And I'm sure Trey does :P
As far as the stiffness goes, a lot of that was just plain and simply I was still figuring out how to use Maya.
To go Behind the Scenes a bit, my original plan was not to have the upper bulb be the primary form of propulsion (Like it is in the final), but actually to have the lower spiral be the part that convulsed and propelled it. Which would have been pretty cool I think, but when it came time to rig it, the entire thing just fell apart and I didn't have the time to figure it out, so I switched over to the back up plan (Which is what you see in the final). Which still looks pretty sweet.
And also part of it was just running out time, I would have like to refine the animation a bit more but I was running short on time and had to get the thing rendered, so what can you do.
As far as school goes, I haven't heard back anything officially as far as a grade wise or anything (Which I don't really care a whole lot about anyways), but from what I heard, everyone who saw it was pretty impressed, which makes me happy :)
For the color scheme I was was actually really debating between the color schemes when I was working on this thing. So much so that if you look at the practical light on her hand it's actually a bluish color.
And I'm sure I'll get around to using the little guy in something else, but for now I have bigger and better things to work on! Which is as it should be, no?
And since I have you available Teague, what did you think of the breakdown? It was pretty rushed together, but do you think it was it a decent portrayal of the process?
I haven't really had much of a chance to do any sort of breakdown of a shot before, and I'm not sure if covered all my bases properly.