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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Animation 2

Author: George Maestri
Publisher: Waite Group Press
ISBN: 9780735700444
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Computers

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

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.

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 in 3D

Author: Steve Roberts
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780240516653
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Computers

Based on 10 years of animation teaching experience, this comprehensive guide to key techniques will ensure your skills best fit the computer animation workplace. A complete understanding of the vital animation drawing skills will be achieved by learning the pitfalls in a 2D exercise then applying these skills when using 3D animation packages. Providing a broad coverage this book will be relevant whatever 3D package you use, Softimage XSI, Maya, 3ds max or LightWave. Just knowing and being able to use a specific 3D software package does not make you an animator, but reading this book will! The Free CD-ROM includes; how to animate exercises in each specific 3d animation program; short movies showing best practice; computer models so you can experiment and learn; a free demo copy and discount code for the best 2D animation software you can buy, DigiCel FlipBook. www.characteranimationin3d.com, provides further resources about the world of animation, extensive list of links, how to get a job, build a lightbox, make an animated movie and much more! * Improve your 3D animation by understanding the key 2D skills * Inspiring coverage for all that is needed to produce original, humorous and exciting animation * Free CD-ROM with short movies relating to each chapter plus the computer models so you can create as you follow the book's tutorials

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.

Blender 2 5 Character Animation Cookbook

Author: Virgilio Vasconcelos
Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 184951321X
Release Date: 2011-06-17
Genre: Computers

Annotation Blender is an open source 3D graphics application that can be used for modeling, rigging, animating, rendering and thousands of other things. While modeling characters isn't the biggest of your worries, animating them to make them feel as-good-as alive is what differentiates a professional from an amateur. This book offers clear, illustrative, and easy-to-follow recipes to create character rigs and animations for common situations. Bring your characters to life by understanding the principles, techniques and approaches involved in creating rigs and animations, you'll be able to adapt them to your own characters and films. The book offers clear step-by-step tutorials, with detailed explanations, screenshots and support files to help you understand the principles behind each topic. Each recipe covers a logical step of the complete creation of a character rig and animation, so you're not overwhelmed with too much information at once. You'll see numerous examples and screenshots that guide to achieve various rigging and animation tasks, logically separated so you can understand each in detail. The rigging topics are divided by each region of the body (torso, limbs, face, eyes), and further separated by the specific topic (neck, fingers, mouth, eyelids, etc) for clarity. All rigging tasks are accomplished with the built-in tools in Blender, without the complexity of coding custom Python behaviors or user interface elements. The animation topics deal with common situations found in real world productions, showing good practices to understand and overcome the challenges.