I want to explain something here. These two .gifs are the first flash animations that I had ever made. I did these during my first semester in college in a computer animation class back in 2010. I had no idea what Flash even was.
Now let me just ask you something: Which one looks like it took the most time?
Our assignment was to experiment with Flash on our own, get used to the tools and settings and that sort of thing. I decided to go frame by frame and observed a gif taken from Treasure Planet. The result was that first gif you see up there.
I turned that first gif in to class the next day…and got a failing grade.
“This is not the proper way to use Flash” my teacher said. “Too complicated. This is not what people want to see. No use of tweens. Zero points.”
I was heartbroken to get a zero on my first assignment, so my teacher decided to give me a second chance. “Animate a running stick figure with tweens” the teacher said. So I did. I turned in that 2nd gif you see, and got an A.
To this day I am appalled by the way I was treated. To all of you animators out there, I recommend learning on your own. It could save you time and money. If you still choose to go to college, then that is fine too. You do what you want, just don’t let ANYONE try to downgrade your creative capability.
are you seriously mad because your teacher didn’t give you an A for tracing lmao
OK, as an animation major, just looking at these two. I can see why he might fail the OP out on the first, but give them an A on the second (which, to be honest, I don’t think it merited an A).
The first GIF, while technically and visually way more interesting, runs very, very fast. I highly doubt the actual gesture from Treasure Planet was that fast, and the GIF looks like it’s missing a few in-between frames (tweens) that would’ve vastly helped its timing. The character moves much too quickly, and all the transitions from one expression to the next are very abrupt, and too easily lost on the viewer. Like the OP took every single key frame, but skipped any of the extra ones needed to make the animation flow more smoothly from expression to expression. That’s the in-between/tweening frames. I don’t think the prof failed them just for the tracing. I think they failed them for failing to grasp the point of the exercise.
I could care less about the tracing part if it was credited properly and observed from frame by frame rather than straight-traced off the animation. If you observed it and used it as a reference, and gave credit where due, that’s probably fine. If the prof asked up front for all-original work, and the OP lied about that part, then yeah, that’s definitely cause to fail them - not just on the point of missing the exercise itself.
My problem? I don’t see why the second one got an A, at all. A B, maybe. But I’d have suggested putting a bit more emphasis into a more involved walk cycle, and really showing that the OP grasped the point of how transitional/in-between frames work. Because tweening is pretty key in a walk cycle, as well as for timing.
So yeah, I’m gonna go with suchre here. The OP has no reason whatsoever to be butt-hurt, and every reason to get off their ass and make more effort if they want to get anywhere in animation.