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  1. http://www.am-guide.com/SetUp/ of course you can always buy the book... -David
  2. Great to hear, so you've reported it and submitted data then? -David
  3. Popping due to gamma is an issue that hash addressed i think around 10.5 (but it could have been earlier or later) you can get popping in the model window but it should remain stable and 'locked' during animation. I think you might just be seeing a re-draw glitch, especially since you say it goes back to normal when you enter muscle mode. I'd render to file (final quality) to make sure that this shows up. if it does you might need to file one at http://www.hash.com/reports -David
  4. Well considering any pages past the limit in the contract results in a charge to my advance.... I think I'll just stick to the page limits. If you guys want to gather your nickles and send me the $4 per page they will dock me over the 600 then we can talk Printing a production for an additional 400 pages would not be inexpensive for the publisher so I can understand their stand point on the matter. -David
  5. but it would make the book about 5X longer which for a comprehensive A:M tome would ratchet the page count up into the 900-1000 range easy; which most publishers aren't going to do, as it will have to cost you the consumer in the 80-100 dollar range. We writers are pushed down with page limits so all the clarity and step by step with each step illustrated type tutorials wind up just cutting into the amount of the software that can be covered. I'd love full color as well, the only publisher I've seen do a real good job on this was New Riders, the remiander of the feild is pretty cheap. They give the author the option to have a set of 'color plates' but those are so far removed from the text that it needs to relate to that it does very little good. I opt to put the color versions of all the figures on the disc instead.... All that being said, as I am currently writing the update all this discussion on what people want out of a book has certainly been distracting and helpful . I too look forward to whatever Georgia and her author have for us! -David
  6. Looks fun! My only question is: where is shaggy? -David
  7. Hey David, Great looking rig so far. I do have one critique to offer on the leg control set-up and the complexity thereof. Specifically on the ball pivot/rotation of the foot. what I'm looking at here are basically three working bones + smartskin for what I would think is basically a single bone/heriarchy+expression solution. It also does one of those things that I just don't like it places a control in a position that seems unrelated to it's function. I know you have the bone named in the PWS but the animator is just going to want to grab a bone and 9 out of 10 of them won't think that the bone floating in front of the leg has anything to do with heel lift or ball-of-foot pivoting. just my opinion of course. I have attached a simple leg (basically my same standard leg rig from my tut but with heel lift and secondary pivot controls added in.) that shows where I would put the control and how it can do the job pretty much 100% with hierarchy. I didn't on this example but I would also add an expression to make the toe manipulation bone rotate in opposition to the heel lifter at least in the X axis, allowing the natural hierarchy to control the Y axis needs. Give it a look-see and see if you agree, or not (P.S. sorry it took so long for me to get back to you with this!) -David simple_leg.mdl.zip
  8. Obnomauk whenever is fine with me. just let me know a day or so in advance and I will block out the time slot. -David
  9. Obnomauk

    Stolen Child WIP

    Have I mentioned that wings are hard to rig it's been on and off the burner for weeks now and while I think I have a fairly manageable solution for just wing and feather happiness in general, folding a wing is a very complicated maneuver, lots of feathers sliding over and under other feathers. But I do love a challenge! I hope to have something substantial to report soon(ish) -david
  10. see now that is what I'm talking about Thanks for the project Steffen when I have a chance to get to cloth (still pushing on composite) this will be a big help. -David Rogers
  11. Keen little egg, and for three bucks a steal! I for one am glad to be welcoming eggprops back! -David
  12. http://www.hash.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=8810 How about this Paul? -David
  13. http://www.hash.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=8810 We are progressing here folks. Glad to have your interest Frank! -David
  14. A:M Guild (as culled from the logs of wednesday night chat ) OK here's the deal and the vision as it sits. First off this whole idea is in place to help produce more quality animation, and more users that are trained and capable of producing said animation. I have been approached not only by people who are interested in learning but also professional animators who are interested in training people. (And when I say professional I mean people I myself would be more than willing to apprentice under.) The immediate goal behind apprenticeship is this: The people who are the most capable of providing direct and focused training are often those who really have the least amount of time to do so. How can we help them make time to help the community learn? Conversely the best way to learn something is often by having a more experienced person provide direction and critique on our work, but for most A:M users this would either cost a lot of money or just isn't feasible for a number of reasons. (i.e. can't quit job to go to art