Mikdog's Mouth Sync Style?

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Smoof nickel
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Mikdog's Mouth Sync Style?

Post by Smoof nickel » Fri Dec 31, 2010 5:13 am

I saw Mikdog's youtube video called, "Happy Island". I really like the way that the mouth sync in the short looks like. It looks almost as if he used less mouth shapes in the switch layers.

http://www.youtube.com/user/mikdog#p/u/25/_okVLZutkl8

How do you guys think I could go about making a similar style to this?

Thanks for answering

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Re: Mikdog's Mouth Sync Style?

Post by Mozbo » Fri Dec 31, 2010 8:17 am

Smoof nickel wrote:How do you guys think I could go about making a similar style to this?
Perhaps PM Mikdog directly and ask???

I think that would be more effective than any advice the rest of us could give you.
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Post by cheyne » Mon Jan 17, 2011 9:19 am

I can give you some advice.

Check out a book called "The Animators Survival Kit" by Richard Williams. It is an awesome reference for animators of all levels - and for you to understand how Mikdogs approach uses less "mouths" in a switch layer (I am only guessing on his approach, don't quote me!), there is one particular section that explains animating speech. It blew my mind when I read it.

Example - the word "memory" - 3 syllables, you'd think you animate three mouth positions yeah? Williams explains for this example you can animate concentrating on 2. Essentially you animate phoenemes for "mem-ry". It's all about the timing after that for it to look legitimate and correct with your audio.

I won't explain anymore because I tend to confuse things - the book is awesome, check it out!
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Post by Mikdog » Mon Jan 17, 2011 6:02 pm

Just saw this.

Less mouth shapes is correct-o. I made it so they could be inbetweened but in fact I could have used no inbetweens and got a good result.

So there's like, if I remember correctly - AH, O, TH and CLOSED/M

Thassit.

And the same for sad versions of those (downturned mouths)
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