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Spring 2019: 3D Animation Track / Animating Characters
TERM DATES: Mar 31, 2019 - Jun 15, 2019
LEVEL: Beginner 
COURSE PREREQUISITES: Introduction to 3D Animation
3. Animating Characters
The principles of animation applied to character motion and locomotion.


Students use a simple character in separate exercises to learn the concepts required for motion and locomotion, including balance, weight, center of gravity, posing, hand posing, shape reversals, anticipation, motivated action, secondary action reaction, silhouette, caricatured motion, twinning, asymmetry, and staging. Technical concepts such as gimbal lock, rotation order, euler filter, constraints, breakdowns, avoiding counter-animation, Tween Machine are covered.

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.
critique time *
class time
Monday 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Monday 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Saturday 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Monday 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Wednesday 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Monday 11:30 PM - 1:00 AM
Wednesday 11:30 PM - 1:00 AM
Kent Alfred
United States
Kent is a currently Lead Animator at Gearbox Software in Frisco, TX, and has been with Gearbox for three years, and shipped his first title there, Battleborn. Previously, he was Lead Animator at Reel FX Animation Studios for over 8 years working on many projects ranging fr...
Louaye Moulayess
United States
Louaye grew up watching cartoons and playing video games, extensively. Later in life, he traveled to San Francisco where he pursued his dream of becoming an animator. His credits include: Cars 2, Ice age 4, Epic, Rio2, Peanuts, Ice Age 5, Ferdinand and currently animat...
Tyler Phillips
United States
Tyler is a Character Animator at DreamWorks Animation originally from San Diego, California. After earning his bachelors in Graphic Design, he got his big break in the industry as a compositor in live action working in Prague in 2005. He then did a ninja back flip into...
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...
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