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Report article RSS Feed We're Seeking Animators! - Updated!

Hey PokeFans! For those looking to help out on the animation front, look no further!

Posted by Xatoku on Dec 12th, 2013

Yo! So as we're getting back in the swing of things, I've noticed what tends to gobble up a lot of the team's time - animating. We're looking to primarily cover the Kanto region here, so that's 151 Pokemon to have fully animated and put in-game. The putting in-game part I can do, but the animations on the other hand... well, we'd like some help.

I've gotten loads of requests for positions on this front, so I know a handful of you are interested, and that's perfectly fine! We're essentially looking for some folks who can take a single Pokemon, rig it, and animate it. Should you be chosen, either Skatter, Zielan, or myself will send you a list containing ALL animations required for said Pokemon, along with descriptions for the majority explaining what we expect to see. You'd be looking at about 1000 frames worth of animation, spreading across roughly 60-80 individual animations.

After some discussion with the team, it looks like there will be an average of 60 animations per Pokemon. Note that these are ALL animations that each Pokemon will use, so once it's done, it's done. This includes every move available to them, not just four. I'm pointing this out because I want everyone to be clear on the amount of work it'll require.

Now we're only looking for people seriously interested in helping out by doing the following:

  1. Can work well with the animation tools provided in either Maya, Blender or 3DS Max.
  2. Knows how to rig using either bones or bipeds.
  3. Has a decent understanding of IK chains and morph targets (optional).
  4. Can improve/edit models to fit rigging needs if necessary.
  5. Can complete at least one assigned Pokemon within a month.
  6. Can accept and apply constructive criticism from either the forums or IRC, or both.

Nothing too major here, but we'd truly only like those who can commit to a specific Pokemon and deliver with the same quality matched by the ones currently in games. To be sure of this, we're asking that anybody who's interested email pokegentokes@gmail.com with an example of their capabilities. be it a simple clip of animation or a full-fledged demo reel.

If you're accepted, you will be emailed back inquiring as to which Pokemon you'd like to animate, what we have available, how fast you can do it, and the animations required. Apologies for the formalities, but I just want to be clear that we're taking this semi-seriously, so only email if you are certain you can meet the demands of the project.We'll do our best to answer any questions you may have either on Mod DB or the forums (wherever you're reading this). Hopefully with your guys' help, we can make the best Pokemon fan-game to date! Happy animating!

UPDATE:
Glad to see so many responses so far! We've started responding to the folks that reached out, so expect an email soon if we're interested in your skills!

One thing I ask from future applicants is that you submit your examples of animation as a YouTube video. Unfortunately, we won't be responding to you unless you have an example of work that meets the standards we're looking for. Lucky for you, that's not too high a bar to reach at all!

Anyhow, thank you to all that are helping out. It's a daunting task, but we'll get there eventually!

PS: If you're looking to send your example a little more personally, feel free to hop onto the PokeGen IRC and we'll take a look.

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shadowflar3
shadowflar3 Dec 16 2013, 5:42am says: Online

*woops*

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tomersuper
tomersuper Dec 12 2013, 9:20pm buried:

(buried)

First

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blackdragonstory
blackdragonstory Dec 13 2013, 1:56am says:

Does this mean you are back,or just plans for future?

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Xatoku
Xatoku Dec 13 2013, 8:32am replied:

To a certain extent, both.

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Aqualance
Aqualance Dec 14 2013, 12:35pm replied:

He is almost back with plans for the future :D
Great news!

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TrocksPlay
TrocksPlay Jan 14 2014, 9:08am replied:

PLS NEVER GIVE UP FOR THIS PROJECT PLS!

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Domitjen
Domitjen Dec 13 2013, 6:25am says:

Glad to hear things are getting back in the swing! I hope alot of people will be able to help out! and I'm sure they will :)

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sweetbeast
sweetbeast Dec 13 2013, 7:48am says:

sorry i cant help... but its awesome that youre asking ;D

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Zielan
Zielan Dec 20 2013, 4:12am replied:

Support and encouragement is a good way to help too!
Keep it up.

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jonatanmartinez
jonatanmartinez Dec 13 2013, 7:24pm says:

OK

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Pharagond
Pharagond Dec 14 2013, 6:57pm says:

It would be cool if in the next update, or when possible, we could control the Pokémon freely without having to go into battle, making Pidgey flying moose or swim freely with squirtle. It would be like doing a search for the scenario with Pokémon, and then return to the control of the coach.

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Zielan
Zielan Dec 20 2013, 4:06am replied:

That is not what the game is aiming for.
There might be sections of explorations like that in the future, but those will only happen in specified areas.

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ashbash231
ashbash231 Dec 23 2013, 1:47pm replied:

Perhaps some sort of poképark or something?

