Class Catalog

Class Details

TERM DATES: Jun 30, 2024 - Sep 14, 2024
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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class time
Monday 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Monday 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Friday 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Wednesday 12:30 AM - 2:00 AM
Friday 12:30 AM - 2:00 AM
Monday 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Thursday 11:00 PM - 12:30 AM
Tuesday 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Wednesday 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Monday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Sunday 6:00 AM - 7:30 AM
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
Beavan Blocker
United States
Beavan Blocker is an animator who has worked in a variety of roles and fields in his 13 years in the industry, from an Oscar winning short film to VR, Video games, AR, commercial, television and feature film projects! I'm excited to pass on my knowledge, experience and passi...
Benjamin Cheong
United Kingdom
Ben is currently a Lead Animator at Jellyfish Pictures. He has been in the industry for 13 years, working for studios such as Framestore and Rhythm & Hues. He has worked on various different films including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Paddington 1 & 2, and Christopher Rob...
Fatih Dogan
Fatih is currently an animation supervisor at Megalis vfx on an undisclosed feature film. He has 13 years of experience working in Feature Animated and VFX Films, Some of the studios and projects he has worked on are Dneg Feature - Under the Broadwalk, MPC - The Lion King, ...
Mitchell Jao
United States
Mitchell is a character animator with industry experience in both game cinematic 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 i...
Samuel Macero
United States
Sam is currently working at DreamWorks Animation as a cycles animator, after graduating he worked at Sony Imageworks on an unannounced feature before going to DreamWorks
Brendan Martin Fagan
With 17 years of animation expierence, I have worked across the globe at many different Film and game studios. Some of the titles I worked on include Guardians of the Galaxy, Jungle Book, Peter Rabbit, Ready Player One and recently My Little pony, The new generation on Netfl...
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 Animation Supervisor 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, Encanto, and Strange World. He is currently anim su...
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