Sunday, September 29, 2013

Hyper Light Drifter Fan Animation

After seeing the Kickstarter for Hyper Light Drifter (and loving everything about it) I couldn't resist and had to animate something related to it.

This is my fan clip:

There's also a Vimeo link and the Quicktime file.

The main inspiration was this picture:

And I wanted to incorporate this set, which also has the spiders, and the little puff clouds when he runs, all seen here:

The flash speed run is also really neat, which I tried to replicate as closely as possible:

This is technically only the first half of what I wanted to do, but now I'm not sure if I will continue. As always, finding the time is tricky and I kinda like how it ends now. I started with the continuation, which you can see at the end of the last shot:

Regarding the music, the Kickstarter says that Disasterpeace will be doing the music for it so I was trying to find a track of his that would fit tempo wise. The track I chose is "Prologue" from "Rise of the Obsidian Interstellar".

Other than, the Drifter is a modified Norman, the spiders are modified Spiderbots.

Animation was all done in Maya, using one day for modding and planing and one day for animation.

I think that's about it!


Regarding the cape: it's a separate piece of geometry that I skinned to a few joints and the movement is keyframed:

The skirt is another separate piece of geometry that I wrapped deformed around the thighs.

As for a playblast, it's what you see in the above animated gif. The lamberts are set with incandescence all the way up. 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

4 Rules to Make Star Wars Great Again

Nicely done, but holy moly. Clear example that whatever is going to come out, that guy won't be happy with it. There is no way you can satisfy "everyone".

Frozen - Trailer

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Ten steps to a great game animation demo reel

Check out all the tips at!

How To Overcome A Creative Block

I usually tend to look at other people's work that inspires me (at work or movies or clips online in general). There's always a great idea that makes you go "Nice! That's cool! Oh, wait! What if I do that in here? Tweak it like that? Oh, here's a new idea! Oh yeah, that works!" etc. Not very scientific, but inspiration from other other people's work helps me a lot, more so than taking a break (unless you talk to someone else about your shot). :)

Monday, September 9, 2013

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Animation Article Database

Over at Monstro is a huge list of animation related articles regarding animation principles, acting, character development, demo reels, etc. etc. It's huge and well worth a look.

Thanks Anand for the tip!

Roadkill Redemption