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:
- Can work well with the animation tools provided in either Maya, Blender or 3DS Max.
- Knows how to rig using either bones or bipeds.
- Has a decent understanding of IK chains and morph targets (optional).
- Can improve/edit models to fit rigging needs if necessary.
- Can complete at least one assigned Pokemon within a month.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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.