Mariah Radle Final Reel

I am very proud of this final reel and all the projects included in it. When I signed up for this class I had no idea how much I would learn and be able to do by the end of the semester. My animations aren’t perfect, but I think they’re good for having just learned the basics. I was also able to work more in Premiere Pro and utilize that to build my animations, which helped improve my skills in that program.

My favorite thing I’ve done is surprisingly the cut-paper animations. They’re easier than I expected to make, and I’m able to manipulate them and edit them easier than I am a hand drawn animation. That’s why I picked this method for my 2 minute free animation.

My least favorite thing is hand drawn animations. I’m not great at drawing in general, so trying to draw the same figure in multiple different ways was very hard for me, and none of my hand drawn ones turned out great.

Blender was interesting. It’s definitely a hard program to learn, and tutorials saved my life. I think my blender man was my favorite since I didn’t use a tutorial (except learning how to rig) and it’s weird and quirky which is fun. Printing my pig was fun and exciting, but 3D printing isn’t what I expected. I came out kind of messy and not as smooth as I’d hoped, but still pretty neat.

I would definitely recommend this class to others (which I have) because we learn things we don’t normally learn in the viscom program. I think it’s a good skill to have on top of regular design skills. It’s also fun to have videos to show people because they seem to like watching those more than looking at normal things like posters and such. I think it’s safe to say I won’t be working for Pixar, but at least I’m able to make a couple simple animations and entertain people!


Final Reel! (Claire)


I have learned so so much in this class. And I loved (most) every minute of it. Just like we had talked about that we probably learned more content in this semester alone rather than the intro art classes we take for the art major. I think I have learned great skills that I can now go and learn further on my own and have a range of skills for my future design career. Getting to watch “inspiration” almost every class was also a huge plus. I appreciate animation so much more now after having to do it myself. I just wish I might have started sooner. My favorite type might be stop motion. I really enjoyed that the app helps out a lot and frankly, blender became extremely frustrating at times with the cursor not always being where I need it to be etc. BUT I am still glad I learned good basics of blender in case I ever need to model a room or product or something! Overall, great class. I just think Rusty needs to dive deeper into animation with us!