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May 10, 2010 | 7:58 AM EDT
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A: The assignment was to make a 15-30 second demonstration of a character animated in an environment. If anything I went beyond this because mine is over a minute and has some kind of story. It would have taken me a lot longer (and a bigger file size) to do a more fleshed out story, but that was not the requirement of the assignment. I did get an A though :D

I had barely used Maya when I first started the 3D Animation class at the University of the Arts. The first project was to take something in real life, like an action figure or what have you, and model it. I chose the Burning Gundam because I had a Master Grade model of him, but I was just gonna model the head for the hell of it. It was alright, kind of funk looking. Then I decided I would use that head on a full character, but you know, not the ENTIRE Burning Gundam, that'd take too long...But I caved in and made the entire body according to the specs in the model's manual and remade the head so it would look better. I enjoyed the results so much that I decided to use him in my final animation for the class. I needed to have a character with skin weights though, so I chose another copyrighted character: Barney!

I believe it was back in February when I first started building the Gundam, so it's been a loooong process of learning, trial and error, and experimentation. I still enjoy 2D animation but I would love to continue to learn more about 3D

Modeled, Rigged, and Animated in Autodesk Maya. Some UV mapping too (The calfs were tricky)
Textured in Photoshop
Composited in After Effects



Rated 5 / 5 stars




Rated 5 / 5 stars


...what can I say? :'D


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars


this is good stuff. i'd wish you put more datail to the background and would make the video a bit longer. like let us see barney approaching from the seas or something. come up with something more epic =)

animation is great and sound is too (altough iam not sure if the stomp sound of barney is a bit late)


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Full of potential!

I like the whole thing in itself : nice modeling combined with an epic game that was made a long time ago. Personnaly I think that this piece of work definitely has some great potential if you would like to push it a bit farther making more more stuff with it. Altough, it is true that it was short but I understand how long it may have taken you to do this video so I don't blame it that much. Anyways, i give it a 9 out of 10 as 10 means the perfection which has never been achieved but still a nicely done job on this creation by you Chakra-X.

Keep up the good work,



Chakra-X responds:

Thanks a lot!


Rated 5 / 5 stars


I loved it! I also enjoyed reading the comments below mine. You are a true gundam fan :P I had a good laugh when Barney shot the laser out of his mouth, that show babysat me as a kid. I would have loved to see Barney do more fighting, but I know how tedious animation is, plus If it was already good to go with your class at the university which, by the way, seems to be paying off if you have learned anything from them :) Respect, dude, can't wait to see what you come out with in the future.

Chakra-X responds:

Yeah I kind of wanted to Barney and Gundam exchange blows but couldn't get too crazy!