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I FINISHED IT. AND OMG I AM PROUD. It’s not perfect but come one it’s awesome anyway….

 Let us evaluate a little

Music – because I have the abillity to play the piano I recorded the music myself. I think this was the best solution in order to get it how its needed and so every piece of music didn’t have a different piano sound. I have added some echo to it and reverb to make it sound like it’s in the theatre. Also the other sound I got from http://www.freesound.org

I think that I did a good job with sound and can’t say bad thing about them.

Animation – I really tried make the movement of arms as different as possible. What I found out that in the future I have to think more about how I set up the atributes to control the limbs because really a lot depends on it. What is strange I found it much harder to animate robot arm, I just couldn’t make it more mechanic and precise…. With zombie was much easier but it wouldn’t hurt if it had more lets say random clumsy movement. I have to plan more and better in the future.

Expressing emotions – I tried to use all I could think of to get some emotions from them, but in the end it seems like I’ve ruined everything with the camera….

Camera – it seemed fine on the storyboard, and then it was a one big mess… I was very confused If I deleted some camera angles I had a feeling that the video is boring and If I added more it seemed chaotic…. I’m not sure but I think it’s matter of having a few days breake between animating and fitting the camera. I’ll try it out next time.

Build and textures – I love my arms… All the textures and faces… The look exactly how I wanted and I think they play their role well.

Background – Creating a theatre was one of the best ideas I had. It is so simple. just thre polygons and three textures but It looks so good

Wishes – I wish I added some rubish on the actuall scene to show better that the world is abandoned. I wish the lightning was better but it seemed like it refused to co-operate with me…. I wish I sould make arms move better and that I really chilled out with that camera…

I have to stil work on my organisation…

BUT ITS DONE. It looks kinda cool I think.

Oh oh and I asked for some feedback on “How To Become a Professional Animator” page on facebook and I got one coment but still better than nothing. Here it is.

“You nailed the dramatic buildup with getting ever faster until the climax and then resolve into silence.
There are some things i’d like to point out though.
First: If possible avoid complex camera movements. Just cut if you don’t have a specific reason for moving the camera.
Second: be wary of your colors and contrast in your render. sometimes the dark hand of the zombie has almost no contrast to the black of the piano
Third and more animation specific: I’ll just be bold and say that there are 2 human hands disguised as robot and zombie. They are not very distinct in their movement. For example the zombie could be very loose in its movement, while the robot would be very precise.

That said, I can see how this was a lot of work, and i encourage you to continue studying ;)”

Also I got the answer about my lightning problem which is

“about the lighting problems: My guess is that your textures and materials are too bright or dark to begin with. So on your next project keep the values away from super white/black.
If you really want something to be black, that would be done in postproduction”

but I dont really know how to do that sooo Andy prepare to show me how to do it haha


Maya rendered the whole film in one night, and that’s a big WOW

The film is quite long but it has life in it

I really started understanding the program

Maya didn’t crashed even once on me (that’s a miracle)

I missed the deadline by a few hours…..

I survived the year.


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Animating is much more difficult than I expected…. Im not sure now if it was a good idea to choose playing piano… I mean it looks alright but not how I imagined…

I rendered the first scene just to see how will it look like

I think Ill have to ad more lights cause in some moments zombie arm is nearly

black….bloody lights…

Ohe yeah I forgot to post last time. When I was trying to make a texture for the stool I accidentaly made something that looks like snow…


And some nice stills





camera mistake

RENDER ERROR – this error makes no sense to me. When I set it up again for render everything was fine….

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I have recorded sounds! The are not perfect but stil awesome!

I have recorded all the pieces from the list because I will be able to decide which ones to chose after puting them together.

So after a bit of playing with them I decided to choose:

Both Hands

Moonlight Sonata – L.V.Beethoven

Left Hand

Toccata et fugue – J.S.Bach

In The Hall Of The Mountain King – E.Grieg

Right Hand

The Blue Danube – Johann Strauss

Hungarian Rhapsody – F.Liszt

Rondo Alla Turca – W.A.Mozart

Animating to the sound turned out not to be as terrible as I imagined but its still alot of hastle

The look of arms


Bez tytułuhand



Im sooo pleased with texturing. Now Im just praying it take forever to render…

Programing nurbs to move pieces of the body was a bit tricky but it is sooo useful



Unvrapping this uv map took me like FOREVER. But it was worth it. I had some troubles i mudbox with overlaping faces and random vertecies but I managed to fix it pretty quickly. Painting the arm in mudbox was really easy and I’m glad I found out that you can do this.



Making the zombie arm move was amazing. All tose aiming and orienting nurbs on other nurbs, its still like black magic to me but I hope I will understand what is going on in the end….



I AM SO PROUD OF IT. ITS PERFECT! Well nearly… I wish it had actualy build inside but oh well…

The stage


The stage looks awesome. I minimaly moved the top of the pipe back which made the texture of the seats look like real. AWESOME AWESOME



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Arm conctruction research


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The idea is to put the top texture on the inside wall of the pipe polygon and the bottom on the flat wall in the back of the scene.



