Rolling Ball

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  • Software: Blender 2.78
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Practicing Rotational animation

OVERVIEW

This exercise is designed to be an application of the information learned in Chapter 3 of the Animation Bootcamp course. The assignment is to animate a ball rolling across the floor. This application will introduce you to rotational keys and f-curves, which are a-whole-nother animal compared to transnational f-curves. It will challenge your curve-to-motion coordination.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Download the Rolling Ball Bounce: Source Files from the Downloads tab. Unzip and open the included .blend file with Blender.
  2. Key as few key-poses as possible to achieve a rolling ball animation with settle-to-stop.
  3. Render your animation as an openGL viewport render.
  4. Upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo.
  5. Finally, submit your exercise by clicking the Submit Exercise button in the top-right corner of this page and pasting your video's URL.

Rules of the Exercise

  • 1
    Animation is believable as a rolling ball with settle-to-stop.
  • 2
    Submission is in video format
  • 3
    Use the scene file provided.
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Since 2009, I have been producing high quality character animations for everything from commercials to children's music videos. Working remotely for several small studios, I have been responsible for the rigging and animation of several videos that have received over 100 million views on Youtube. (Making for some very happy clients.)
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