skiing animation - questions

hi guys,

as i mentioned in the animation section of the forum, I have a 15 week IT school project. Our topic is based on ‘helping people’, so i am making an animation teaching the basics of skiing for a beginner skiier.

I have started modeling the objects which I will need in my scences. However, I have a few questions that i would like to have answered:

  1. Since my characters will have no skin visible, because they will be wearing ski pants and jackets etc, is it nessary to model the person?
  2. If yes, is there any tutorial to model a male person? So far all the tutorials i have come across have been for female character (lol, i wonder why ;))
  3. Should i have one big blend file for all my props or something similar?
  4. Since my sences will be fairly complex, is there a way to decrease the quality of the 3d window?

I’ll probably have some more later but thats all for now
BTW any links for anything that would be useful for this project would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for any help

There are a lot of free models out there for you to work with. Do a google search. I’d post a link… but this is your project. I asked the same question in a post a while ago… search in Elysiun for “Getting a model to work with”.
Second, Blender can handle a lot of action in the preview window, so when it becomes populated, you should be able to get a fast preview.

Third, you are looking at a massive project that will take at least 6 months to complete, unless you’re really really good. :smiley:
Pace yourself.

And last, concerning the first, I’ve heard of a program called MakeHuman for Blender. I’ve never used it but supposedly it’s good. Do a search here or on Google.

Good luck and Godspeed, bigfoot! Tell me when you’re done, I’d love to see how this turns out!

(Let me know If I can be any help…)


One advice regarding number 3.
Have all objects in one scene, but use the layers, there
is 20 layers so its like having 20 scenes but better.