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Caitlin Vickers

  • Here is my final film! I still want to do better... but I learned so much through this.

    The Life of a Student Animator - final year character animation project - Duration: 2 minutes, 4 seconds.

    • 1 year ago
    • 8,675 views
    An animation I produced for my final year Computer Animation Project module at Teesside University. We were able to undertake whatever work we chose as long as it was a suitable amount. This idea w...
  • Here is the reel I will be running at ExpoTees to give a taste of my work. :)

    Character Animation showreel - ExpoTees 2014 | Caitlin Vickers - Duration: 74 seconds.

    • 1 year ago
    • 165 views
    I am responsible for all the character animation in this reel. This reel is a little longer as it is something I can have looping on my monitor at ExpoTees so people can see a variety of things I d...
  • Here you can see my exact contribution my team's film.

    Caitlin Vickers - the making of All Is Fair In Love And Playtime - Duration: 69 seconds.

    • 1 year ago
    • 72 views
    This shows my contribution, mainly as character animator, to my third year group project at Teesside University. I was producer and lead character animator in a team of five students - Inky Squid -...
  • I made a pre-graduation showreel. The one when I do graduate will be even better!

    Character Animation Showreel - Spring 2014 | Caitlin Vickers - Duration: 35 seconds.

    • 1 year ago
    • 121 views
    I am responsible for all of the character animation in this reel.

    I am currently a third-year Computer Character Animation student at Teesside University, due to graduate in May 2014. I am working...
  • Some story changes have taken place. I like this version much better. Thanks, Ed Hooks!

    Story changes | The Life of a Student Animator - Duration: 2 minutes.

    • 1 year ago
    • 249 views
    A few weeks ago I got in touch with Ed Hooks - author of 'Acting for Animators' - and got some great feedback on where the storyline of my piece could be improved. In retrospect I should have done ...
  • Ed Hooks gave me some useful feedback about story, so I'm testing a new version of my project.

    Test for story changes | The Life of a Student Animator - Duration: 117 seconds.

    • 1 year ago
    • 99 views
    After emailing actor Ed Hooks my work he gave me some useful feedback about where the pacing and story didn't quite work, so I have made this test of how I can potentially edit my film. Since the m...
  • It's getting there! It will be ready to smooth out and polish soon.

    Latest cut - most inbetweening | The Life of a Student Animator - Duration: 110 seconds.

    • 1 year ago
    • 143 views
    I've been working really hard on adding as many keyframes into each scene as possible so that I can begin converting the animation curves from stepped to linear (i.e. from blocky to smooth) and sta...
  • A bit more work in progress. Watching it all together helps me see what needs doing next.

    Some more breakdowns and progress | The Life of a Student Animator - Duration: 105 seconds.

    • 1 year ago
    • 85 views
    Every stage or so I put together the latest versions of all the shots I have so far so that I can more clearly see how they're all looking and how they fit together. It also helps me to decide whic...
  • Here's the difference between my first version of my happy dance celebration compared to the latest one.

    Happy celebration dance - blocking vs. breakdowns | The Life of a Student Animator - Duration: 15 seconds.

    • 1 year ago
    • 98 views
    Since I first blocked out this scene (version 1) I've changed some keyframes to make the character look more relaxed and spontaneous and also added in breakdown keyframes to better define the movem...
  • These small clips show the difference a few extra keyframes make to your animation.

    Blocking vs. breakdowns | The Life of a Student Animator - Duration: 25 seconds.

    • 1 year ago
    • 60 views
    Here I have chosen three shots that I have been adding breakdowns to since the initial blocking stage, playing first the blocked shot and then the shot with breakdowns. It's really good to look bac...
  • I have finished the blocking stage for my animation. It's looking much better than the previs now!

    All blocking | The Life of a Student Animator - Duration: 103 seconds.

    • 1 year ago
    • 38 views
    The first stage of five has been completed (almost - her dancing shot is missing some moves) for all of the shots of my animation. I'm already well into the next stage (putting in breakdowns to bet...
  • Blocking set 2 | The Life of a Student Animator - Duration: 25 seconds.

    • 1 year ago
    • 36 views
    Before Christmas I blocked out five more shots for The Life of a Student Animator. The first two are the two 'monotonous clicking' shots designed to break up the pace of the film, then there's some...
  • Day 1 of animation blocking | The Life of a Student Animator - Duration: 10 seconds.

    • 1 year ago
    • 1,466 views
    Production on my animation has officially begun! These are the first three animated shots blocked out in Maya with stepped keyframes. The reason she is laughing is because she is playing with the c...
  • Here is an edited sample of some of my silly animation reference footage for my project. :D

    Animation reference footage - edited sample - Duration: 104 seconds.

    • 1 year ago
    • 1,345 views
    I shot a lot of reference footage to use when I begin animating 'The Life of a Student Animator' soon. This is a highly edited version, made to (almost) fit the timings of the previs I made, to sho...
  • Previs - The Life of a Student Animator - Duration: 97 seconds.

    • 1 year ago
    • 156 views
    After my animatic I decided to make a 3D previsualisation to get a better idea for how my animation will fit in a 3D space. It also gives me a better idea of the timing because things are actually ...
  • Final year project - rough animatic - Duration: 109 seconds.

