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Winter 2020: 3D Animation Track / Animating Characters
TERM DATES: Jan 5, 2020 - Mar 21, 2020
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 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, 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...
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 an upcoming feature called The First Hero by Disney vets D...
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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