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Spring 2023: 3D Animation Track / Body Mechanics
TERM DATES: Apr 2, 2023 - Jun 17, 2023
LEVEL: Intermediate 
COURSE PREREQUISITES: Animating Characters
4. 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
Tuesday 11:30 PM - 1:00 AM
Thursday 11:30 PM - 1:00 AM
Tuesday 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Thursday 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Wednesday 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Wednesday 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Monday 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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...
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...
Tim Rudder
Tim is a Lead Animator at Industrial Light & Magic and currently working on an unannounced film. His previous credits include Lead Animator on Ant-Man & The Wasp - Quantumania, Supervising Animator on The Mitchells vs The Machines and animator on a mix of features, tv serie...
Nicholas Symons
Currently working as an Animation Director at DNeg, 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 profile companies i...
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