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TERM DATES: Jan 5, 2020 - Mar 21, 2020
LEVEL: Intermediate 
COURSE PREREQUISITES: Animating Characters
Body Mechanics
Students learn how to make characters move with more weight, solidity, and believability in action scenarios. They make a biped character move in two assignments, blending different actions to create complex scenes with an emphasis on weight during movement, balance, direction changes, action, realistic force, and Ik/Fk switching. Students also learn quadruped locomotion in a third exercise of animating a dog walk.

The class provides students with a strong foundation and understanding of body mechanics so they are able to tackle physical shots in real production environments. Students will continue to improve their workflows in order to work more quickly and efficiently and meet realistic deadlines.
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class time
Monday 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Tuesday 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Thursday 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Tuesday 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Brock Boyts
United States
Brock Boyts is currently an Animator at Blue Sky Studios. Prior to becoming an animator, he spent 15+ years as a motion graphics artist for television, advertising and film. He later returned to online school to study Character Animation. He has had the privilege to animate ...
Jean-Luc Delhougne
Originally from Belgium, Jean-Luc now lives in Montreal where he's the Animation Supervisor for Blue Spirit Canada, a studio specializing in TV shows and animated feature films.He started his career as a 3d generalist on several commercials then decided to specialize in char...
Benn Garnish
United Kingdom
Benn Garnish, animator and senior previz artist, responsible for much memorable character and creature animation on films such as "Harry Potter", "Passengers" and "Paddington 2", with over 10 years experience currently works for Third Floor London as senior previz artist, m...
Gwilym Morris
United Kingdom
After winning European Junior Animator Award 2001 for his short film Bmovie, Gwilym was given the opportunity to work at Framestore on such films as Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Two years later he headed to New Zealand to work at Weta on Lord of the Rin...
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