Expressive Animation
ACCAD 7003, 3 credits
TR 2:20-3:40
Professor Alan Price
aprice@accad.osu.edu
office hours: TR 4-5pm by appointment
 

 

Link to Course Syllabus

This schedule is subject to change and will be announced during class hours. 

W 01 – 01.07 & 01.09
Introduction. Animation Fundamentals.
Relationship between traditional and computer animation practice and terminology
    Keyframes / Inbetweens
   
Selections from Tony White's Animator's Handbook
    Pose-to-pose / Straight ahead / Cycles
    

W 02 – 01.14 & 01.16
Computer Animation Principles
    Graph Editor / Interpolation / Tangents / Holds
    Keyframes and the Graph Editor

Traditional Principles applied in Computer Animation
    Squash and Stretch / Anticipation / Staging / Secondary Actions
    Read John Lassiter's Siggraph paper

W 03 – 01.21 & 01.23
Hierarchical systems
    Pivots / Locators / Group nodes / Local vs World coordinates
    Make a solar system
    Make a robot arm
    Optimizing the keyframe animation process
        Adding macro scripts to shelves
Convoluted Contraptions assigned
Vector Rendering settings   

W 04 – 01.28 & 01.30
Constraint systems
    Weights / Translation / Rotation / Scale / Path / Driven Keys

W 05 – 02.04 & 02.06
Presentations of Convoluted Contraptions

Deformation systems
     Non-linear  / Lattice  / Blend shapes

W 06 – 02.11 & 02.13
Audio Synchronization
    Dopesheets / audio recording / waveforms / mouth shapes

W 07 – 02.18 & 02.20
Presentations of Audio-Actuated Animations

Fundamentals of Character Rigging
    Modeling considerations / skinned deformation and editing / hierarchies and control constraints
    foot rig


W 08 – 02.25 & 02.27
Walk Sequences and Cycles
    Multiple Pass techniques

W 09 – 03.04 & 03.06
Present Walk Cycles

Productive Person Perambulating
    Interaction with other objects in scene
    example results by the instructor
    CORRECTION to assignment: Do not render the animation until after our review. 
    Submit playblasts and the Maya scene file for the review.

W 10 – MARCH BREAK 03.11 & 03.13

W 11 – NO CLASSES (GDC) 03.18 & 03.20

W 12 – 03.25 & 03.27
Presentations of Productive Person Perambulating

W 13 – 04.01 & 04.03
Individual Explorations – studio work

W 14 – 04.08 & 04.10
Individual Explorations – studio work

W 15 – 04.15 & 04.17
Individual Explorations – studio work

W 16 – FINALS
Presentations of Individual Explorations