In regards to the character animation on "Bothered" that will begin soon: First things first, I am going to be incredibly honest with you all right now and say that I am not the best animator working on this film! There are several extremely talented animators whose skills are objectively better than my own, namely Chelsea, Allen, Christina, Claire, and who knows who else.
BUT! Even though I'm not that great at animation, I do not suck at it completely. I've got to admit, I kind of sucked at character animation until the end of last semester, when something clicked in my brain and I finally started implementing all of the things that Cynthia had been teaching us for years and years, and I feel like I developed a process that allowed me to stop sucking at animation really quickly. That's where I think I can be of service to the rest of you animators, especially you young premajors. I have this idea about teaching a 1 hour crash course called "How to stop sucking at animation FAST" in which I share the process that helped me learn how to stop being a completely crappy animator really quickly.
And I guess what I'm trying to ask is, would anyone be interested in meeting up and learning something like that? I'm going to be incredibly honest again and say that from what I can see of the walk cycles posted on the blog, many of you need it. I don't say that arrogantly; I've animated many a crappy walk cycle in my day. It's just important that we all become as proficient as we can as quickly as possible for the sake of the film. So, if this sounds like something you'd be interested in, feel free to add a comment, or email me if you want to meet up one-on-one and learn about some of the shtuff I learned the hard way. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org So yeah! Thanks and let me know what you think!
**Christina, Allen, Claire, Chelsea, whoever else has experience: you guys also have a lot of awesome advice to offer on character animation, so I'd be really curious to hear what you guys think about this too :)