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I’ll try to make the grand piano to look exactly like this one because I relay like this look.



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The Idea

Zombie and robot arm are playin one the piano. They start playing together Moonlight Sonata but zombie gets bored, stopps playing his part and instead plays something more ‘live’ then robot getts annoyed and plays something even more depressing. So  they interrupt each other and end up playing both in the same time two different things louder and faster until the piano lid closes on them.

I stil haven’t decided on the right music pieces but I have a list


I am also planning to record the music myself which is going to be right exciting thus I didn’t play on the piano for  a looong time and it’s not simmilar to riding a bike….



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Warm Bodies (2013)

Film about zombie who feels. This is what I need not just some dumb brainless piece of meat.  The way he moves is stil zombie like but he can also be gentle.

The Walking Dead – TV series (2010- …)

They are rotten a bit ripped and in all the colours you can dream of.

The Walking Dead – comic book (2003- …)

Those arms look exactly how I imagine mine – very thin and tense. I would just add a few ripps and change the skin colour


Funny human movement

I imagine that my zombie arm once belonged to one of those pianists and still has it in it. So I’d like its movement to be overexagerated.


Robot are very stiff and mechanic. But I’d like my robot arm to be more human like. A little bit like Mr. Handy from Fallout

I think I’ll also go in to this type of texturing


Chappie (2015)

OMG CHAPPIE IS LIKE THE CUTEST ROBOT EVER. I think I even like him more than Wall-E

His hands are very human like. Too human for me. but we are getting closer.

The Iron Giant (2009)

His hands are nearly perfect! Not to human not to robot but able to play piano and have any sort of expression in them.


Another example of robotic playing but by a human…. I don’t know if people who didn’t learn how to play will be able to notice this horror. But I sure can…



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Shaun of the Dead (2004) directed by Edgar Wright

This film is not a typical zombie horror movie. Actually the only horror thing about it, is the theme. It belongs to this new wave of funny zombie features. Even thought its is not conventional story for the zombie idea the story itself is very typical. A looser and his friend (also a looser) have a looser life and are trying hard to make it better. There is the metamorphosis and hero moment, someone important dies but in the end everything turns out to be perfect. Moments in between filled with zombies.

The vision of zombie

Typical freshly turned zombies. No rotting skin, bodies don’t fall apart, no bowels dragging. They are a bit whiter than normal people, their irises are white, most of them with blood all over their mouths and hands. They are dumb, slow and react to fast movement and loud noises.

I don’t find this type good for this project thus you wouldn’t be really able to see that the arm belongs to a zombie. Except that it would be alive…

The Goon

This comic book based animated feature still wasn’t release. The Blur Studio and Dark Horse Entertainment said on the kickstarter that it’s because you won’t find in it dancing animals so craved by hollywood.

The comic book written by Eric Powell was released in 1995 and its still going.

Plot. Funny but violent story about two guys fighting zombies, ghosts, mutants, and other supernatural freaks. Can’t really say more thus I didn’t read the comic, but I definitely will over the summer.

The vision of zombie

This zombie is definitely very long gone. So much green it makes me think of…

Again body doesn’t fall apart but it also seems like it’s much stronger than humans, and flexible. BUT IT’S NOT BULLET PROOF. Again seems to be very dumb and slow. It’s skin is really tightly wrapped around the bones and muscles. At this point I’m not sure if this is actually a zombie, I would call it a ghoul.

Even thought in this reference zombie actually looks like zombie it’s still not really what I’m looking for. I think that If you take his arm just on it’s own it looks more like a alien arm or something like this.

Zombies vs. Robots (2008) – comic book written by C. Ryall, drawn by Ashley Wood

Story about serious apocalypse. Not only you have invasion of zombies that came to earth from another dimension, in the same time some crazy scientist decided to revive his army of robots  and in the meantime the nuclear catastrophe happened. Wow just wow. I love the way it was drawn, very expressive, messy, leaves a lot of space for the imagination.

The vision of zombie

Because the way in which the comic is drawn I cant really tell much about them.They seem very sharp, quick and brutal. Their skin colours vary from yellow to greyish-greanish shade. Their eyes are completely white. Most of them is covered with blood.

The vision of robots

All the robots are constructed in a similar way. Mainly the corpus is in a bullet like shape, tiny holes for the eyes, short legs, with flat square feet and very heavy duty looking arms with human like hands. They are quick, small, violent and relentless.

In this reference I really like robots arms and hands, they arms are a bit to big for me but hands are exactly how I would like to look like. Also zombies are looking more believable they are dirty, rotten, not that slow and maybe not that stupid either.


I still feel like I need to do more research for both hands. But I’m getting there.




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It’s time to go back to my love – MAYA. Time to go back to all lovely errors and crashes. But I guess this is the only way to get to the top and that’s where I’m going.

I can’t wait to make and actuall movable object! I’m sure that halfway through the procces I will be tempted to throw the pc through the window but..

the vision of the finished project is so GREAT!




My plans for this project.


I’m also planning to write a blogpost at the end of every week and make some samples of how the work is going.






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