Projects. The seminar has 3 projects, each of which should involve teams of 2 to 4 people. The first is a three-week animation project, aiming to race through the production pipeline to produce a 10-second animation. The goals of this project are to quickly learn about the process of creating an animation using today's technology. The second project is a three-week technology project where each team investigates some new technology that would be helpful for creating animations. The third project is a longer (six-week) animation project, where teams create a longer (20-30 second) animation. The goals of this project are to incorporate new technologies developed in the second project, to visit the production pipeline in more depth (e.g. better final lighting and rendering), and to tell a more complete story.
Presentations. During the semester, each participant will make two 15-minute presentations: either two technology presentations or one technology and one art presentation. The technology presentations (marked 'T' below) report on some technical paper or papers, or just some overview of technology. The art presentations (marked 'A' below) present some new medium or style of animation or try to tie some elements together from different animations. Hopefully we watch lots of interesting animations for the art part.
WEEK 1 T, Feb. 2: (AF) Overview, Animation Pipeline Th, Feb. 4: (AF) Pipeline, Principles of Animation, Highlights of NPR WEEK 2 T, Feb. 9: Storyboard Review, Sign-up day Th, Feb. 11: Presentations: (Modeling) T: Surface Reps (funk->af), T: Warps and Deformations (milliron), A: Stop Motion, Clay, Nightmare (af) WEEK 3 T, Feb. 16: Presentations: -- Modeling T: Acquisition (tsanocki) T: Subdivision (emilp) A: Stop Motion Setup (benshedd) Th, Feb. 18: Presentations: -- Modeling? T: Sketch (wxd) T: NPR (wilmotli) A: Abstraction (milliron) WEEK 4 T, Feb. 23: Presentations: Articulation -- T:achtermn, T:zhiyan, A:rodgers Shape Interpolation, inbetweens Th, Feb. 25: Final Animation Review WEEK 5 T, Mar. 2: Technology Idea Review Th, Mar. 4: Presentations: Articulation -- T:cgeorges, T:btfujito, A:lenap Avars WEEK 6 T, Mar. 9: Presentations: Animation -- T:lenap, T:zhiyan, A:wilmotli Simulation, Kinematics, Inverse Kinematics, Space-time constraints, Motion capture, Motion reuse and alteration Th, Mar. 11: class canceled WEEK 7 -- SPRING BREAK WEEK 8 T, Mar. 23: Finished Technology Review Th, Mar. 25: Presentations: Animation -- T:tsanocki, T:wailee, A:kdmukai WEEK 9 T, Mar. 30: class canceled Th, Apr. 1: Storyboard Review WEEK 10 T, Apr. 6: Presentations: Shading -- T:waingan, T:kdmukai, A:apleamon Texture maps, procedural shading, bump maps, displacement maps, shading languages, noise functions Th, Apr. 8: Presentations: Shading -- T: wxd, T:aclipski, A:achtermn WEEK 11 T, Apr. 13: Art and Model Review Th, Apr. 15: Presentations: Shading -- T:rodgers, T:btfujito, A:cgeorges WEEK 12 T, Apr. 20: Presentations: Lighting and Rendering -- T:aclipski, T:emilp, A:tsanocki Raytracing, Radiosity, Scan-conversion and fancy tricks, Shadows and reflections, NPR Th, Apr. 22: class canceled WEEK 13 T, Apr. 27: Shading and Lighting Review Th, Apr. 29: Presentations: Lighting and Rendering -- T:min, T:apleamon, A:waingan WEEK 14 -- READING PERIOD WEEK 15 May 11 (Dean's Date): Final Animation Review ... has been moved by popular demand to: WEEK 16 May 18 Final Animation Review