Creature Animation:
Locomotion

Curriculum Summary

12-week course breakdown:

Week 01Quadruped Walks: The Cat


Jason Martinsen will cover basic quadruped walk theory as well as animate a “vanilla” quadruped walk demonstrating personal workflow techniques in Maya.

Week 02Creating Weight in
Four-Legged Walks


Tom Gibbons, Senior Animator at Tippett studios, covers believable weight distribution in your animation walk cycles in creatures.

Week 03Understanding
Animal Locomotion


Jim Brown, Animator at Pixar Animation Studios, explores complex weight, locomotion, force, and momentum with quadrupeds.

Week 04Advanced Four-Legged Walks – Walkthrough


Brian Mendenhall, Animator at Tippett Studio, walks through the essentials of animating a complex quadruped walk.

Week 05Understanding Weights
and Physicality


Jess Morris, animator at Industrial Light & Magic, explains weight distribution in different physical creature movements.


Week 06Understanding Animal Locomotion & Performance


Jim Brown, animator at Pixar Animation Studios, explores how character and anatomy affect locomotion.

Week 07Predatory Movements


Marco Merenghi, Animation Director at Animal Logic, shares professional tips on how to portray stealth, strength and power.

Week 08Bringing Reality to Fantasy Creatures – Theory and Walkthrough


Animator Kenny Roy approaches a character that his pure fantasy by incorporating concepts from previous lectures.

Week 09Pushing Reality: Exaggeration in Realistic Movement


Pete Kelly, Lead Animator at Cinematico, highlights the importance of using exaggeration to bring creatures to life.

Week 10Advanced Predatory Behavior – Walkthrough


Will Groebe, Animation Supervisor at Tippett Studio, demonstrates his personal workflow techniques from blocking to final.

Week 11Production Polish


Will Groebe discusses how adding details and nuances to the polish pass is key to making character feel alive.

Week 12Review of Introduction to Animal and Creature Animation


Shawn Kelly and other instructors reinforce key concepts covered in the past 11 weeks.

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Creature Animation: Locomotion starts on September 29, 2014.
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