The Animator's Tango
"The Animator's Tango" is a mini-short film satirizing the Chicago musical - it's about an unhinged student dealing with the aftermath of a corrupted Maya file. This was a semester-long junior year project meant to highlight nuanced acting in animation through a sophisticated face rig and a polished lip sync.
"The Animator's Tango" was a semester-long junior year project meant to highlight nuanced acting in animation through a sophisticated face rig and a polished lip sync. Below is the blend test for my character rig.
I decided to make my assignment around a self-caricatured character satirizing the Chicago musical - specifically, an unhinged student dealing with the aftermath of a crashed Maya file. To further my own interest in modeling, I used the opportunity to sculpt a highly detailed dress and thoughtfully-ornamented accessories for my character. I also gained the experience of simulating the intricate dress that I modeled.
Above is the animatic for the lip sync assignment where I planned the timing and staging, and below is the the thumbnailing I did in preparation for animation - followed by testing out poses.
Model and texture details are included as well for when I was testing out the render.
Above is the visual development I completed in preparation for the character modeling and rigging, with photographic reference for all of the details - as well as early explorations for the character design.
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