"Animating A Quadruped" with "Life Of Pi" AnimSup Matt Shumway.animsquad r&h matt shumway life of pi
Posted 17 September 2014 - 04:32 PM
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We're proud to present Matt Shumway, Animation Supervisor on "Life Of Pi", animating real-time through 7.5 hours of workflow demo. During the Masterclass Matt animates a tiger walking down a hill side, hops onto a large rock and lays down.
Matt starts from scratch and animates a cycle in place, showing all the tricks and things to look out for when animating a quadruped. The SECOND part his workflow demo is creating a Maya Motion Path and applying the cycle to the motion path. After which he uses Maya's Time Warp demonstrating how you can easily retime the cycle and make it look like it's not cycle looping over and over again, thus creating an organic looking tiger walking down a hillside and hopping on a rock. The THIRD part Matt goes into keyframing the tiger stopping, lying down and going into a relaxing pose. This is where Matt kicks into high gear and reveals how to use video reference to add all the little nuances of the tiger motion. Paying great attention to where the weight is taken, what the paws do, how the shoulders roll, how the head behaves, eyes, tail, etc.
The workflow is step-by-step, in real time making sure you can follow the workflow demo in great detail.