Hello! I recently completed production on 8-minute 3D animated short, which I made using Unity. In this post, I'll be breaking down my workflow, from character modeling to final render. I'll also be evaluating the merits and limitations of using Unity in this way. This is probably going to be a chonky post, so below … Continue reading Making a Short Film in Unity using the Unity Timeline
I wanted to share my process for setting up a character for mocap retargeting and facial animation in MotionBuilder. I prefer to make a clean character file to retarget onto, with all the possible assets that I would need for a given project. Having all assets on a character from the beginning of the retargeting … Continue reading Character Setup in Motionbuilder: Characterization and Character Face Mapping
Hi! My name is Katie Tender, and I'm a senior in the Carnegie Mellon University School of Art. I make a lot of 3D animation. I specialize in character animation and rigging, but in the past year and a half, I've become increasingly interested in figuring out alternative workflows or ways of using industry-standard software … Continue reading Hello!
Last year, I worked on a short called Midland Safari Putt-Putt, which I animated in Maya using flat planes. I picked this method because I was the most well versed in Maya (as opposed to another animation software like Harmony or After Effects), but I didn't have time to go through the entire 3D pipeline. … Continue reading Animating using Flat Planes in Maya
This post isn't going to a tutorial in the way that my previous posts have been. Rather, it's going to be some advice on how to approach bringing custom animations and characters into Unity, based on my past couple of years experience working on projects that utilize the (Motionbuilder) - Maya - Unity pipeline, and … Continue reading Character Setup for Unity — Rigging, Animation, and Importing Considerations
An eye controller that allows you to manipulate the character's look-at point is a bog-standard feature of any rig: If I'm just doing one or two shots, I'll do my body/face mocap re-targeting in Motionbuilder, bake it, send it to Maya, and set up my eye controller in Maya. However, for work recently, I was … Continue reading Setting Up an Eye Controller in Motionbuilder + Avoiding Lazy Eye
UPDATE: In section 1 of this post, we paint the blendshape weights for the character. I've noticed a bug where sometimes, all your morph targets don't appear in the "Target" section of the Paint Blend Shape Weights Tool. You can get around thing by right-clicking on your base mesh, and while holding down the right … Continue reading Automated Lip Syncing using MotionBuilder Voice Device