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 REF was my first serious attempt at character animation. I remember being pretty much broken down when I did my first animation test in Lightwave and it was horrible. It was an absolute letdown and I wasn't really sure how to fix that.  I then rethought my approach and decided to start from the beginning when it comes to animating digital characters - from rigging. Eventually, I focused on the rigging process so much that I ended up developing and releasing a few versions of auto rigging plugin for Lightwave - Auto Character Setup.  When I got back into animating REF afterwards it was still very hard work but at least I got it where I wanted it to. Animation challenges were the main reason why the work on the short film spread over 3 years.
       
     
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REF short film

REF is a short film I made in 2002-2004 as my master degree project in animation at Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow, Poland.

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I was very much into martial arts aesthetics (especially Aikido) at that time. I wanted to make a film portraying martial arts as I would like to see them - as a main and only theme rather then it being part of an action movie.

REF is just that - a fight scene between two identically looking characters.

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REF_01630.jpg
       
     
 REF was my first serious attempt at character animation. I remember being pretty much broken down when I did my first animation test in Lightwave and it was horrible. It was an absolute letdown and I wasn't really sure how to fix that.  I then rethought my approach and decided to start from the beginning when it comes to animating digital characters - from rigging. Eventually, I focused on the rigging process so much that I ended up developing and releasing a few versions of auto rigging plugin for Lightwave - Auto Character Setup.  When I got back into animating REF afterwards it was still very hard work but at least I got it where I wanted it to. Animation challenges were the main reason why the work on the short film spread over 3 years.
       
     

REF was my first serious attempt at character animation. I remember being pretty much broken down when I did my first animation test in Lightwave and it was horrible. It was an absolute letdown and I wasn't really sure how to fix that.

I then rethought my approach and decided to start from the beginning when it comes to animating digital characters - from rigging. Eventually, I focused on the rigging process so much that I ended up developing and releasing a few versions of auto rigging plugin for Lightwave - Auto Character Setup.

When I got back into animating REF afterwards it was still very hard work but at least I got it where I wanted it to. Animation challenges were the main reason why the work on the short film spread over 3 years.

REF_01961.jpg
       
     
REF_02026.jpg
       
     
REF_02517.jpg
       
     
REF_02572.jpg
       
     
REF_02594.jpg
       
     
REF_03371.jpg
       
     
REF_03535.jpg
       
     
REF_03414.jpg
       
     
REF_03594.jpg
       
     
REF_02749.jpg
       
     
REF_04065.jpg
       
     
REF_04560.jpg