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TERM DATES: Jul 3, 2022 - Sep 17, 2022
LEVEL: Intermediate 
COURSE PREREQUISITES: Animating Characters
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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Friday 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Sunday 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Tuesday 11:30 PM - 1:00 AM
Thursday 11:30 PM - 1:00 AM
Monday 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Thursday 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Friday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Tuesday 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Thursday 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday 11:00 PM - 12:30 AM
Wednesday 11:00 PM - 12:30 AM
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...
Mitchell Jao
United States
Mitchell is a character animator with industry experience in both Games and Feature animation. After early experience at Sony Imageworks on "Smurfs: The Lost Village", Mitchell graduated from School of Visual Arts and went right to Blue Sky Studios, starting as an intern to ...
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...
Eric Luhta
I'm currently the animation director at Blackbird Interactive, previously as lead animator for the upcoming Minecraft Legends. I've been in the industry for 15 years on a variety of film, game, and TV projects and studios, including Pixar Canada, Relic Entertainment, Sony Im...
Tony Mecca
United States
I've been a professional animator for over 15 years now spanning major feature films, games, mixed reality, and most recently - theme park attraction ride and creative development. I have animated on everything from VFX heavy realistic style shows like Snow White and the ...
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...
Angelo Sta Catalina
United States
Angelo is currently an animator at Walt Disney Feature Animation. His feature animation experience spans over a decade and has worked on films such as Ice Age 4, Book of Life, Scoob, Raya and the Last Dragon, and Encanto. He is currently animating on Strange World, Disney’s...
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