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TERM DATES: Apr 3, 2022 - Jun 18, 2022
LEVEL: Beginner 
COURSE PREREQUISITES: Introduction to Maya
Introduction to 3D Animation
$1620
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.
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Friday 9:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday 9:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Monday 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Wednesday 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Monday 10:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Thursday 10:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Sunday 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Thursday 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Saturday 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Tuesday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Monday 10:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Sunday 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Wednesday 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
ABOUT INSTRUCTORS
Christopher Dias
Canada
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...
Janel Drewis
United States
Janel is an animator at Disney, currently working on Strange World. She's been in the industry since 2012, with work spanning multiple studios across games and film including Pixar, Sony Imageworks, Animal Logic, Telltale Games, and Ubisoft. Most recently, she's contributed ...
Jean Dominique Fievet
United States
Jean-Dominique "JD" Fievet was raised in Lille, northern France, and graduated from Supinfocom school of digital filmmaking in 2000. After a short period of time working in a small animation studio in Luxemburg, he moved to Southern California in 2003 to join Blur Studio, w...
Masha Juergens
Australia
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...
Aldric Lopez
Canada
Aldric is currently a Senior Animator at Animal Logic Vancouver. He previously worked at Sony Pictures Imageworks and MPC as an animator after graduating from Animschool. He is experienced in a wide range of animation styles ranging from ultra realistic vfx creatures to car...
Harish Pawar
Canada
Harish has over 14 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. ...
Tim Rudder
Canada
Tim is currently a Lead Animator at Industrial Light & Magic on an upcoming film. Previously he was a Supervising Animator on The Mitchells vs The Machines and has also animated on Space Jam: A New Legacy, Lost Ollie, Hotel Transylvania 3, The Angry Birds Movie 2, La Noria a...
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