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Dev Blog 5: Animation Reference Acting

By April 8, 2018No Comments

Animation, server upgrades, new programmers on the team, and cleaning up code; it’s been a busy week at Project Ambitious.

We are excited to have three new programmers on the team: Chris, Santiago, and Iris. Each brings a different set of skills to the game. Development is already moving faster because of them, and its only going to get better.

Remember a few weeks ago when we rewrote a lot of code? We finished doing that, but there were bits and pieces of code still floating around that weren’t really doing anything. This week, we cleaned that up a bit so things don’t get confusing in the future.

We also finished upgrading to cloud based servers for our version control. Speeds have improved dramatically. We owe a special thank you to Iris for helping us with this transition.

Animation Reference Acting

I reached out to my friend, Douglas O’Hagan, for help creating some reference footage for character animation. We had a lot of fun and ended up with some great videos that will help create better looking animations. I look forward to recording more with Doug in the future.

gun-reload-animation-reference-gif

You might notice in the gif above that Doug is left handed. Thanks to the wonders of inverted-copy-pasting in Blender, this is no obstacle! I can keyframe the animation as left-handed, and then flip it so the character is right-handed.

That’s all I’ve got for this week’s blog. We’re working on some new buildings to place in the maps, so I’ll try to get some screenshots of those for next week.

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Silas Talley, Creative Director / Studio Manager