Throughout my years studying animation, I did not really know what area of animation I wanted to specialise in, however, when the Journeyman module came along in my second year and I got to work on both player and non-player characters for the first time, I discovered a passion for breathing life and a sense of character into the models. This was then amplified during the Beta Arcade module in my third year when I got to create a whole story with my game’s characters and see a set of realistic animations help the characters take shape and develop alongside the rest of the game. Despite this, I found it too tedious and I realised that I enjoyed more stylised hand-keyed animations. So, I wanted to explore my newfound passion and develop a set of game-ready hand-keyed player character animations for my final year project. These animations would be game-ready according to the Unreal pipeline but are rendered out in Maya and compiled into a video in premiere pro.
Hello, I’m Robyn McCord. I am a final year student on the BA Computer Animation course at Teesside University. Some of my hobbies include drawing and sketching, gaming and learning new skills. I enjoy building upon skills I already have and trying out things that are completely new. I am skilled in Autodesk Maya and I also have a good working knowledge of Motion Builder and Shogun Post. I was a course representative this past year which allowed me to communicate directly with the university to make the student experience better for those on my course. Before that, I worked at the Teesside University Students’ Union as an event steward which allowed me to work as part of a team to set up events such as wedding receptions, birthday parties and christenings, as well as student events. This job also allowed me to keep good have good communications throughout the team on all levels of seniority. I also got the chance to volunteer throughout college at a retirement home with a group that would do arts and crafts with the residents, allowing me to meet people I might not have had a chance to communicate with otherwise.