Students update classic animation technique
Computer Graphics students at Victoria University have created an efficient version of an animation technique used by studios such as Disney and Pixar.
3 December 2013
Byron and Richard have developed a new technique for the classic ‘squash and stretch’ convention, where the shape of a character or object is intentionally distorted to accentuate its movement.
Their alternative aims to overcome issues with current tools by automating much of the repetitive manual work, while maintaining the artists’ ability to customise.
Richard says collaborating on the paper was a great experience. “Our different backgrounds and strengths meant we could each contribute a different perspective to the project.”
Dr Rhazes Spell, lecturer of Media Design and Computer Graphics in the School of Design, says this sort of innovative work is a result of the Computer Graphics Programme’s unique beginnings.
“Students benefit from taking classes and conducting research in both schools and working with local industry. Wellington provides an ideal learning and research setting for this cutting edge programme,” he says.
Byron and Richard presented their paper, entitled A Pose Space for Squash and Stretch Deformation, at the 28th International Conference on Image and Vision Computing, and the paper will be appearing in the IEEE digital library.
Find out more about the project here: http://computergraphics.ac.nz/sqst_article.php