Run Cycle: Blocking (1/3)

Maya: Animation Fundamentals

In This Class You’ll Access…
Run Cycle Class (1 of 3 ) covers the foundations of a run cycle. We’ll learn the common key poses of a run by following a classic Richard Williams 2d run from his book, The Animators Survival Kit.

We’ll stress the importance of finding reference footage outside of a 2d run guide and cover a few cool tricks in Maya, specifically using the grease pencil and motion trails too. We’ll look at mirroring poses both manual and scripted.

Copying poses from an existing cycle isn’t really animating but it’s helpful in the early stage of cycle and pros will follow these reference guides to save time too. This page builds on the previous pages putting principles into practice without using the graph editor just yet.

Parts two and three of this series will use the graph editor and take the average cycle from this class and polish it into a high quality cycle. Be sure to see those pages as this is a 3 part class.

Running Time: 48 mins
Software: Maya 2016
Instructor: Andrew Silke

Class Time: 48 mins

1. Introduction, Reference And Setup (9:00 mins)

1.1 – Introduction (55 sec)
1.2 – Image Reference (1:45 mins)
1.3 – Video Reference (2:32 mins)
1.4 – Zanzi (49 sec)
1.5 – Rig Settings (2:59 mins)

2. Creating The Key Poses (8:02 mins)

2.1 – First Pose (2:37 mins)
2.2 – Pose Symmetry Tool (2:04 mins)
2.3 – Mirror Pose Manual (3:21 mins)

3. Grease Pencil (1:57 mins)

3.1 – Grease Pencil (1:57 mins)

4. The Breakdown Poses (5:48 mins)

4.1 – Middle Poses (4:09 mins)
4.2 – Mid Breakdowns Repeat (1:39 mins)

5. Adjusting Playback Speed (4:49 mins)

5.1 – Adjusting Playback FPS (4:49 mins)

6. Checking The Poses: Tweaking (10 mins)

6.1 – Motion Trails (4:34 mins)
6.2 – Tweaks Right (1:03 mins)
6.3 – Front tweaks (4:49 mins)

7. In Betweens And Looking Ahead (8:48 mins)

7.1 – Inbetweens (4:54 mins)
7.2 – Inbetweens Right (2:36 mins)
7.3 – Looking Forward (1:18 mins)

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