Melissa K Fontanini aka MissyKat

is a Digital Artist with degrees from OSU and USC. She's currently working as a freelance 3D Generalist - Artist, Animator, Instructor - as well as focusing on her own tangible art

http://melissafontanini.tumblr.com/

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Motion Capture Work

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Clips from my MFA thesis Cat Nap.


While at USC, I took Special Sessions: Motion Capture where I learned how to calibrate an IQ system, calibrate actors, run IQ, clean up the motion capture data and apply the animation to digital characters in MotionBuilder. I created and rigged my own characters, a boy and a cat, applied the motion capture data, motion blended scenes together, and counter-animated in MotionBuilder before taking the scenes into Maya to tweak the animation some more, then add facial, finger, and prop animation.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Cat Nap - Mocap Thesis Animation

A version with sound:


A version with some color:


Cat Nap is my MFA thesis animation work in progress. The body animation is motion capture data I captured with an IQ system, cleaned, retargeted in MotionBuilder onto my digital characters, counter-animated, and brought into Maya for facial, hand, and prop animation as well as any additional animation cleanup.

This is a solo project where I created the story, and modeled, rigged, textured all the assets.  Though I did use a friend to put on the motion capture suit and play the boy and the cat.





Monkey See - Stop Motion

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This was a Stop Motion film I shot on 16mm film, in 4 days, over Spring Break 2006. I modeled each puppet and prop, sewed the clothes, animated the scenes and edited the film together. There was no digital involvement aside from the transfer to a .mov file.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

3D Modeling Work

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Shot 1:
Rooftop - Maya 8.5 - This is a rooftop I modeled from images given to me to be used in a music video created by Aaron Biscombe

Shot 2:
Cat Nap - Maya 2008 - Boy character modeled with polygons for my MFA thesis film Cat Nap

Shot 3:
Cat Nap - Maya 2008 - Cat character modeled with polygons for my MFA thesis film Cat Nap

Shot 4:
Cat Nap - Maya 2008 - Environment model with polygons for MFA thesis film Cat Nap

Shot 5:
Opal Flower - Maya 8.5 - This is a flower modeled and UV'd from a drawing by Nahomi Maki for her animated short Swimming Moon

Shot 6:
Pansy Flower - Maya 8.5 - This is a flower modeled and UV'd from a drawing by Nahomi Maki for her animated short Swimming Moon

Shot 7:
Bat Flower - Maya 8.5 - This is a flower modeled, UV'd, and rigged from a photograph for an MFA thesis animation by Brittany Biggs

Shot 8:
Squeaked - Maya 8.5 - Bulldog modeled and rigged for 3D animated short Squeaked

Shot 9:
Squeaked - Maya 8.5 - Hamburger chewtoy modeled and rigged for 3D animated short Squeaked

Shot 10:
Squeaked - Maya 8.5 - Hotdog chewtoy modeled and rigged for 3D animated short Squeaked

Shot 11:
Squeaked - Maya 8.5 - Porkchop chewtoy modeled and rigged for 3D animated short Squeaked

Shot 12:
Squeaked - Maya 8.5 - Environment model for 3D animated short Squeaked

3D Generalist Work

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Shot 1:
Rooftop - Maya 8.5 - This is a rooftop I modeled from images given to me to be used in a music video created by Aaron Biscombe

Shot 2:
Cat Nap - Maya 2008 - Boy character modeled with polygons for my MFA thesis film Cat Nap

Shot 3:
Cat Nap - Maya 2008 - Cat character modeled with polygons for my MFA thesis film Cat Nap

Shot 4:
Squeaked - Maya 8.5 - Clips from my solo 3D film Squeaked where I wrote the story, modeled, rigged/skinned, textured, and animated all the elements

Shot 5:
Cat Nap - Maya 2008 - Clips from my MFA thesis animated short Cat Nap. This short is a combination of body motion capture and keyframe hand/facial/prop animation. I modeled, rigged and skinned all elements as well as captured, cleaned, and retargeted all the motion capture data using IQ, MotionBuilder, and Maya 2008

Shot 6:
Flying Burger - Shake and Maya 8.5 - Using provided plates, I modeled and then animated a hamburger flying through cityscapes.

Shot 7:
Opal Flower - Maya 8.5 - This is a flower modeled and UV'd from a drawing by Nahomi Maki for her animated short Swimming Moon

Shot 8:
Pansy Flower - Maya 8.5 - This is a flower modeled and UV'd from a drawing by Nahomi Maki for her animated short Swimming Moon

Shot 9:
Bat Flower - Maya 8.5 - This is a flower modeled, UV'd, and rigged from a photograph for an MFA thesis animation by Brittany Biggs

Shot 10:
Squeaked - Maya 8.5 - Bulldog modeled and rigged for 3D animated short Squeaked

Shot 11:
Squeaked - Maya 8.5 - Hamburger chewtoy modeled and rigged for 3D animated short Squeaked

Shot 12:
Squeaked - Maya 8.5 - Hotdog chewtoy modeled and rigged for 3D animated short Squeaked

Shot 13:
Squeaked - Maya 8.5 - Porkchop chewtoy modeled and rigged for 3D animated short Squeaked

Shot 14:
Squeaked - Maya 8.5 - Environment model for 3D animated short Squeaked

Friday, March 6, 2009

Resume

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