Digital Character Animation 3

Author: George Maestri
Publisher: New Riders
ISBN: 0132798190
Release Date: 2006-04-12
Genre: Computers

Whether you’re creating animation for television, advertising, games, or multimedia, [digital] Character Animation 3 can help you bring your imagination to life. In this updated classic, both newcomers to digital animation and old hands looking to hone existing skills will find essential techniques for creating lively, professional-quality animation that are applicable to any software application. Combining the fundamentals of modeling, rigging, and animation with advanced-level information on characterization, directing, and production management, author George Maestri has created an essential resource for digital animators. [digital] Character Animation 3 is packed with beautiful new artwork and Maestri’s invaluable expert tips. Along with clear instruction on the theory and practice of foundation techniques such as rigging, walk-cycles, and lip-synch–the tutorials and exercises in this book let you practice what you’ve learned. Maestri also offers in-depth information on creating nuanced characters that feel “alive” and win audience empathy and attention. The book’s final chapter guides you through the entire filmmaking process, from story development through voice casting and animation directing.

Digital Character Animation 3

Author: George Maestri
Publisher: New Riders Pub
ISBN: 0321376005
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Computers

Explains how to create professional-looking, two- and three-dimensional computer generated characters.

Digital Character Animation

Author: George Maestri
Publisher: New Riders Publishing
ISBN: IND:30000053361113
Release Date: 1996-01-01
Genre: Computer animation

This book covers the essential information computer animators need to generate believable characters in 2D and 3D on the computer. The book covers the nuance and technique of character animation in great detail. CD contains Quicktime and AVI examples of multiple walk cycles, lip sync examples, and other techniques from the book; 3D models; texture maps; and software demos of programs that provide animation capabilities.

Inspired 3D Character Animation

Author: Kyle Clark
Publisher: Muska & Lipman Publishing
ISBN: 1931841489
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Computers

Clark's book takes an in-depth look at the methods and technology that professionals use to create realistic and believable characters using computer technology.

Character Animation 2D Skills for Better 3D

Author: Steve Roberts
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781136140938
Release Date: 2012-08-06
Genre: Art

Improve your character animation with a mastery of traditional principles and processes including weight and balance, timing, walks, birds, fish, snakes, four legged animals, acting and lip-synch. Traditional animation skills and techniques are presented in both 2D and 3D space. The companion CD features demonstration animations and exercises conducted in each of the major animation packages including 3ds Max, LightWave, Maya, and XSI Softimage.

Digital Character Development

Author: Rob O'Neill
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9781482250787
Release Date: 2015-10-07
Genre: Computers

Digital characters are a driving force in the entertainment industry today. Every animated film and video game production spends a large percentage of its resources and time on advancing the quality of the digital characters inhabiting the world being created. This book presents the theory and practice behind the creation of digital characters for film and games using software-agnostic descriptions that apply to any animation application. It provides insight from a real production environment and the requirements that such an environment imposes. Digital Character Development: Theory and Practice, Second Edition covers the following key topics that are valuable to professionals across a wide spectrum of disciplines: Evolution and history of digital characters, which is critical to understanding the theory and techniques behind how characters are developed Contemporary issues, such as the "Uncanny Valley" phenomenon, that affect character design decisions Process of building characters: anatomical considerations, character motion systems, deformation (muscle and skin) systems, facial setup, and rig synthesis and construction Animation technology: keyframe strategies, curve interpolation, motion capture, procedural animation, artificial intelligence, crowd simulations, and interactive characters Future of digital characters, including research questions that remain outstanding and the challenges for work beyond them The second edition of this book has been significantly updated to reflect the latest trends and innovations in digital character development. It includes interviews with 15 leading character development professionals that provide unique insights into the challenges and ingredients for success in this field. With rich illustrations and visual code examples throughout, this book provides a comprehensive roadmap to character development for both professionals and students.

