Animation

These are various animations and videos I have created. The "Animated Shorts" graphic may be a little misleading for now, as that one is still in production.

Animated ShortsAnimation ClipsTime-Lapse Photography
Posted by Markham at 6:00am, 7/9/2011 (UTC)
SomethingFile Size: 196.56kb

The final for the Animation class I took during the spring semester required us to animate a character acting through a short voice clip. This was my project, with an additional inbetween pass that I did since the end of the class.

The sound byte is from a segment of a clip provided at the 11-Second Club website.

Posted by Markham at 2:11am, 6/23/2011 (UTC)
A Viking's ShipFile Size: 109.34kb

This is a scene from my latest solo animation project, titled "A Viking's Quest."

All effects are done in Adobe Flash. The fog effects are the easiest, as they comprise of a Movie Clip symbol of a shape tween and given alpha transparency and a thick blur. Layer a few of these on top of each other, and you have a blur effect similar to the one seen here.

Of course, using Movie Clip symbols has a long history of being difficult to convert to video. However, since Flash CS3 was released Quick Time export has been capable of rendering Movie Clip symbols as they would play in a normal Flash file. Unfortunately, the way it works causes complex scenes to render poorly, resulting in choppy scenes as the program drops frames to keep up with the recording process.

My current plan to work around this is to export a version through this method as is, so that I have an accurate audio track. The next step will be to render the movie at around 4 frames per second so that I have a video containing all frames in their proper position. Then it's just a matter of bringing them both into a video editing program and finishing things up there.

Posted by Markham at 4:16am, 2/7/2011 (UTC)
Ursaw Minor Skipping CycleFile Size: 35.71kb

A short animated skip cycle to get used to using a tablet again.

Posted by Markham at 6:45pm, 1/20/2011 (UTC)
Monster Walk Cycle AnimationFile Size: 48.12kb

This is a random walk cycle I made a while ago.

Posted by Markham at 6:38pm, 1/20/2011 (UTC)
Explosion EffectsFile Size: 71.49kb

This is the explosion sample from when I was working on the graphics for Shattered Colony: The Survivors.

Posted by Markham at 2:16am, 6/22/2010 (UTC)
Flour Sack Pencil TestFile Size: 2.3mb

Final project for the Intro. to Animation class I took last semester.