise but then i was amazed at what a simple coding can do to make something look nice and polished.

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Next i was suppose to make a group of barrels drop in a natural way with the help of scripting. At first i was like ‘oh no…..more scripting’. But After doing the exercise, it creates an amazing effect and it really impresses me. Somehow after doing this exercise it really made me interested in the scripting in maya.

Then the following exercise we were told to watch a youtube video and follow the codings being typed down. It is to create a zombie apocalypse scene and with the help of scripting, we must make the zombie and human to appear by using codes. It was very tedious because there were so many errors and i had a hard time figuring it out. Somehow i manage to complete it and the pictures below shows the generator for the zombies. One of them is only 10 zombies being generated and the other one is randomized.

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Imagine you are creating a scene where a car drives along a straight road, but swerves around at random as if the driver is drunk. Do you think it would be useful to know how to program using MEL when creating this scene? Explain.

I think it is very useful to know how to program that on maya because it saves time and also effort for animators when they have other scenes and complex animation other than this one.

For the drunken car scene, give TWO advantages and disadvantages (pros and cons) of using scripting to create the swerving car animation.


Firstly as said earlier it saves time for the animators

Secondly, it makes things to be done in a much easier way


You cant get the sense of great animations by using coding.

It wont look natural as you want it to be when you program it.


This exercise is really really fun because we are able to go out and act out a scene based on 4 example script given. So me and my group mates decided to do the planet of the apes scene. The funny thing is that we are just suppose to act out the poses and not do any dialogue. Unfortunately we act it out like actors in training. Overall i had a blast doing this exercise.

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Next we were told to choose a sound file given by our tutor and create blocking to show the different poses made just from the sound file itself. This was a fun exercise because we are able to think out of the box to do this exercise. It really made me imagine the poses and make it in to reality. I decided to take the joker scene from the batman movie and i am very satisfied with what i have done.