Hello, I am a VFX artist and am starting to work on an alien invasion video. For animating the alien I plan on filming reference video of a person, falling, running, etc. I would animate the alien based on that. Though I am not sure how I would combine those animations like shooting then falling. Ideas?
You've got a lot of learning cut out for you. There are a few ways to do character animation - using motion capture, purchasing motion capture clips, rigging a character, texture mapping a character, and using character animation features inside of 3DS Max. It's going to vary slightly, depending on the version of Max you're planning on using, but here's where to get started: