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CREATURE ANIMATION SELF GUIDED

You'll learn how to create believable and dynamic creature animations, from the basics of creature anatomy and locomotion to advanced techniques like flight mechanics and creature combat. You'll also learn how to use the latest animation software and tools to create stunning creature animations. By the end of this course, you'll have the skills and confidence to create amazing creature animations that will make you stand out from the competition.

Instructor: Jerome Rodgers-Blake
Course Duration: 12 weeks
Skill level: Intermediate - Advanced
Software: Autodesk Maya
Course Cost: £450 GBP
This course can be taken at anytime
Project Files: Included
Certificates Awarded

COURSE BREAKDOWN

WEEK 01

QUADRUPEDS ANATOMY AND ANIMATION: WALK CYCLES

In this class, you will learn the fundamental techniques for creating a convincing quadruped walk cycle. You will also gain an understanding of how to analyze creature anatomy to inform your animation choices.

WEEK 02

CREATURE BEHAVIOR STUDY

In this class, you will learn the basics of replicating common creature behaviors to create believable motion. Understanding how creatures behave is crucial to animating them realistically, and you will be taught important techniques to achieve this. By the end of the class, you will have the skills to create more convincing creature animations.

WEEK 03

WEIGHT IN LARGE CREATURES

In this week's lesson, you will learn how to apply weight to large creatures, an essential skill for animators seeking to create believable and dynamic animations.

WEEK 04

QUADRUPED LOCOMOTION: RUN CYCLES

In this week's class, students will be instructed on the techniques and principles of animating creature run cycles. The class will delve into the intricacies of applying the correct timing, spacing, and weight to these movements in order to create convincing and dynamic animations.

WEEK 05

ANATOMY OF WINGS AND ANIMATION

In this week's class, you will gain an understanding of the intricacies involved in animating wings. You will learn how to study the anatomy of wings, and how that knowledge can be applied to create realistic and compelling wing animations.

WEEK 06

FLYING AND GLIDING CYCLES

In this class, you will be taught the art of creating dynamic flying and gliding cycles for a variety of winged creatures. Through a detailed study of wing anatomy and movement, you will learn to create fluid and natural animations that capture the essence of flight.

WEEK 07

TAKE OFF'S AND LANDINGS: PART 01

In this week's class, we will focus on mastering takeoff and landing animations for flying creatures. We will explore the principles of body mechanics, wing positioning, and leg power to create realistic and captivating flight sequences. Through demonstrations and examples, you will gain a solid understanding of these dynamic movements.

WEEK 08

TAKE OFF'S AND LANDINGS: PART 02

In part two of the class, you'll witness an instructor-led demo on takeoff and landing animations for flying creatures. You'll learn to apply body mechanics, wing positioning, and leg power. With guided practice and feedback, you'll refine your own animations, creating captivating flight sequences. By the end, you'll master the techniques to bring your flying creatures to life with lifelike takeoff and landing animations.

WEEK 09

ANIMATION PROJECT 01 - CREATURE FIGHT SCENE PLANNING

In Week 1 of the project, you will begin your creature fight scene project by learning essential steps for successful planning, gathering references, and setting up your scene

WEEK 10

ANIMATION PROJECT 02 - CREATURE FIGHT SCENE BLOCKING

Stage 2 of the creature fight scene project will involve blocking out the entire scene to establish a reasonable scope. You will learn how to efficiently plan and execute the layout of the scene to optimize the animation process.

WEEK 11

ANIMATION PROJECT 03 - CREATURE FIGHT SCENE SPLINING

In stage 3, you will focus solely on animating your creature fight scene. You will receive valuable workflow tips and tricks to help you streamline your work and create a compelling and dynamic animation.

WEEK 12

ANIMATION PROJECT 04 - CREATURE FIGHT SCENE FINAL POLISH & CAMERAS

During the final stage of the course, you will receive guidance on adding intricate details to your animation to take it to the next level. This week will challenge you to push your abilities to their limits and produce a final product that truly showcases your newfound skills.

COURSE BENEFITS

Project Files: Included

Your instructor has prepared your files in an easy to digest format. 

AAA Community Discord Server

When you join AAA you gain access to our private server, to communicate with other students.

Pro tools and scripts

AAA is invested in your success. That's why we have bundled our tools and scripts in this course.

Study in your own time

Have a busy schedule? no problem at AAA you can study in your own time.

Certificates Awarded

Show off your new skills, online and on your CV!

24/7 Customer Support

AAA is committed to your development, this is why we offer 24/7 customer support to ensure you have a smooth learning experience.

ENROLL
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>     Age: 30
>     Expertise: Animation
   Experience: 8+ Years

" Pride yourself on excellence and adding value"

JEROME RODGERS-BLAKE

MENTORS SHOWREEL

Meet Your Instructor

Jerome is a highly experienced Lead Animator with nearly a decades worth of experience in the Games industry, having contributed to the development of numerous AAA titles such as;

Totalwar: Warhammer 2 (2018)
Totalwar: Warhammer 3 (2021)
Lords of the Fallen (2023)


He possesses extensive knowledge and expertise in character and creature animation and is the esteemed founder of the Advanced Animation Academy. Jerome is a prominent figure in the animation community, recognized for his contributions as a speaker at GDC Microtalks 2022.
 

With a passion for sharing his expertise and enabling others to reach their full potential, Jerome offers a diverse range of exceptional courses and classes designed to provide you with the tools and techniques needed to elevate your skills to the next level. His courses are expertly crafted and tailored to deliver practical and digestible content that will enable you to achieve your goals in the field of animation.

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