Happy Easter!

Or at least an enjoyable holiday weekend if it’s not your thing!easter_awesometania

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Several big updates over at Hipposterous….

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my courses have shifted gears towards thesis work exclusively this semester, so I’m just reblogging here so those of you who have not yet followed along over at Hipposterous or the Hipposterous tumblr are aware that I’m still producing. Alive and kicking.

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Effects Week 10: Explosion


This could have a bit more flourish, some more emphasis on the initial “bang” and the ring of smoke that emits could curl downward and show a bit more interesting direction. Obviously, the next step would be to incorporate some character animation into it, but that’s beyond my time constraints at the moment.

I received an A.

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Effects Week 9: Splash


This is actually the first rough practice for some of the brief water effects that are going to be in my thesis film. General notes on this very rushed assignment was to spend more time on the follow through. A touch more hang time on the initial “bloom” of the water, and then just way more time on the follow through. Additionally, when it begins to “lace” and separate on the fall, don’t have it come apart so quickly, keep it together longer, which will make the secondary splashes easier to track / complete.

Personal observation is that I need to keep the forms larger, and simpler for the style of my thesis and for the time management situation of getting these SFX shots completed.

Received an A-.

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Effects Week 8: Vortex


I chose a whirlpool / tornado via magical transformation for this effect idea. General notes were to add a bit of a follow-up wisps, kind of plus up the end (that’s a common kind of note this semester, but I am just not doing the time management worth a crap), and to carry over the blue markup to every frame (again, time!).

Received an A.

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Effects Week 7: Lightning / Electricity


Major notes were that the held frame was too long, which is true. A suggestion that the lightning should arc straight to the figure, and not have that frame where it is half way there (I totally agree) and that the lightning could do more, especially if the held frame is going to last so long. I agree as well. Overall though, I was very pleased with how this turned out.

Received an A-.

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Effects Week 6: Billowing Smoke


General notes here were to simplify details and then to add a bit more design to the overall shape of the plume, so it is not so “straight funnel” shaped. In addition, as the lines would become simplified, there would be an element of shading and contrast, so to track forms and not lines. It was overall met with success. Recieved an A-.

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