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Richard Lico (Animation Director, Polyarc)
Location: Room 3007, West Hall
Date: Thursday, March 22
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am
Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Conference - Get your pass now!
Topic: Visual Arts, Design
Vault Recording: Video
Audience Level: All
Quill, the protagonist from Polyarc's first game 'Moss', has quickly stolen the hearts of players worldwide. But how did Polyarc create such an endearing, popular character prior to the game's release? To answer this, Animation Director Richard Lico will demonstrate how VR breaks the 4th wall, elevating Quill beyond a simple player avatar. He'll detail the methods he uses to create honest performances, which in turn elevate the emotional bond between Quill and the player. Lastly, he will demonstrate the unique, efficient workflow and tools used to create animation in the world of 'Moss'. This talk, at its core, is about the animation direction driving this strong, emotional response to Quill.
Attendees will learn how best to leverage VR in their performances, and what pitfalls to avoid. They will learn how to draw emotion from players outside the confines of a linear narrative. Lastly, they will gain insight into the animation pillars, workflow, tools and tricks used to build 'Moss'.
The target audience is beginner through advanced level animators, riggers and character designers. Attendees may benefit from having a general understanding of animation systems, but the lessons learned are universal.