5 Hacks for Simple 3D Simulation Technique

Making a 3D simulation or animation is incredibly difficult, even for the most skilled artists. While this software has definitely evolved since its early days and is much more user friendly, making a simulation that looks real and convincing can take a lot of work. These hacks will make it much easier to produce simulations that you can be proud of without pouring in hundreds of hours cleaning up flaws and mistakes.

Concentrate on Phrases
Many people create acting shots by putting two or more characters together, having them act out their parts and then end the scene. This tends to unrealistic and removes cinematography from the simulation because the acting looks bland. It’s best to animate one phrase at a time. This allows you to concentrate on where to put the camera and what you want the character to do during each phrase.

Contact Simulation
Most simulations will have some form of fighting or contact. An amateur will want to animate everything around the point of contact because they want it to look realistic. While this makes sense, the truth is that most people won’t even see the actual contact, so the effect is a slow action scene that looks sluggish. It’s best to simulate what happens right after the contact so that viewers can concentrate on the effects. This not only speeds everything up, but makes the simulation look better and more realistic.

Facial Animation
This is very hard for newer animators because they want to make things easy by creating facial poses. While this technique does save time and will produce the effect of making your character look angry, sad or whatever emotion you’re trying to convey, it ends up looking poor and can quickly take viewers out of your simulation. That’s because real facial poses have movement.

Not only do faces have a transition from one emotion to the other, but there is movement during the final pose. For example, eyes and lips tend to quiver during extreme sadness. Just adding these small movements will make your characters more endearing to your viewers.

No Dialogue
Dialogue is important for most simulations. While there are some without it, especially if the animation is on a smaller scale, this will help anyone who is adding voices to their characters and simulations. Sometimes the best thing that you can do is turn the volume off and watch your characters move. Are they conveying the proper emotions? Does everything look good and cohesive? This turns your attention specifically to the simulation so that you can judge it without the voices in the background.

Make it Messy
It’s easy to make perfect shots of people running or doing physical activity, but the effect is also boring and monotonous. Sometimes making the scene a little messy is the best way to shake things up while also showing off your simulation skills. For example, instead of having everyone run in a straight line, have a few people fall or trip. This adds more detail to the scene while also showing that you can work with different poses.


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