3 D Human Modeling and Animation

Author: Peter Ratner
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118399873
Release Date: 2012-04-27
Genre: Design

3-D Human Modeling and Animation Third Edition All the tools and techniques you need to bring human figures to 3-D life Thanks to today's remarkable technology, artists can create and animate realistic, three-dimensional human figures that were not possible just a few years ago. This easy-to-follow book guides you through all the necessary steps to adapt your own artistic skill in figure drawing, painting, and sculpture to this exciting digital canvas. 3-D Human Modeling and Animation, Third Edition starts you off with simple modeling, then prepares you for more advanced techniques for creating human characters. After a brief overview of human anatomy, you'll delve into the basic principles of proportion and structure, along with the different body parts. Exploring human modeling, texturing, rigging, and lighting leads you to more advanced techniques for digital figure animation. Filled with?detailed, practical information about creating and animating 3-D human models, this updated Third Edition now features more than 500 full-color images that detail, step by step, the modeling and animation processes for both male and female figures. Most helpful of all, the included DVD features QuickTime tutorials tied to the modeling chapters and provides detailed color images from the chapters so you can get a quick start in bringing your visions to fruition!

How to Cheat in Maya 2012

Author: Eric Luhta
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781136127496
Release Date: 2013-03-20
Genre: Art

The Maya guide for animators, How to Cheat in Maya 2012 presents everything you need to know about character animation in Maya. Fully updated for the latest revision of Maya, this book provides you with complete, step-by-step walkthroughs of essential animation techniques to increase your efficiency and speed. This is an animator's workflow in book form, written by professional animators-not a software book with a few animation pointers thrown in. In addition to all the gold-mine coverage and interviews with expert animators from the previous edition, How to Cheat in Maya 2012 also features a new in-depth chapter on the principles of animation, updated information on camera settings and animation using Maya's new Camera Sequencer tool, the ins and outs of the brand new Editable Motion Trails tool, new techniques for working with characters in multi-shot animation tests and short films, a new cycles chapter covering actions like flying and walks, time-saving scripts, and advanced tricks with the new Graph Editor. The proven "How to Cheat" series gets you up to speed quickly, and in a way that's fun.

Character Animation Fundamentals

Author: Steve Roberts
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781136129490
Release Date: 2012-09-10
Genre: Art

Expand your animation toolkit and remain competitive in the industry with this leading resource for 2D and 3D character animation techniques. Apply the industry's best practices to your own workflows and develop 2D, 3D and hybrid characters with ease. With side by side comparisons of 2D and 3D character design, improve your character animation and master traditional principles and processes including weight and balance, timing and walks. Develop characters inspired by humans, birds, fish, snakes and four legged animals. Breathe life into your character and develop a characters personality with chapters on acting, voice-synching and facial expressions. Expertly integrate core animation techniques with your software of choice featuring step-by-step tutorials, highlighting 3ds Max, Maya and Blender workflows. Adapt the tips, tricks and techniques for unique projects like character design for rotoscoping and motion capture. Advance beyond the fundamentals of 2D and 3D character animation with the companion website which includes short demonstration movies, 2D and 3D exercises and fully rigged character models.

Acting and Character Animation

Author: Rolf Giesen
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9781351651073
Release Date: 2017-07-28
Genre: Computers

Animation has a lot to do with acting. That is, character animation, not the standardized, mechanical process of animation. Acting and animation are highly creative processes. This book is divided into two parts: From film history we learn about the importance of actors and the variety of acting that goes into animation; then, we will turn to the actor's point of view to describe the various techniques involved. Through exhaustive research and interviews with people ranging from the late Ray Harryhausen, Jim Danforth, Joe Letteri, and Bruno Bozzetto, this book will be the primary source for animators and animation actors.

Character Animation in Depth

Author: Doug Kelly
Publisher: Coriolis Group
ISBN: IND:30000062195510
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Computers

Character animation is a high profile field with high salaries, high visibility tie-ins to TV and film, heavy recruiting, and few formal training requirements. This complete reference covers all key resources for character animation. Demos and sample files are contained on the CD-ROM, along with demo reel video clips and stills from major studios and individual artists.

3ds Max at a Glance

Author: George Maestri
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470260750
Release Date: 2008-03-31
Genre: Computers

One look and you'll see that this 3ds Max book is different from all the others. It presents the core 3ds Max features in pages packed with striking graphics that perfectly illustrate the concepts. Each page is loaded with detailed explanations on crucial components, such as the 3ds Max interface, modeling and animation tools, rendering settings, and more. Engaging step-by-step lessons and tasks provide hands-on reinforcement as you learn. Create textures, learn rigging, bring biped characters to life—even create hair with this beautiful, full-color guide.