Today I finished my small project for the loopdeLoop September animation challenge.
My main reason to enter was the fact that I didn't make an stop-motion clip during a few years due to work and stuff:) So I needed to get in or on? it again with purpose. I used another camera, I used a new set with new lights and-so-on. So there was a lot of testing going on before I started animating and since I mostly have grand and often crazy ambitious ideas it took some time to get started.
But in this month and a halve or so I finished it. A lot of work for basically a small clip of 45 seconds :). And it has some flaws, I cannot deny it but it was a good learning experience and in the end it is a fun clip to watch anyway I think. So cheers and if any comments or question arises I am looking forward to answer them.
Gerard "DoubleG Productions"
An appealing rat character, and a good ending! And you have the character offscreen at the beginning and end, so it's a good clean loop.
You could do a little more with the nose twitching when he sniffs, if the snout is flexible. But it does read well enough as it is. And I see you did take the trouble to move the feet so it doesn't just slide around, but it is hard to keep them from slipping a bit without any kind of tiedowns. Sometimes really small holes in the set, and a pin going through the foot, is enough to keep the feet that are supposed to be taking the weight in place. With 4 legs he doesn't fall over like a 2 legged puppet would without tiedowns, but they still help to get a better walk.
But those little niggles aside, a fun piece that fulfilled the brief to produce an animated loop! I like how his eyes and nose turn green, details like that do make a difference.
Thank you for the nice comments.
I thought indeed that if I would make a good armature an animal with 4 legs would be able to walk proper. But alas it was more difficult than I thought. It took me a lot of time to get the rat walking a bit like it should. So I agree some tie downs next time would be better. And since I never tried it, it would be a good learning experience.
Yes the nose was flexible I had the armature (twisted 1 millimetre) from tail to nose and 4 different nose peaces. But is was all tiny and you can only see it proper with the first sniff.The second is to far off and the perspective makes it a bit difficult to look at it proper. But next time I would first test run it to get a better feeling :)