CGWorkshops - Animating Creatures for Games | 1.2 GB
Working in video games requires you to have an understanding of a wide variety of creatures. Knowing how to approach different creatures and animate them quickly & efficiently is key to success.
In this 3 week course Kyle will demonstrate how to animate various game animations on 3 different creatures: a dog, spider, & dinosaur (Albertosaurus) You'll learn how
to gather & analyze reference to better understand their locomotion and behaviour. And how to use/exaggerate that reference to create game animations. Kyle will
demonstrate various techniques to speed up your workflow and how you can approach different creatures in different ways to create quick, appealing video game
5-12 hours of video lessons each week will go over step by step how Kyle creates animations for each of these creatures. The entire process will be shown, no editing
or jump cuts through the process. Outside of the video lessons, the course will require about 6-15 hours per week to work on assignments (depending on skill level).
Each week there will be a 2 hr live Q&A where Kyle will critique assignments and answer questions. There will also be a dedicated forum for you to post your progress,
ask questions, and get daily feedback from Kyle.
This is an intermediate entry level workshop. Students should have a basic understanding of Maya and the fundamentals of animation.
For each of the assignments we'll be using 3 provided rigs. Note: if you are taking the combined 3 course package you will be free to use your own quadruped rig for
- Dog Rig - Brian Evans
- Spider Rig - Wasim Khan
- Dino Rig - Harry Gladwin Geoghegan
What You Will Learn
In this CGWorkshops you'll learn how to gather & analyze reference to better understand their locomotion and behaviour. And how to use/exaggerate that reference to
create game animations. Kyle will demonstrate various techniques to speed up your workflow and how you can approach different creatures in different ways to create
quick, appealing video game animations.
WEEK BY WEEK OUTLINE
- Animals In Games
- Gathering Video Reference
- Analyzing Reference
- Animating Quadruped Walk
- Animating Quadruped Trot
- Animating Quadruped Run
- Using Layers to add flavor to Cycle
Assignment: Dog, following along with the videos and animate 1 of the following: walk, trot, or run cycle
- Understanding Arachnids
- Arachnid Movement Analysis
- Exaggerating Movement
- Animating Spider Walk
- Animating Spider Moving Through Environment
- Animating Spider Attack
Assignment: Spider, following along with the videos and animate 1 of the following: walk cycle or attack.
- Coming Up With Behavior
- Using Multiple Animals for Reference
- Understanding Video Game Idles
- Animating Dinosaur Walk Cycle
- Animating Dinosaur Standing Idle
- Animating Dinosaur Jump
Assignment: Dinosaur, following along with the videos and animate 1 of the following: walk cycle, standing idle, or jump.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
Basic knowledge of Maya & Animation
Maya 2010 or later
Quicktime Pro or video editing software for converting playblasts to h.264 & converting videos to image sequences to be imported into Maya (premiere, after
Dropbox account (or similar service for uploading videos)
* Newer versions of the above software are also acceptable.
6 - 15 hours of independant study for assignments, depending on skill level.
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