Thursday, October 09, 2008

APT Student Animation: Sunny Kharbanda

Sunny Kharbanda first took his first APT session this summer. He wanted to improve pushing his poses, add some texture to his phrasing, make better acting choices as well as tighten up his polishing skills. Here is one of the better pieces that he made before the APT...



I like the boldness and willingness to take chances with such a challenging clip. But there's a few things here and there that could use some help. The poses are awkward at places, alot of the poses are the same intensity so the texture is lacking and the arcs, eases and overlap need more polish. It's not terrible, but it has areas that could use improvement.

After 4 weeks in the APT this is what Sunny was able to produce...



The polish is much stronger, the acting is interesting (and funny), the phrasing and texture are more defined and his poses feel more comfortable while at the same time being stronger and more graphically appealing. Overall it's a solid improvement.

Sunny is currently wrapping up work on his second APT session. Wait until you see what he's done in this latest class- it's really, really good. I can't wait to show it to everybody when it's done.

11 comments:

jais bredsted said...

Wow. Thats an amazing piece. And it gets better?
Can't wait to see more.

Nate said...

I laughed, good job :D

Randy said...

Great stuff, Sunny! Great improvement! The "after" piece is really fun, and like Keith said, the texture is really nice.

Thanks for posting, Keith, I enjoy seeing this stuff.
~R

Yeray Diaz said...

Wow, congratulations on that Sunny! Amazing job on the piece. I'm loving the facial expressions and the last pose is brilliant. Keep it up! :)

CM said...

Wow!! Great one.

BTW, Festive Greetings to all out there who celebrate Dashain, Dasera, esp Hindus. nJoY!

Mike L said...

Very nice! I applaud the student as well as the teacher. I'm in orientation/springboard for Animation Mentor and am fairly certain I'll have to come to the e-shop here for some help.

Because I'm extremely curious... in a case like Sunny's, is the help/tutoring more geared towards the planning phase or the actual animation or a mix of the two? I would think the things that were mentioned for improvement would primarily be worked out during pencil test/leica reel.

Keith Lango said...

Hey Mike,
Thanks for the kind word. I did help Sunny focus on better planning. There were some basic principles that we discussed, as well as a review of the thumbnails, etc. Most of the feedback regarding performance was finalized during blocking- a great an inexpensive place to offer those suggestions. In general once he worked out the performance the focus shifted toward developing his eye for details in the technical aspects of polish and excellence.
His second APT session performance piece followed a similar path. That piece (which he is currently finishing up) is very strong- easily as good as anything seen on the big screen.

Breadwig said...

I love seeing these student samples, really cool stuff your students are doing. Very impressive and fun!

Jules said...

Holy improved-animaition, Batman! Thats awesome!

Graham Ross said...

Nice stuff. The solidness of the face is always hard to achieve. Nice!

Bill Robinson said...

Hey! I went to school with Sunny! And yes, we learned none of those things in our CG classes...Great job Sunny! :D