Thanks, everyone for taking the time to watch this and post a comment!
Jeepster, glad you like it. The fall wasn’t supposed to be realistic. The fencing itself isn’t realistic, and neither is the fall. It was supposed to be more cartoony. But hmmm, if that didn’t come across earlier, then ratsauce!
Agent009-J, glad you like it!
Paul J, it is not an epee. As snelleeddy figured out they are sabres. In the stage fencing lessons I got we were trained in sabres, so I animated sabres. And I know they bend waaaay too much, but like you said, it was a style I was going for. Again, the fall was supposed to cartoony, but that’s interesting what you said about the velocity changes.
bugman_2000, how’d I rig the foils? Simple 3-bone FK chain. The foil blade itself has only 2 loops in it (besides end loops), one for each joint. It’s just an extruded cube. The nice bendiness comes from subsurf, which is on level 2. (Darn, you thought the fall was out of place too.)
snelleeddy, well crap. I took most of my inspiration from Daffy Duck’s The Scarlet Pumpernickel. It was intended to be stagey and theatrical. I did get stage fencing lessons. And our instructor made it very clear how different stage fencing is from competition fencing (especially in the speed of the match). So the whole thing was supposed to be cartoony. That didn’t seem to come across at all. No one liked the spin, you said the bout is too slow. Poopy.
I guess what I thought would give it away as cartoony from the beginning was too subtle. You’ll notice that their posture is perfect throughout the whole fight. As in, impossibly perfect (i.e. the back never moves – not even subtly). And the flexibility of the sword was supposed to be cartoony too.
Well that’s very interesting. It means I have to establish the cartoony factor much sooner and much more obviously.
Well thanks again, all. I think I’m going to go back to this and make it better. I should probably watch The Scarlet Pumpernickel again.