Cara Malek - How Would A Dragon Fly? The Science and Art of Rigging Animated Characters

Before an animated dragon can fly or a panda can execute a kung fu kick, a character rigger must design and create the digital puppet to bring the character to life. Part anatomy, part computer science, part sculpture, character rigging is a challenging, interesting blend of aesthetics and usability. Cara Malek has 10-years rigging experience and shared how it’s done.

Cara Malek of DreamWorks’ Character Technology team, has directed rigging on numerous studio productions. Credits include, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda 2 & 3. She trained at ACCAD, earning an MFA in digital animation from Ohio State’s design department.