As you may or may not know, this week is GDC (Game Developers Conference), and with it comes all sorts of news that is directed toward developers, though there is also quite a bit of stuff for those that enjoy playing them as well. A trend this year is making many tools available to aspiring developers that may not have the funds for the software - put simply, lots of software is now free. Unreal Engine 4, Source 2, and Unity 5 are among a couple of the engines you can use to create games, and in regards to this blog's focus: animation. While the Unity video above doesn't focus on animation (nor does the Unreal Engine 4 video below), they do showcase a number of game genres and styles that, while small in length, do show some solid animation in the games world - both old and upcoming. And as these tools are now available (or soon will be) for free, I can't wait to see what you guys create with them!
"Parrot Away" is a really funny animated short film produced by the students of the Animation Workshop.
As well as the uniquely stylised character and prop design, one of the things I like the most about this short animation is the timing choices of the actions. The movements of the characters are really snappy, fast, pose to pose movements. This choice compliments the nice stylised look of the animation. When you watch it, pay close attention to exaggerated anticipations and the follow-through and settles in the move of everything.
The students have done a really nice object conveying the personalities for each of the characters. The whole animation is very appealing to watch. The parrot is very funny, charming and likeable.
The Animation Workshop is based in in Viborg, Denmark. Over the years they have produced some really nice and stylized work. I urge you to check their website out and follow them on Facebook. http://www.animwork.dk/en/
What if the characters we created are alive? In Danny And The Wild Bunch, this concept is creatively used and developed. Written and Directed by Robert Rugan, this short film tells a story about "a children's book author is told that her new manuscript needs to be "darker", but when her revisions piss off the characters in the book, they come back to make some changes of their own." I am pretty sure that we have seen other animated shorts where the characters become 'alive' and work against the creator, but it seems that this short film is the only one that use 3D animation as a medium. This short film also did a great job on its visual look and design. Another thing that I also like about the film is the character development.
In short, there are two groups in this film; Danny & The Wild Bunch and Miranda. Danny here started as a cheerful leader who seemed to understand his people's (The Wild Bunch) personality really well. Miranda, the aspiring writer, started as the one who claimed that she is the one in charge. The cause of the change of the characters' personality here was very solid and this leads to an interesting role reversal where Dark Danny become the one who is in charge of the situation. It is always very satisfying to see a very well thought character development.
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