    • 1 year ago
    • 75 views
    After writing the script, the next stage of my idea was to storyboard it and put the panels together as a timed animatic. It's very rough, with very few frames (this is why some of them last so lon...
  • Prince Un-Charming | Digital 2D Animation - Duration: 33 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 479 views
    My last assignment of year two Computer Character Animation, this animation was for my 2D module. The theme was 'escape', requiring a humanoid character/s, a situation to escape from and chase sequ...
  • Kung Fu Chicken | compositing task - Duration: 21 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 205 views
    For the second part of my second-year 3D Character Animation module I was to animate and composite a character to fit into an existing film scene. I added a couple of sounds effects too, just for s...
  • SP13 promotion | second year team project - Duration: 39 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 90 views
    For our second-year Animation Pre-production and Short Film Making module, we were commissioned by client Thirteen Strides to create a 30-second promotion for their new sports content management sy...
  • SP13 making of -- compositing - Duration: 12 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 39 views
    This is a brief breakdown of the compositing work I did for Nameless Productions' SP13 promo. I did everything in After Effects CS6 (original renders from Maya).

    Thanks to the other members of my ...
  • Realistic athletic run cycle - Duration: 3 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 242 views
    I decided after my first attempt at a run cycle that I'd redo it to make the character look less laboured and more powerful. I used one less keyframe for each step so he moves faster, so now I thin...
  • Realistic run cycle in progress - Duration: 3 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 482 views
    This is my first 3D run cycle; I'm working on it for a 30-second sporting ad-type thing for my second-year team module, Animation Pre-production and Short Film Making. I say 'in progress' in case I...
  • "Respect" lip sync (Aretha Franklin) - Duration: 25 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 541 views
    Watch in HD! :)

    This is my second ever attempt at lip sync... so I'm very proud of it! For my second-year module 3D Character Animation, I had to choose from a selection of song clips and then ani...
  • "Respect" work in progress -- blocked - Duration: 25 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 57 views
    This shows my animation process for this finished video: http://youtu.be/kausMqKHXus

    For my second-year module 3D Character Animation, I had to choose from a selection of song clips and then anima...
  • Lip sync to audio clip - Duration: 7 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 251 views
    This is the finished version of this video: http://youtu.be/iJvDLw9hOzk

    This was done for my second-year module, 3D Character Animation. I had four different audio clips to choose from (I believe ...
  • Spyro: Year of the Dragon red gem test - Duration: 9 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 414 views
    I love the original Spyro games for the PlayStation, and so with my newfound (since coming to university) knowledge of Maya I thought I'd have a go modelling them. I'll model them in order of their...
  • Confident 3D walk cycle - Duration: 5 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 679 views
    After doing a normal walk cycle I had to then do one with a specific personality that would show in the way the character walks. With video footage from the streets of Middlesbrough as (loose) refe...
  • Basic 3D walk cycle (rendered version) - Duration: 5 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 104 views
    This is the fully rendered version of my second ever attempt at a walk cycle in 3D. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. For my first one I followed my tutor's tutorial, but for this one I di...
  • Lip sync work in progress - Duration: 7 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 55 views
    I've done the opens/closes and wides/narrows for this clip for 3D Character Animation so far. It's amazing how convincing it can be with not a whole lot of work! Once the mouth is perfect I'll add ...
  • Pool Balls Can't Bounce (a 3D study in weight and character) - Duration: 14 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 435 views
    This is one of my exercises for 3D Character Animation, in which I had to animate a ball/balls that had character and purpose -- i.e. self-propelled rather than just affected by physics. I was to e...
  • Leonard Brown - original character turntable - Duration: 9 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 119 views
    Leonard Brown is a lion whose occupation in the early 1900s is as a guard at Buckingham Palace.

    This was for my second-year module Character Design and Modelling. I came up with the concept from s...
  • Basic 3D walk cycle - Duration: 5 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 110 views
    This is my second ever attempt at a walk cycle in 3D. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. For my first one I followed my tutor's tutorial, but for this one I did it without and it actually t...
  • First 3D walk cycle! - Duration: 5 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 39 views
    This is my first ever attempt at making a walk cycle in 3D, and my first time animating a character rig. As it's my first one, you can see he has some funky wiggling going on...
    Done for my second ...
  • Disco dance line test (Flash) - Duration: 4 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 134 views
    A relatively quick test I did in Flash just to try 2D animation (it's so much easier than doing it on paper!).
  • Water bottles attached to tripod - running stabilizer tests - Duration: 15 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 149 views
    I did a quick test today of stabilizing a camera on a budget -- using water bottles!
    After seeing this video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-t6TF59soK8&feature I thought I'd try it out for myself....
  • Water bottles attached to tripod - walking stabilizer tests - Duration: 50 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 332 views
    I did a quick test today of stabilizing a camera on a budget -- using water bottles!
    After seeing this video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-t6TF59soK8&feature I thought I'd try it out for myself....
  • Spooky Laboratory with the Comedy Contraption of Fear - Duration: 26 seconds.

    • 3 years ago
    • 149 views
    This is the final project for the 3D component of my first-year module "Introduction to 2D and 3D Computer Animation" on my Computer Animation course.

    The task was to create a 'spooky lab' that di...
  • Spooky Laboratory (previs) - Duration: 30 seconds.

    • 3 years ago
    • 69 views
    This is the previsualisation for the "Spooky Laboratory with the Comedy Contraption of Fear" for the 3D component of my first-year module "Introduction to 2D and 3D Computer Animation" on my Comput...
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