Okay the animation is pretty weak, but this was actually my 'major specialisation' for the semester, since the college was reluctant to accept a web banner I designed (for the ISSPD congress - a clinical psychology thing - Google).
Anyway this animation started life as a tutorial on using the puppetry tool, based on Chris Jackson's book After Effects & Flash. I thought I would be able to animate a JPG and seamlessly integrate it with live action and compositing. Ha!
It's not so much that I couldn't master a spider walk cycle - there are some great examples using 3D models on You Tube. No, the problem - which I didn't really see until it was too late because I was focused on the intricate walk cycle - was that the overhead view of the spider was never really going to have a perspective to place it above the background of the dance floor. Consequently, the spider just looked flattened or squashed. Although the leg extensions are more or less accurate (slightly exaggerated) they don't have the necessary foreshortening to read as being above the floor. Doh!
I was in two minds whether or not to go ahead and finish the thing or submit it. But in the end there wasn't time to come up with a replacement. So I tried to make it more exaggerated or stylised - it's meant to be funny anyway. But it didn't exactly have them rolling in the aisles at my assessment, so I'm putting this one down to another steep learning curve.