I attended a great talk on villains by Ted Ty at CTN and it made me think of this clip from Braveheart. I love how Longshanks is very precise with his movements. He’s hardly moving at all and he doesn’t have to, he’s in charge and doesn’t need to prove it. Notice how he never blinks once in this entire clip, which adds an eerie intensity to him. The bit at the end is also great. One of his second in commands compliments his idea and even then he puts them him in their place by questioning the compliment….not allowing anyone to get the upper hand on him.
I wanted to show this clip from The Rover and talk a little bit about free rigs. There’s a lot of free animation rigs out there and we see them over and over in animation tests. Often moving & acting in very similar ways. But check this clip out, it features an almost unrecognizable Robert Pattinson. It’s not really a physical transformation, like some actors undergo, its more of an acting transformation. It’s in complete contrast to how we’ve normally seen him in other movies. (cough cough Twilight) His mannerisms, movements, pacing, delivery. Think about this when you’re animating on a free rig. How can you make it new, unique, something we haven’t seen before.
Here’s a process video of a body mechanic shot I did. The rig is from the Body Mechanic Mega Pack created by Joe Daniels – its a great deal, 12 rigs for $40. You can check it out HERE