school full time.) If only there was a way they could get access to a knowledgeable tutor and focused critique.... HEY you got chocolate in my peanut butter! the intermediate goal is to increase the A:M user talent pool. You spend lets say six months to a year learning and working on some animation as an apprentice, you walk away a better animator. You apply that learning to your personal projects and you find it's easier, and you make more progress more easily. In say two years the number of short animations produced by the community increases as does the overall quality of those animations. That's good for Hash inc. its good for users its good for all of us. In a few years you might say to yourself: "Self, I know a thing or three now and I might like to help some new folks learn like someone once helped me." You just happen to be working on a short film of your own. You take on an apprentice and pass on the lessons you learned and the cycle is completed. We build a stronger community, we create more animations, we help pass on our learning. If none of that sounds like a good idea to you then... well skip it please. But by the poll there does seem to be enough interest to at least get a first round started. So I'm going to go ahead and spend some of my personal time to get it running. (Yes this costs me something (as if four hours of sleep a night was too much.)) First some guidelines for both Mentors and Apprentices: Mentors: will need to have a project description, and an idea of what they can offer to a prospective apprentice. They will need to demonstrate a firm knowledge of A:M, art and animation. They will need to be available via email, A:M Community, or some other instant messaging/chat service, to the apprentice for the duration of the apprenticeship. A given mentor may not take on more than two apprentices (just to be certain that each apprentice gets the attention they deserve.) Apprentices: will need to have a basic level of A:M knowledge, this can be demonstrated by completion of the exercises in TAo A:M, anyone who has a certificate from Rodney qualifies. if you have done the exercises on your own but have not gotten a certificate please post your exercise results and get certified . They will need to be available via email, A:M Community, or some other instant messaging/chat service, in order to receive assignments/critiques from the mentor. An apprentice may not sign up for more than one mentorship at a time (lets keep this sane ok? ) Other than that it would be up to the apprentice and mentor to come to terms on what the apprentice would be working on and what kind of schedule they were working on. I have some suggested guidelines but if an apprentice and mentor agree to something different then they can work that out on their own. as a general guide: An apprentice can be expected to start on something small, like back ground animation. but they should be constantly working towards bigger more involved tasks, ideally ending up with some amount of "hero" animation as a final goal. The apprentice should expect prompt response and full critique of their work by the mentor, this means that the mentor will generally say something other than "great work" indeed the mentor might seem to be very harsh. (Depending on the mentor of course, 'cause some of us are cuddly wuddly.) The apprentice should expect the mentor to point out flaws and pick nits. The apprentice should expect to work hard... let me clarify that: ANIMATION IS HARD WORK, you should be willing to apply yourself to the full extent of your ability towards your assignments, if you can't see yourself putting in more than a few minutes a week on this then you should probably wait until you have the time to spend. In turn the Mentor should expect that an apprentice will work on an assignment and keep them informed as to how they are progressing. It should not be necessary to send constant reminders or ask for updates. The mentor should expect to spend time viewing the apprentice's work and providing full and thoughtful critique of it. The mentor should expect to be asked questions and be fully willing and ready to answer them. The mentor should be willing to hand over work to the apprentice in line with their progress meaning that you shouldn't hog all the hero shots to yourself. A Mentor should not expect to put the apprentice to work on all the 'boring' stuff that they don't want to deal with. A project should be the extent of an apprenticeship once the project is finished the apprentice should have 'graduated.' Projects should be non-commercial unless the apprentice and the mentor agree otherwise. Otherwise we are all adult(ish) here so we should be able to come to terms amongst ourselves. I am working on a set of criteria for Mentors and will post those as soon as I have a general idea of what those will be. I would like to keep this moving along at a rapid clip as momentum is definitely required to have this work. Lastly I have read this thread: http://www.hash.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=8775 and I do appreciate the concerns expressed. However, nothing is going to be perfect especially right out of the gate. there are years of hard won experience and thought behind this proposal most of the alternative suggestions have been tried or failed to get off the ground. Short of charging buckets of dollars to compensate professional instructors for their time this seems the most feasible way to get more involved/in-depth training. If you don't think so or don't like it.... well don't sign up. -David
  15. what's that saying about being a nice guy....
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