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Creating First Person Shooter Animations for Games

with Bill Buckley


This tutorial is for animators that want to focus on creating first person animations to be used within a game project. Veteran game developer and Animation Director, Bill Buckley, showcases techniques and practices that he has used throughout his career on triple A FPS game titles. He stresses the importance on establishing a work flow to ensure proper gameplay specifics such as blending, timing, composition, iteration and assembly in engine. Bill utilizes a first person template project that Unreal provides; this is so an animator can jump right into showcasing functional work without worrying about coding. Bill starts the tutorial by creating a base idle animation that is used as a starting point for all other animations created. He then creates a fire and a reload animation that utilizes both the character rig as well as a weapon rig, then showing how to successfully transfer those assets into Unreal while maintaining precise contact points and timing. Bill also shows how to manipulate existing blue prints within Unreal to achieve the best look and feel for your animations. This tutorial is a must for any animator that has a desire be an integral part of the development of a First Person Shooter title.

Duration: 3h 39m

Format: HD 1920x1080

Bill Buckley

Animation Director First Contact Entertainment

Bill Buckley has been working as a developer in the video game industry since 2005. His roles have included Senior Animator, Story Artist, Writer, Digital Cinematographer, and Concept Artist, and he is currently the Animation Director at First Contact Entertainment. 

Having has worked on popular titles for companies such as THQ, Disney Interactive, Limbic Entertainment, SCEA, Activision (Neversoft and Infinity Ward), and Starbreeze Studios, Bill’s resume includes major titles such as Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground, WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw, NBA Live 07, Disney’s Club Penguin, 8 Guitar Hero titles, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, John Wick: The Impossible Task in VR, ROM: Extraction, Firewall: Zero Hour and, most currently, Solaris Offworld Combat

Bill is also a lecturer, mentor, and teacher of animation and game development both in the United States and overseas.