Yet another stylish, fun animated video recently completed for Teradata’s Aster department — a fun and hip primer on Machine Learning. The client shaped our initial “robot dog” concept into something more ball-shaped, which evolved into the hovering character featured here. We imbued it with personality and the ability to smile, frown, or scowl with a few simple lines and a camera lens for an eye.
By the way, I was able to show my twelve-year-old daughters that I “use math everyday” by showing them the way I controlled the orange robot sphere. All of its basic animation is controlled with only two points: one for the body’s position, and one for the direction it is traveling. All of the lens elements scale and stretch according to basic math functions inside After Effects (expressions); the body lines are similarly controlled, involving some complexity since the stroke involved changes as the line itself scales. (Hooray for math!)
Anyway, I enjoyed this one. The character animation was a lot of fun. Especially blowing people up. And the whole ninja / whisperer thing at the end.