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Fall 2020: 3D Animation Track / Introduction to 3D Animation
TERM DATES: Oct 4, 2020 - Dec 19, 2020
LEVEL: Beginner 
COURSE PREREQUISITES: Introduction to Maya
2. Introduction to 3D Animation
An introduction to the principles of animation, applied to simple objects and scenarios.

In seven assignments, students animate with balls of different weights, an alien tow-truck ship, and a ball with legs to learn about: timing, arcs, spacing, ease in and out, weight, gravity, drag, secondary action, overlap, follow through, squash and stretch, exaggeration and the basics of bipedal locomotion. Students learn software concepts such as: projects, workspace, AutoKey keyframing, hotkeys, graph editor editing, tangents, curve cycling, and playblasting.

Demonstrating these skills becomes the foundation for more advanced techniques learned later in the Animation Track and Program.

1 - Timing and spacing while thumbnailing your first animation assignment.
2 - Bouncing ball assignment.
3 - Ball with character assignment.
4 & 5 - Learn follow through in a new animation using a pendulum in motion.
6 & 7 - Start simulating character locomotion through creating a walk cycle.
8, 9 & 10 - Varied character turns using a character.
11 - Finalizing and submitting assignments.
critique time *
class time
Tuesday 9:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday 9:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday 9:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Thursday 9:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Thursday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Friday 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Saturday 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Saturday 11:00 PM - 12:30 AM
Monday 11:00 PM - 12:30 AM
Tuesday 11:00 PM - 12:30 AM
Thursday 11:00 PM - 12:30 AM
Wednesday 12:00 AM - 1:30 AM
Friday 12:00 AM - 1:30 AM
Christopher Dias
Chris has over 15 years of Animation experience and a graduate from Sheridan's 2006-07 Digital Character Animation course, Canada. At Sheridan, He won the DreamworksAnimation SKG Scholarship for best student character animation for his student projectthat year. He later ende...
Tyler Kakac
Tyler currently works at Blue Sky Animation Studios as a character animator. Receiving his formal animation education from Full Sail University he graduated with a Bachelors of Science in computer animation in 2010. Since graduating, Tyler has worked...
Anthea Kerou
United States
For the last 8 years Anthea has worked on many animated features such as "Shrek 4' at Dreamworks, "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" at Sony, "Horton Hears a Who" at Blue Sky, "Planet 51" at Ilion, and "Bolt" and "Meet the Robinsons" at Walt Disney Animation Studios. She ha...
Ayoub Moulakhnif
Ayoub Moulakhnif is Lead Animator at SuperseedStudios, working on VFX and Games with leading companies including Disney, Epic, Supercell, Oddworld Inhabitants, Main Road Post and more. Ayoub is a versatile animator with styles ranging from abstract and cartoony to realisti...
Daniel Paul
Daniel is a Cinematics Animator at Blizzard Entertainment and has been animating professionally for 7 years. He's worked in television, games, feature animation, visual effects, advertising, and augmented reality. Projects he's worked on include Overwatch, Scoob!, Spider-Man...
Alexander Snow
United States
Alex is an animator at Disney. He's been animating professionally for 10 years, and has been lucky enough to work on a bunch of cool projects including Ralph Breaks the Internet, Ferdinand, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Smurfs: The Lost Village, Zootopia, Big Hero 6, Cloudy...
Veara Suon
United States
Currently a cinematic animator at Blizzard Entertainment. Animating professionally since 2007, and has a wide range of production on AAA video games, blockbuster visual effects films and full animated features. Other notable studios to have been a part of: Bungie Studios, ...
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