Sunday, 26 February 2012

Post-tutorial wall bounce amendments

Following Jon's (very helpful) critique on Friday I amended my first wall jump exercise!

We both agreed that my ball hit the peak of its stretch on the drop a little too early, and he also pointed out that my ball remained in the squashed position once it began the jump, which looked a bit weird — it needed to stretch as soon as it left the ground. There was a similar issue with the landing — the ball squashed before it even hit the ground.

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My first amendment was better, but the ball was still stretched on the drop a little too early, and Jon commented that he felt the drop itself was perhaps a bit slow. I do think that the speed of the jump and fall is a little too uniform, so on my next amendment I made an attempt to speed it up slightly by reducing the number of frames between the highest and lowest points and slightly altering the fcurve.

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The faster speed seems better to me, but I think the stretch is still too early! It also seems to me like the ball comes down a little too quickly — I may try increasing the ball's delay at the peak of its jump, or just slow down the beginning of the drop a little.

I also went back and tried to correct the same squashing/stretching issues in my other bounce, the one with multiple jumps:

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Something still seems at odds to me about this one, but I'm not quite sure what it is exactly. I think that maybe the ball hangs in the air a little too long on the first (and smallest) bounce, or maybe that it doesn't hold its initial downwards/preparatory squash long enough. The ball's squashes on each impact with the ground are also quite quick/sudden, so maybe I need to look at holding the squashes on-screen for just a little bit longer?

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