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Class Details

TERM DATES: Jul 2, 2023 - Sep 16, 2023
LEVEL: Beginner 
COURSE PREREQUISITES: Introduction to 3D Animation
Animating Characters
This course teaches the principles of animation applied to character motion and locomotion. Students are now ready to tackle full biped character animation in three animation assignments. Students learn how to maintain balance, understanding where the character's center of gravity is located, sculpting poses for strong silhouettes, shape reversals, how and why a character anticipates a move, motivated action, secondary action and reaction, caricatured motion, how to avoid twinning, appeal in asymmetry, and staging. In the assignments, the students are given more freedom to explore secondary actions.

Technical concepts and workflows like gimbal lock, rotation order, euler filter, constraints, breakdowns, avoiding counter-animation, and Tween Machine are covered so students will understand how to create clear actions while being expressive and creative with their character.

By using AnimSchool's simple segmented "block" characters, students focus on the specific positioning and angles of body parts to properly communicate a biped's pose, without getting lost in the ambiguity of fleshy characters.
1, 2 - Full biped character walk cycle.
3, 4, 5- Full biped character walk to stop assignment.
6-10 - Interacting with a heavy object.
11 - Finalizing and submitting assignments.
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class time
Sunday 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Sunday 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Wednesday 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Saturday 9:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday 9:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday 10:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Thursday 10:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Monday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Wednesday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Wednesday 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Jamie Chung
Hong Kong
Jamie is a senior animator and has been in the animation industry for almost 10 years. He has experience in film, TV and advertising in notable studios such as Sony Imageworks, Animal Logic, Framestore, Cinesite, Luma Pictures and The Laundromatte. With his main focus being ...
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...
Ayoub Moulakhnif
United Kingdom
Ayoub Moulakhnif is an Animator at Jellyfish Pictures, previously Axis Studios, Agora, and Superseed Studios, working on Animated features for Netflix, VFX and Games. Some of his work include Scrooge a christmas carol, Cosmoball, Oddworld Soulstorm, and Brawl stars Ayo...
Harish Pawar
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. ...
Anand Somasundaran
Anand fell in love with animation because it was a medium that combined two of his favourite things drawing and film-making. He has been working as an animator on feature films since 2009 and has worked at studios such and Rhythm and Hues, Industrial Light and Magic and is c...
Nicholas Symons
Currently working as an Animation Director at Steamroller Animation, 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 pr...
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