JANI-TOR Walk Test 13.3 sec movie - 160x120 -
janitor.avi - [1.2Mb]
JANI-TOR Rough Cut 1:05 - 160x120 - jan2.avi - [6.6Mb]
here to go to the STORYBOARD page!
- This image represents the first test of an animation I did in early 1998.
I storyboarded the animation and began
modeling the objects needed. The idea was inspired by a trip to the Boston Museum of Science one day. We attended
the lightning show, and were treated to some very exciting electrical effects.
I took the visual experience I had that day and tried to put it into an animation.
- For this movie I created the character of JANI-TOR, a robotic caretaker
who roams the corridors of a research facility apparently oblivious to his
surroundings. He started out as conceptual sketches, and evolved a little
before I began making the computer model.
- Then I drew up a rough outline for the story in pencil,
and transferred that to my work book and penned over it
to create the storyboard.
I used it to set up scenes, and tried to get them fairly
close to the concept. But this storyboard was meant to
give me a good idea of what the final frame would look
like, but circumstances change. If I model the setting,
it may turn out that the camera angle I drew on the
storyboard frame wasn't going to work perfectly, so I'd
change the frame to work for the video,
after all that's what storyboards are for.
- I modeled him as one piece at first, placing all the
individual parts on one solid model that couldn't be
animated. Then I separated out the parts and placed them
in a setup scene that fit the solid model.
- The first thing I did in Lightwave was to create two test
animations for the electrical effects. If these didn't
work out, the whole animation would have to be revised.
One test was of the arc spanning the balls of a slightly
modified Van de Graaf generator, and the other was of the
arc rising up a Jacob's Ladder. (Both play a part in the
final animation.) The two scenes turned out very well.
One is featured in this .AVI.
The .AVI is rendered at 15 fps, which removes some of the
nicer subtleties of the lightning arcs, but shows it off
fairly well, and at half the download size.
- (Note the fact that the loping walk bounces the abdomen
up and down quite a bit, but the body stays rather
steady. The silver abdomenal sections squeeze together
and contract to accommodate the movement, as a kind of
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