Archive for October 8, 2012

October 8, 2012

Alright so I tried another animation this weekend. This time I used the dynamics built into modo. What does that mean? Well so I animated Turbo turning and putting his arms up but the rest of it was built by the computer using real physics. As you can see in the picture below I placed the balls in the air above a ramp that bounced them into Turbo. Once that is set up and turned on you run the simulation and you have a nice dynamic randomized set of actions. Without having to animate by hand each ball individually.Really amazing.
I need to figure out how to get a bit better render quality because things should be sharper. I need to start putting things together in After Effects. Cough cough help!




October 3, 2012

Two post in one week!!! Intense.
I thought I’d share my first attempt at animation. Needless to say it’s complicated. I’m using 3 different 3D technologies to make this possible. Turbo is built in Solidworks as you may know. The animation is done in Modo. I use Modo because it imports the Solidworks better than other programs. Then to render the animation I’m using a program called Maxwell which plugs into Modo. Although it causes modo to crash a lot. I was able to steal some time this weekend to figure out how to get all these things to work together and I hope to have some more soon!
One thing I noticed I’m kinda sad about is that when Turbo jumps the floor seems to move with him. (fart sound)



October 2, 2012

So we walked down to the new Barclays Center the other day. The Barclays Center is the new home if the Brooklyn Nets (basketball). It’s located on Atlantic Ave. and Flatbush. With our proximity to the area we been aware of the goings on for the last year and a half roughly. The facade is a kind of rusted skeleton that wraps around the entire structure. This is a the most popular complaint from folks in the area.The issue there is the negative feelings people have toward rust. If you look at it as a texture and a color it does an impressive job a trying to fit in with its surrounding. If it was all shinny and chrome it would look like a spaceship landed on some brown stones.

After going and seeing the completed structure I think it’s something Brooklyn can be proud of. If for no other reason that its some of the most interesting modern architecture the city has seen in a long time. NYC suffers from some of the worst, most boring modern architecture in the world. There are only a hand full of building from the last 50 years that aren’t embarrassing on a global stage and this new Barclays Center is one of them.

We didn’t get a chance to go inside but the entrance creates such a dynamic overwhelming space I didn’t care what the inside looked like. One complaint is the subway entrance in front of the stadium. It looks and feels like a bit of an after thought. It’s too bad it doesn’t have a little more life in it. That aside I highly recommend jumping on a train to the Atlantic terminal checking this thing out for yourself.



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