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Spring 2021: 3D Animation Track / Body Mechanics
TERM DATES: Apr 4, 2021 - Jun 19, 2021
LEVEL: Intermediate 
COURSE PREREQUISITES: Animating Characters
4. 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
Wednesday 10:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Friday 10:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Friday 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Sunday 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Monday 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Sunday 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Brock Boyts
United States
Brock Boyts is currently a Senior Animator at Sony Pictures Imageworks. He has had the privilege to animate on "The Peanuts Movie", "Ice Age: Collision Course", "Ferdinand", "Spies In Disguise" , "Nimona" and an undisclosed short at Blue Sky Studios. Prior to becoming an ani...
Izabela Bzymek
Izabela has over 20 years experience within the film industry and embraced different styles and techniques in both 2D and 3D animation. Throughout her career, she has worked at several high profile studios such as Sony, Animal logic, Mikros, Toonbox and has contributed to ma...
Jean-Luc Delhougne
With more than 15 years of experience, Jean-Luc started his career as a 3d generalist on several commercials then decided to specialize in character animation. Since then, he has been lucky enough to animate, lead and supervise talented people from all over the world on a w...
Masha Juergens
Masha has over 25 years of experience in animation. She began her career as a 2D animator, soon after the first Maya version was released, she started animating in 3D. Since then Masha worked at several animation studios in Europe and Australia such as Scanline FX, Aardman A...
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...
Nicholas Symons
Currently working as an Animation Director at DNeg, Nick has over twenty years of industry experience and has produced animation for games, commercials and feature films. Nick, who is from the UK, began his career in London and has worked for several high profile companies i...
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