Apr 14, 2008

AnimFood

I recently made a weird little maya script ( I have a habit of doing that unfortunately ) and I'm finding it super useful so its time to share...

Like most of you out there, I like to scout around the net looking for tips tricks and general advice on animating. From time to time you find some really great stuff, and it can be very beneficial just to take your lunch break or whatever, and read these things soaking up the info.

Its got to be said however, I find it hard to remember everything!

Over the last few weeks or so at work, I've been building a little tool that will just throw me random quotes, ideas, little nuggets of info, tips tricks, checks etc right there in a little maya window. So when I'm animating, particularly on the acting shot I'm doing at home, I have this little thing open and I click it once in a while and get some pure gold advice to keep me thinking, give me new ideas, or just inspire me to think about what I'm doing in a different way.



So the stuff in there is condensed from a number of sources, from a variety of different people just to mention a few:

Frank & Ollie,
Brad Bird,
Ed Hooks,
Carlos Baena,
Bobby Beck,
Glen Keane,
Walt Stanchfield
John Lasseter,
Jason Ryan,

and a whole bunch of other people, including a few of my own. Currently there are near on 300 separate entries to keep you going!

I will be updating the entry file for this tool as often as I can, so there is a link in the GUI where you can check to see if you have all the latest entries.

32 comments:

donny said...

What a genius idea!... I can never remember those little nuggets of gold on the net that I come across.

So quite often I look back on something I would have seen only a few weeks ago and go "Oh Yeah....forgot about that", which of course makes any info absolutely useless for using on an actual production shot!

donny said...

wooo... just realized that you actually supplied the Mel file! (Must have been to early in viewing the post?!)

Thank you so much for this and all your other tips and tricks!

David Bernal said...

Awesome!!! Thanks Cameron!!

Philip Crow said...

hi, Great script, trying to get it to work, I just usually always have a hard time getting scripts to work for me with Maya, read the readme and put the files in in 8.5 and the 2008 scripts folder. I type animFood and the little dialogue box opens then when I click feed me, I get this for each version.

// Warning: file: C:/Users/Phil/Documents/maya/2008/scripts/animFood.mel line 75: fopen: unable to open file "C:/Users/Phil/Documents/maya/2008/scripts/animTips.txt" for mode "r". //
// Error: the dataBlock wasnt found. Check the block name //

do you know what's up?

Cameron Fielding said...

sorry Phil.. its not you, it was me uploading a wrong version of the script. Grab it again from Flip and it should work fine!

Marin Petrov said...

Interesting Idea :) Is it possible to RSS feed it somehow ? I mean the script can use an RSS feed from a file on a server, which you can update. Just a thought...

Cristin McKee said...

Oh nice, this is fantastic! Thanks!

Jae said...

I wish somebody will do a XSI port of this awesome plug-in.... Anybody?

Philip Crow said...

Works like a charm, thank you for this!

Cameron Fielding said...

Marin - thats a great idea! I have to be honest and say I don't know much at all about RSS and anything 'internety' ( this is why I have a blog and not a website haha ) .. where would the text live online? and how would the RSS update it?

let me know...

Saul Ruiz said...

This is very inspirational and a great idea. Thanks for sharing the script Cam.

TJ Phan said...

Thanks again for sharing with us, Cameron!

Chetan Trivedi said...

hey sounds so exciting.. shame that i still am learning the basics of anim, n havnt started playing around wit complex rigs.. i pray that there wud be some ideas that i can use on a character ball or a personality walk idea..
thanks a lot!!

Chetan Trivedi said...

hey thanks a lot for the script.. eager to use it, but since i am still learning the basics of anims using character balls, i cant use it at the moment.. hope that there are certain ideas that can be incorporated into a character ball or a personality walk..
thanks again.

Bryon Caldwell said...

Great idea! 300 quotes is a pretty 'robust' collection! Awesome!

Cameron Fielding said...

hello Chetan.
The quotes and ideas in the tool cover all aspects of animation... it doesn't matter if its a complex rig or a bouncing ball... you can apply the ideas to everything

zenner said...

Hey great work. The blog as well as the look of it rocks. Cant stop waiting for more posts ...

Keep up the good work :)

`a

Sugartastic_D_Slim said...

Gnawesome!

Chetan Trivedi said...

hey Mr. Fielding.. thanks for pointing that out.. i wrote the comment before downloadin the script..sorry
thanks a lot..

Anonymous said...

tasty animation tip script! Yummy! Thanks

@b said...

hey cameron,

very innovative script..satiates my hunger for anim knowledge while working and guess what doesn't make my working area messy also (pun intended)!

thnx !

Chetan Trivedi said...

hey, when did version 2 came out!!!!! maan..

Daniel M.C. Alvite said...

Hi, great idea,
I couldn't get it working, same problem as "philip crow". which is the latest ver.2?
thanks for sharing anyway

Nate Lane said...

awesome man! But I can't seem to get it working either. hmmm... it just says // Error: Cannot find procedure "animfood". //

I placed both of the files in the scripts folder : C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Maya2008\scripts.

hmmmm, strange. Thanks anyhow mate! It's probably me doing something stupid :D

Cameron Fielding said...

hi Nate...

thanks for the comments.

Just make sure you use the capital F... so type animFood instead of animfood

Simon Irvine said...

Hey Cameron,

Thanks allot, the script is great! I loved all your Turok stuff as well, thanks for sharing so much great information!

take care,

Simon

Daniel M.C. Alvite said...

Hy Flip,
the animFood is working nicely now, thanks again.
by the way, the turkov animation and workflow is awsome, thanks for such great information

sean said...

hello,
thanks for the wonderful script!

I dont know if it is just me..but i get this message
// Warning: file: C:/Documents and Settings/Administrator/My Documents/maya/2008/prefs/scripts/animFood.mel line 117: fopen: unable to open file "C:/Documents and Settings/Administrator/My Documents/maya/2008/scripts/animFood.txt" for mode "r". //
// Error: the dataBlock wasnt found. Check the block name //

i tried re-downloading the script but still not working...
do you know why?

Cameron Fielding said...

Hi Sean,

there is a file called "animfood.txt" included in the zipfile. You need to copy it to the location that is is looking in ( this will be unique to your computer) .. in your case it is

"C:/Documents and Settings/Administrator/My Documents/maya/2008/scripts"

copy the txt file to there and you should be fine.

Homem RobĂ´ said...

update the line:

scrollField -ed false -wordWrap true btOutput;

to

scrollField -ed true -fn boldLabelFont -wordWrap true btOutput;

way better to read, copy and paste to send to friends.. :D

Chad Fox said...

Great tool for inspiration. Who would have thought that you could creat energy, drive and creative ideas from the click of a button!

:)

I pull myself away from work to read articles and forums for just such inspiration. This way of delivering it is much more effective.

G1toons said...

again great tool, now i was wondering not sure if this is possible, but if you could have the option to pop up every hour with a random quote? i think it would be quite nice, thanks again