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Summer 2020: 3D Animation Track / Animating Characters
TERM DATES: Jul 5, 2020 - Sep 19, 2020
LEVEL: Beginner 
COURSE PREREQUISITES: Introduction to 3D Animation
3. Animating Characters
$1620
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.
critique time *
class time
instructor
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Monday 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Thursday 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Monday 10:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Monday 10:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Thursday 10:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday 10:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Thursday 10:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Monday 11:30 PM - 1:00 AM
Wednesday 11:30 PM - 1:00 AM
Tuesday 11:00 PM - 12:30 AM
Thursday 11:00 PM - 12:30 AM
ABOUT INSTRUCTORS
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...
Paul Pammesberger
Canada
Paul made his way from Vienna Austria where he worked in the boutique animation studio ArxAnima to Sony Pictures Imageworks in Vancouver Canada to work on international feature films. He has been at SPI for the last five years as a character animator and worked on movies in...
Harish Pawar
Canada
Harish has over 12 years of experience professionally animating characters for Vfx films. Started his career back in 2007, He has worked for Oscar winning studios such as Rhythm and Hues, Double Negative, Method, Image Engine and currently a Senior Animator at Scanline Vfx. ...
Anand Somasundaran
Canada
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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