I worked with Princess Pictures to Rig and Animate a 3D Character for Smiling Friends
Premise:Smiling Friends is Adult Swim’s newest animated series. In this zany world, a small charity called The Smiling Friends is dedicated to making people smile, by any means necessary. The first season has received both critical acclaim, and broken records for the most-watched pilot in Adult Swim’s history.
Work:While primarily 2D Animated, certain sequences in Smiling Friends do feature 3D Animated Characters. The most complex of these took place in the Season 1 finale, with the character of Satan. I was hired to rig and weight Satan’s model in Maya, animate a large part of his appearance in the episode, and construct a lossless bridge between Maya and Blender.
Challenges:The television industry is infamous for its tight production schedule, and this show certainly lived up to that. My timetable for rigging and animating my portion of Satan was 3 days. Pulling it off that quickly requires a finely honed rigging and animation pipeline. In addition, a fast and agile link between Maya and Blender had to be constructed, in order to send the finished animated Maya files over to Blender to be rendered for the show.