While attending school at Westwood College of Technology, I was very adept at animation and multimedia. I was hired to help teach these classes after I had taken them. The 3-D animation class was the one I favored, and I ended up teaching that one several times while I was taking other classes. This project was a result. I needed something to work on and test my skills as an animator. So I chose to do an animation about one of my favorite bands, Primus. Primus has a “mascot” named Skeeter which they use in some of their work. It is a little clay-mation mosquito that appears in some of their videos. I decided to model a group of “Skeeters” and animate them playing one of my favorite songs by Primus, “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver”.
This ended up taking me an entire semester, but the end product turned out really well. It is about two minutes long and the animation shows three “Skeeters” playing their respective instruments. It is all key framed animation and most of the textures within the animation are custom created in Photoshop. Initially I was not going to lip sync their mouths but after I got the basic movements down I thought it would be a fun challenge to do so. With this decision I ended up creating a fairly complicated skeleton for their heads so I could make all parts of their heads move with the beat. It was a really fun project and I think it turned out great. I even went to the extent of creating an alternate ending to the video where a giant fly swatter came smashing down and squashed the band.
The actual high res video itself was created on Macs years ago. I will post it on here as soon as I can convert and compress it. For now I will post up the low res test avi I have.