09.10.15 – Bouncing Ball

PROJECT OUTLINE
Create a short animation of a ball bouncing

STEP 1
I followed a specific tutorial on YouTube which required me to install the Ultimate Ball Rig which provides you with a pre-made spherical ball with different handles which control different aspects of the ball such as the axis of the ball of the stretch/squash values.


STEP 2
We first started off by animating the ball bouncing and key framing it at different heights, making sure that each time it loses momentum like any normal ball would.

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STEP 3
We then moved on to stretching/squashing the ball to make it look more realistic. We also went into the Graph Editor and changed the curves to make them softer and more consistant, imitating the way a ball would naturally bounce.

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STEP 4
The final step was to animate it moving from left to right and bouncing off a wall and coming to a halt. Once again, we went into the Graph Editor and changed the first curve into a linear line and the slightly altered the second one so that it is more gradual and consistent in order to imitate the way a ball would bounce of a wall and gradually come to a stand still.

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STEP 5
I then added three planes: the floor and the walls. I decided to texture the planes as well as the ball to make it look like someone is playing basketball in an alley. I also added in a sound effect of the ball bouncing (which doesn’t really work but left it there anyway!)

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