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Pyrithe
Pyrithe Dec 30 2013, 10:29pm replied:

Why not? I mean, the game is supposedly based on the anime, right? There are times in the show that Ash has his Pokemon perform tasks for him, like having his flying types do a quick search of an area or something similar, I don't see how this is something the game is not "aiming for". It doesn't seem like something too difficult to even code in, technically all the parts for it are there, you just need to make a command key that swaps you're control from you to your Pokemon. Later on, this could even be used to find hidden items or easter eggs, like using something small such as Weedle or Rattata to go through a log into some back area.

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Zielan
Zielan Jan 2 2014, 3:57pm replied:

If it's not the vision of the person that's making the game, then it's not what the game is aiming for, as simple as that.
You may not like it, or accept it but that's still how things are going to be.

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TheNovaAaron
TheNovaAaron Jan 6 2014, 3:46am replied:

I think its great that you arent doing that because isnt the goal in the anime to catch them all? which you and the team are going to be adding other pokemon later on cant wait for the finished product.


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gamesharker
gamesharker Dec 15 2013, 12:48am buried:

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I'd love to be a part of the team. But I have school to attend. And I'm only 14 years old. And I don't know how to do any of the required tasks. But I'd love to be part of team.

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nesamons
nesamons Dec 15 2013, 10:48am says:

I've animated with my friend before, and we are getting into 3D animation as well, we would love to help! With every upside there is a downside though, were teens. but what a lot of gaming companies don't understand, is that sometimes the people that they aim they're products on can give them amazing ideas! For example, you have made it so Pokèmon can smash others into boulders and even break them in battle mode, my idea is that you can make it so the Pokèmon can do attacks on them any time at all, sometimes reveling items and secret passages, I hope that you would love my help, and again we are teens so we expect no pay whatsoever! Free labor! Or of course we could just give you cool ideas.

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Officer_Nipples
Officer_Nipples Dec 15 2013, 2:10pm replied:

That's actually a very cool idea. I would love to see them put Kanto on a new level. I always found Kanto kinda boring compared to other regions, but Xatoku could hopefully bring it about in a cool new way.

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Officer_Nipples
Officer_Nipples Dec 15 2013, 7:01pm replied:

Another thing I would like to see is actual quests. Pokemon has never really done this other than like "go catch this pokemon by the end of the day" but I'd like some real crazy quests going on and achievements. That would be dope, so Xatoku, if you see this, please take these ideas for consideration when making the game

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MisterSmiley
MisterSmiley Feb 25 2014, 7:30pm replied:

good luck guys, I've keeping an eye on this since V.1; I wish i could help and be a bigger part of this project with game development but I have other responsibilities too attend to. although if the team needs some ARTWORK done, I'd be glad to offer my skills for that. if the team is interested, please don;t hesitate to contact me with any questions.

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TRL
TRL Dec 15 2013, 6:10pm says:

Nice initiative. Good luck!

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ACMEAnimator
ACMEAnimator Dec 17 2013, 6:55pm says:

Errr I really wanna do this but I'm not good enough >.<

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Ministud23
Ministud23 Dec 17 2013, 10:21pm says:

If your looking for help, brandoneck_23@yahoo.com is my email. I really want to see this project follow through!

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Officer_Nipples
Officer_Nipples Dec 18 2013, 8:04am replied:

Dude you contact him, not the other way.

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Zielan
Zielan Dec 20 2013, 4:07am replied:

That is correct, you can't expect Xatoku to contact each individual on a personal basis.
It's way less tedious for him to read through emails sent to him than to send requests to possible contributors.

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phi1997
phi1997 Dec 18 2013, 9:14am says:

Finally! I'm so glad that it looks like there will be more updates!

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Zielan
Zielan Dec 20 2013, 4:09am replied:

You'd have to elaborate the question by showing what the original art style you are talking about.

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achilledelta
achilledelta Dec 19 2013, 2:46pm says:

when is the new update,when did we will be able to play in multiplayer and when pokemon will evolued

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Officer_Nipples
Officer_Nipples Dec 19 2013, 5:36pm replied:

You've been able to play multiplayer

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Zielan
Zielan Dec 20 2013, 4:04am replied:

If you have the motivation, downloading Blender should be the least of your worries.

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Nuppeppo
Nuppeppo Dec 23 2013, 5:04am says:

I feel bad that I don't know how to animate/model now :c

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ACMEAnimator
ACMEAnimator Dec 23 2013, 9:48am replied:

Don't feel bad when you can still support the game and encourage the team. Plus, he has tutorials up! Yayy!!!

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Nuppeppo
Nuppeppo Dec 26 2013, 7:13am replied:

Oops, forgot to sign in haha

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