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Winter 2018: 3D Animation Track / Animating Characters
TERM DATES: Jan 2, 2018 - Mar 18, 2018
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
Kent Alfred
United States
Kent is a lead animator at Reel FX Animation Studios, with over 7 years of experience on many projects ranging from commercials to feature films. His projects include Free Birds, Looney Tunes, Kung Fu Panda Secrets of the Furious 5, Open Season 2 & 3, Chuck E Cheese, an...
Louaye Moulayess
United States
Louaye grew up watching cartoons and playing video games. Later in life, he traveled to San Francisco where he pursued his dream of becoming an animator. Examples of his credits include: Cars 2, Ice age 4, Epic, Peanuts, Rio2, Ice Age 5, Ferdinand and Spies in Disguise...
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...
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