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3D Character Animation

3D Character Animation Fall 2012

Matthew | May 8, 2013

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I’m proud to showcase the student work of the 3D Character Animation. This course is the core course the 3D Animation certificate. It is only offered once every two years due to the budget cuts to California community college education. Regardless of the cuts, the classroom is full, and each student has their own unique goal in mind, as you can see in the video. For most of these students it is their very first animation course in 3D, and was a long but fruitful sixteen weeks. I hope you enjoy!

3D Character Animation, Fall 2012 from Matthew L. Stoehr on Vimeo.

You can find more about this course at, and here is an excerpt from the official curriculum.

ARTNM 422 3D Character Animation 3 Units

Prerequisite: ARTNM 420 with a grade of “C” or better
Advisory: ART 375 and DANCE 330
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB
Description: This course provides character animation techniques using industry standard software. The traditional principles from the golden years of Disney Studios are applied and translated to the computer generated 3D (CG 3D) environment; also to characters that walk, breathe, and act according to the twelve principles of animation. In addition, topics of focus are weight, thought process, and the wave principle. Technical issues, such as walking along an uneven ground and locomotion around obstacles, are addressed.

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