Maya Level 4 - Scene Setup and Environment

Maya Level 4 - Scene Setup and Environment

Duration: 30 hours

Teaching Methodolody: Hands on

OVERVIEW

In this course, students will learn how animate lip-synch and facial expressions with characters in AutodeskMaya and create dynamics to add special effects. By the end of the course, they should be able make characters convincingly speak and show emotions, as well as create all kinds of effects to add detail to a scene. Topics include the basics of facial animation, how to use them in Maya and dynamics.

AUDIENCE

Animators, graphic designers, motion graphics artists, art directors, artistsand anyone who is interested in creating 3D images and animations.

PREREQUISITES

Autodesk Maya – Level 3. This course has been designed to allow students the option of taking it either before, after, or concurrently with Autodesk Maya Levels 1 & 2.

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COURSE CONTENTS

01 - The Basics of Animating a Face

  • Making a character “live“ and breathe
  • Lip-Synch concepts
  • What to listen for in an audio track
  • What to animate and what to hold over
The Basics of Animating a Face

02 - How to Use a Face Rig

  • Moving the controls
  • How to choose which controls to use based on each situation
How to Use a Face Rig

03 - Combining the Face’s Animation with the Rest of the Body’s

  • What to look out for
  • How to show emotion through both the face and the body
Combining the Face’s Animation with the Rest of the Body’s

04 - Facial Expressions

  • Examples of great expressions
  • What to do and what not to do
  • How to show what a character is feeling and communicate emotions convincingly
  • Moving from one emotion to another
Facial Expressions

05 - Dynamics

  • Simulations
  • Particles
  • Forces
  • Rigid Bodies
  • Liquids
  • Oceans & Seas
  • Reactions
  • Fires, Explosions, Smoke
  • Paint Effects
Dynamics

06 - Final Project: Complex Lip-Sync Project

  • Adding audio to Autodesk Maya
  • Adjusting settings for easier lip-syncing
  • Identifying important frames
  • Adding keyframes
  • Exaggerating for effect
  • How to create proper in-betweens for the face
  • Splining
  • Finalizing animation
Final Project: Complex Lip-Sync Project

07 - Extras

  • Tips and quick tricks
  • Applying MEL
  • Saving precious time
Extras