Reverse Video Reference
Normally animators shoot video and use it as reference for their work. In this assignment, you'll do the reverse. Specifically, you will take each of the following animation clips and shoot video in which you recreate them as accurately as possible.
Watch the four character animation clips by clicking on these links:
Film yourself acting out the scene in each of the four animation clips, recording a separate clip of yourself for each one. Reproduce the motion of the character in the animation as accurately as possible (you'll be graded on how well you do). Don't just quickly act it out but rather study each animation clip carefully to capture all the details in the motion. Also pay attention to the camera angle, camera distance, and camera moves (if any).
The purpose of this exercise is to have you carefully observe the motion in each clip so that you will learn how varied a character's motions can be and to appreciate the complexity of the body's mechanics.
Staging is very important for shooting good reference so find the best location for filming each clip. You want to be sure that you have enough room to perform all the actions. You also want good lighting so that you can clearly see the action. Do not film your videos in a dimly-lit, cramped room the night before the assignment is due!
Upload your four clips to your blog in an entry entitled "Reverse Video Reference." You may embed your clips directly into your blog or post them elsewhere (such as YouTube) and put the links in your blog entry.
Here are some examples from last semester:
* Create four video clips of yourself imitating the walk as seen in each animation clip listed above.
* In each clip reproduce the timing, mannerisms, antics, staging, camera moves, etc. as accurately as possible.
* Upload your videos (or links to them) to your blog in a post entitled "Reverse Video Reference".
40 points (if late, 20 points).
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