After I created this short, I decided to name it (Awesome Time) after the quote that I used from the film Mean Girls because the story to my short is quite simply a women unhappy with her man. I decided to animate a character speaking the lines from the film similar to something seen on 11 Second Club.
I think the overall animation came out quite well as this was the first time I have done a lip sync.When working on this animation I ran into a number of problems that I ended up overcoming. For example the reference recordings, that I had filmed, were lost. I was unable to open it in a suitable media player that would enable me to view each frame of the video, helping me get a better understanding of timing. This was due to the online cloud storage I was using going down, luckily I had previously uploaded two of my recordings to blogger which helped me create a more nature moving character. Next time I will save multiple backups.
Rendering my project took the most amount of time as I had to leave my macbook running for a number of weeks. This was because of the amount of models and textures I used in my scene but due to me keeping up with my production schedule it finished on time.
When rendering I expected there to be a physical sun and sky but mid way though my render I noticed there was no sky this was because I rendered the Maya project in the format of a Tif image not a JPG. Next time if I want a physical sun and sky I will need to render the file in a JPG format.
During the date the screening took place I was in hospital but when I had retuned to college I presented my short to a number of students, who also study on my course. I received a lot of positive feedback for example, they liked how fluent and nature my animation looked. They also liked the way I animate using the Perspective/Graph Editor/Camera at the same time and told me that I animate in a professional manner and that I am talented. I had received no negative feedback.
When creating this animation I used a number of techniques. For example I used video references, Image reference and self acting in front of a mirror to understand the process of actions it takes to achieve a particular end. I also used advance techniques such as the Graph Editor to create a smoother animation. I also learnt to save back ups of my files.