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Character Rigging 3

Facial Rig Creation

Students will further learn the rigging principles, pipeline used when creating a character rig and how to build a robust facial rig. The second half of the workshop, the student will continue with facial animation and learn about tools creation possibilities that can be done with Python. The instructor will also talk about plug-ins and automating a riggers workflow.

11 week access to:

  • Live & Recorded Classes
  • Extra Lectures by Jason Ryan, CineSite Animation Director.
  • Feature Rigs

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Concepts and Theory Students will learn the current state of face rigging technology. Key projects highlighting facial rigs will be reviewed. Key concepts such as emotion, communication, and lip sync will be discussed. The FACS system and thee Uncanny Valley and their implications to facial rigging will be explained. Also the differences between types of face rigs for film and games will be covered.

Anatomy of the face and neck. It's mandatory for students to understand the anatomy of a face to rig it correctly. Students will learn the landmarks of the skull, the parts of the face and all the underlying muscles. The muscles of the neck and their connection to the head will also be covered.

Week-by-Week Topic

  • Week 1 - Concepts and Theory
  • Week 2 - Anatomy of the face and neck.
  • Week 3 - Skeleton and Geometry requirements
  • Week 4 - Skinning the neck, head, and jaw.
  • Week 5 - The Eyes Joint placement for the aim system
  • Week 6 - Eyes part two
  • Week 7 - The FACS system
  • Week 8 - FACS part 2
  • Week 9 - Phonemes, and Vizimes
  • Week 10 - Working with the shapes in the rig
  • Week 11 - The Interface

Workshop Instructor

Next Workshops start July 1, 2024

Price Per Workshop: $999

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