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TERM DATES: Jan 5, 2020 - Mar 21, 2020
LEVEL: Beginner 
COURSE PREREQUISITES: Introduction to 3D Animation
Animating Characters
This course teaches the principles of animation applied to character motion and locomotion. Students are now ready to tackle full biped character animation in three animation assignments. Students learn how to maintain balance, understanding where the character's center of gravity is located, sculpting poses for strong silhouettes, shape reversals, how and why a character anticipates a move, motivated action, secondary action and reaction, caricatured motion, how to avoid twinning, appeal in asymmetry, and staging. In the assignments, the students are given more freedom to explore secondary actions.

Technical concepts and workflows like gimbal lock, rotation order, euler filter, constraints, breakdowns, avoiding counter-animation, and Tween Machine are covered so students will understand how to create clear actions while being expressive and creative with their character.

By using AnimSchool's simple segmented "block" characters, students focus on the specific positioning and angles of body parts to properly communicate a biped's pose, without getting lost in the ambiguity of fleshy characters.
1, 2 - Full biped character walk cycle.
3, 4, 5- Full biped character walk to stop assignment.
6-10 - Interacting with a heavy object.
11 - Finalizing and submitting assignments.
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class time
Monday 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Monday 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Thursday 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Monday 10:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Monday 11:30 PM - 1:00 AM
Wednesday 11:30 PM - 1:00 AM
Monday 11:00 PM - 12:30 AM
Wednesday 11:00 PM - 12:30 AM
Kent Alfred
United States
Kent is a currently Lead Animator at Gearbox Software in Frisco, TX. He has been with Gearbox for five years, and has shipped both Borderlands 3 and Battleborn. Previously, he was Lead Animator at Reel FX Animation Studios for over eight years working on many projects ran...
Morgan Greene
United States
Morgan is a former Pixar, Disney and Dreamworks animator with film credits such as Tangled and Croods. She has had the privilege of working with the legends Glen Keane and James Baxter. Currently, she is working on the upcoming Scooby-Doo set to be released middle of next ...
Louaye Moulayess
United States
Louaye grew up watching lots cartoons and playing lots of video games. Later in life, he traveled from Lebanon to San Francisco where he pursued his passion of Animation. His credits include: Cars 2, Ice age 4, Epic, Rio 2, The Peanuts Movie, Ice Age 5, Ferdinand , Spie...
Anand Somasundaran
Anand fell in love with animation because it was a medium that combined two of his favourite things drawing and film-making. He has been working as an animator on feature films since 2009 and has worked at studios such and Rhythm and Hues, Industrial Light and Magic and is c...
Kelly Vawter
United States
Kelly's currently animating at DreamWorks Feature Animation. His career started early 2015 when he joined the Cinematics team at Blizzard Entertainment. He animated on their Overwatch Episodic Alive, Dragons, Hero, Bastion, and Infiltration. Soon after Blizzard, he went on t...
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