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This Stop Motion Short Made with Pumpkins is Amazing

Sean Ohlenkamp and Rob Popkin created this incredible Halloween-themed stop motion animation using dozens and dozes of pumpkins. With music by Grayson Matthews, many of the sounds were smashed, tapped, kicked, clapped or scooped out of actual pumpkins and carving tools. Ohlenkamp adds: Many pumpkins were photographed twice. First as a nicely lit, carving-free plate. Then again after carving our designs and removing the top or back so we could insert a light. The two were then composited together to remove the lighting equipment. We re-used pumpkins where we could…

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This neural network could make animations in games a little less awkward

The graphical fidelity of games these days is truly astounding, but one thing their creators struggle to portray is the variety and fluidity of human motion. An To avoid this, the researchers add a phase function to the neural network that essentially prevents it from wrongly mixing different animation types for instance, taking a step in the middle of a jump. Since our method is data-driven, the character doesnt simply play back a jump animation, it adjusts its movements continuously based on the height of the obstacle, the researchers say…

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