Thought I’d post this up here, it’s the result of my second year, second semester (12~ weeks) Bsc Computer Animation & Digital FX course 3D modelling & Animation module (I also had a 2D animation module, and visual effects module to complete during the same period… This impacted this short a fair bit. Boo.)
The animation had to be based upon a short poem*
The Unicorn with long white horn,
Is beautiful and wild.
He gallops about the forest green,
So quickly that he’s seldom seen,
Where peacocks their feathers preen,
And strawberries grow wild.
He flees the hunter and the hounds,
Upon black earth his white hoof pounds,
And cold mountain streams he bounds,
And comes to a meadow mild;
There, when he kneels to take his nap,
He lays his head in a lady’s lap,
As gently as a child.
When developing the storyboard I tried to make use of a number of guides, such as ‘the rule of thirds’ and a few others. The composition isn’t as evident as I’d have liked it to be, but since I was pushed for time I could not fine tweak the scenes, nor add many of the bright coloured plants and bushes that I had planned on adding, which would have guided the eyes more. In any case I learnt a lot from trying to use them.
Please watch it in 720p if you can.
Worm Rig & Animation
Worm GlSl viewport animation
All in all I’m pleased with getting my first animation complete, and I’ve learnt a lot about how blender works in the process, I’m in pre-production of a new short animation now, based upon a story of my own creation so expect something soon (mid-September).
Michael Griffin (2001) Unicorn.
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*The poem was cut down due to it’s size, and hence makes little sense overall. Basically the first section of the poem is used, ending where it says he feels the hunter…