Animation Assignment #3

You are to animate the given character in a slight 3/4 front view, standing beside a sack. Within the field of view and close to the character (within one step) there should be a box like object at a height between the character’s waist and shoulders (but not above or below these perameters). The character is to look at the object, estimate it’s weight, then anticipate back and grab the sack around the middle. The character, with effort, should then anticipate again and lift the sack off the ground to their shoulder, then collapse under the weight and recover. The character then anticipates and steps forward as necessary to place the sack onto the top of the box. After the sack has been placed, the character should then step back and recover.

Have a one second animated hold at the beginning and a one second animated hold at the end.

As an alternative to this, you can have the character lifting a heavy ball, up to their waist and then onto the box. Be sure to act this assignment out as the different objects will require different actions and reactions. Here's a design sheet for the sack.

“Heavy Ball Lift” on computer. Be sure to lable your file last name first, first name last, i.e.: lemaybrian

Scene Planning
Working from a given key pose
Working from a given character design
Slo in & Slo out
Stretch & Squash
Overlapping Action
Effects of Gravity
Realistic Timing
Use of Arcs

2 weeks ( 8 - 12 hours)

Assignment is worth 15% of the second semester grade

Animation will be graded in the following areas:
• Strong Key Posing
• Appropriate, Realistic Timing
• Proper Anticipation, Action, Reactions
• Overlapping Action
• Weight
• Balance

The animation must show appropriate squash and stretch, realistic timing, proper slo-in and slo-out on the arms, leg movements, torque, tilt, and twist in the pelvis and shoulders (if any) as per in-class lecture demonstration. Character must appear to have realistic weight on a proper one point perspective plane with horizon line at chest level when the character is standing.

Required Actions:

• Anticipate   ___/2
• Grab the sack around the middle   ___/2
• Anticipate   ___/2
• Lift to shoulder   ___/2
• Recover   ___/4
• Anticipate   ___/2
• place sack on box   ___/2
• Recover   ___/4
  Total ____/20

Graded Areas:

• Strong Key Posing   ___/10
• Appropriate, Realistic Timing   ___/10
• Proper Anticipation   ___/10
• Action   ___/10
• Reactions   ___/10
• Overlapping Action   ___/10
• Weight   ___/10
• Balance   ___/10
  Total ____/80

(You should have about 20 - 24 Key poses for this assignment and around 45 - 50 inbetweens if you put in all the appropriate anticipation and recovery to each move. The total scene length should be around 5 - 7 seconds.)

Copy of the grade sheet

Work Schedule

Week 1
Begin working out thumbnails
Rough out primary keys to describe the basic action.
Rough out secondary keys indicating anticipation and reactions throughout scene.
Time out keys and pencil test to confirm timing.
Make any adjustments necessary.
Draw breakdowns to broad actions.

Week 2
Show Brian pencil test of Keys and Breakdowns properly timed.
Revise actions and/or timing as required.
Revisions and inbetweening.

Week 3
Have animation on computer as .avi by the beginning of class.

Reading Assignment
Read pages 127 - 145 of the Character Animation and Lip Sync book

Here's Pose 1 that you can use as your start off key.

Weightlift Lecture

Summer 2010 Demo

Winter 2011 Flour Sack Demo

Things to Watch Out For Handout

Ball Lift Example


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