This project will
focus on collecting motion capture data and then using that data to
animate three or four non-human characters who are in a band playing
their instruments and singing the lyrics.
thing you need to do is pick a song, preferably one available
in digital form. This should be at least a 60 second clip. You will be
to this clip a lot so make sure its something that will not drive you
insane. You will very likely hate this piece of music when you are
done, and possibly have nightmares about it, so please choose
Something that has a very obvious beat may be easier to animate to.
Then you need to
think of what kinds of creatures will be in the band.
Maybe they are worms, or a bunch of aliens on the moon, some dinosaurs
in prehistoric times, or a bunch of fish or crbs on the ocean floor.
The idea here is to be creative in what these non-human creatures look
like. They should not look like people. Think about
how the creatures will move to the music before you get to the motion
capture area. The characters do not need to be playing real instruments
but there should clearly be some connection to the music so a person
watching this could belive that the characters are playing.
then use motion capture techniques to animate your characters.
We will use the Vicon motion capture system in EVL to collect this
need to clean
up that data and use it to animate your computer generated characters
so they move to the music. Be sure to bring something with you to your
motion capture session to play back your music. We will be scheduling a
few days in November when the groups can come and do your motion
capture sessions. This will take place in 1032 SEL, which is in the
North East corner of the Western building of SEL.
should be detailed enough to know what the setting is
supposed to be.
probably think about bringing some props to bring along.
Last time a couple groups brought in some friends who were better
may want to use some of the routines you created in Project 2
to augment the motion capture in this project. All of the primary
motions of the characters should be through motion capture, but
secondary effects can be through other routines, and you may want some
other things moving around in the background. You may also want to
use some of the kinematics material.
difference in this project is that this project will be done
in groups. The groups will most likely have 2 people. Please email me
your group members once you have formed.
the first project, there will be a we page describing your work
and a presentation of your work to
the class. These presentations will be 10-20 minutes long with an
additional 10 minutes for in-class questions. Each member of the team
must speak for a reasonable amount of time during the presentation.
motion tracking system: