These weeks are going faster and faster. I am enjoying every second of it! and I can't wait for the next week to start!
So for week 3, we started our production work: learning file naming conventions, creating a short animatic, capturing reference shots and preparing to start making our first project.
For drawing, we started our first assignment for marks. Creating a drawing through observing light on white objects. We had to draw this with white conte on a black sheet of paper. A great challenge! So we will be finishing those up in the next week and seeing what improvements we can make or whether we have learned the decided outcome.
Animation we are doing the bouncing ball animation. My instructor decided since I have done this before, he challenged me to create 3 bouncing balls of different weights. This will also be for marks, so it has to be convincing.
In modelling we reviewed the bike wheels we modelled, and have now started modelling the object for our final project. Other than a few bruised vertices, my giant Eye is coming along nicely :)
Lighting class this week was great. We had our sunny day images marked, mine turned out well but I still need some practice on shadow quality. This was also the first class that everything made sense, shows that I'm starting to absorb the information and understand it all. For photography, we learned how to trick the camera into creating perfect shots in focus and exact to what your eye sees by changing the exposure. in Rigging, we learned some basic Python scripting, creating polygon shapes in maya with script and controlling them as well. We also worked on versioning and naming conventions for assets and files.
Compositing this week, we learned about merging images, using key switches, shuffles and creating masks.
Finally, in Particles & Dynamics we created rain and snow, learning to create the elements in a convincing way digitally.
We also had our first fie
Very cool week! Can't wait to see what more is in store!
We are now starting to really get things rolling. We have created our first storyboards and moved to animatics for our final project for the term. We have had some things assessed and marked. My mind is continually blown by all the things I learn, and by the skill level of the people around me. Major talent.
Most of the term we will be setting up assets for our final project, making giant things roll. I have had my model idea of an eyeball approved, as well am going to be doing 3 shots for my over all assignment, rather than one. I'm making sure to challenge myself.
We learned all about IK and FK rigs and how these kinematics work, we are starting to understand the curves in an animation graph by making a coin roll. We have learned how to manually use an SLR camera and successfully take images in a dark room (without flash).
The toughest part of all this is pacing yourself, and open your mind to new ways of seeing and understanding the world. I've had a good few headaches from moments like this, (and have taken up drinking...rootbeer)
As the first week comes to an end, it's been overwhelming but extremely exciting! I've learned many new things, enjoyed being back in school and being busy everyday but most of all re-kindling my love for 3D. It's amazing going through the journey of building your portfolio and applying for jobs. After mainly rejections, all you can think to yourself is "What am I doing wrong?" "What am I missing?". Skill. The answer is skill. The basics are there but the skill level needs to be boosted in order for your portfolio and demo reel to "wow" your audience. But this can be dis-heartening. No one is telling you what you need to fix, they just tell you "sorry, we aren't interested." But, then you walk through the doors of CG Masters academy and the first thing they tell you is, you need to up your skill and this is the place to do it.
This training is not for the faint of heart. You have to know you want it with all of your being. You have to be willing to learn, take harsh criticism and ready to grow.
Since this is the first week, I've spent a little under 40 hours here taking classes working on assignments and meeting some amazing people (and animals).
We started on Monday with an orientation, meeting the other students, learning the ropes and settling in to our work stations.I received the best warm welcome when I walked into class and was given a giant hug by the other token girl in the class, exclaiming "Oh My God Another GIRL!". By Tuesday my desktop is personalized, my desk is covered in nerdy plushies, note books, text books, pens and pencils, and of course a box of Scooby Snacks hidden behind my monitor for a late night snack.
But you aren't reading this to hear all the warm and fuzzy experiences, you are here to learn about the training!
First day of classes we endured through, production, drawing and animation. Learning the basic hierarchy of how the film industry works and where, as an artist, you fit in. After a quick break we dive right into drawing. Now this is not your typical art class of "this is a pencil...this is how you create a line..." this is observational drawing. We were given a white mug and told to draw what we see. Not draw the mug, but draw what we see. If you've never taken an observational art class before let me tell you, it's a challenge. Fun, but challenging to find all the shadows and highlights that gives the object it's 3-dimensionaliity. Finally to finish off the day we had our first animation class. We covered the basics of the Maya user-interface and how basic time and framing work. Having some knowledge of Maya, I was asked to animate a ball bouncing, from there being taught how to create the perfect bounce with the graph editor.
Our second day, one of our short days, consisted of rigging. This is one of my favourite things to do. Being given a model and making the controls to allow it to come to life. We learned how intensive rigging can be, and how it needs to be created to the needs of the animation not for accurate anatomical purposes. We practiced set driven keys and moving a camera rig.
We started our third day off with lighting class. Having our minds blown at being shown a whole new way to look at the world. All we see is light, not things. We see the light reflecting off objects creating a reverse image at the back of our eye giving our brain the information, flipping it around so we can see. Seeing how different light is in reality vs a 3-dimensional world. Following lighting we had photography class. Learning how to use an SLR Camera properly. Being sworn to never use AUTO mode ever again. Once you learn manual mode, you can master any camera. As well the golden rule of photography: Balance between ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperature.
For our fourth day we learned all about compositing. What it is, the history of it and the program we will be using to do our compositing: Nuke. Nuke is a node based program, allowing you to add, subtract and make film have that final shine. Compositing has been around since the 1800's with the first use of "mattes" to bring in special effect.
Our final class, particles & dynamics, was awesome. We learned how to use Houdini and what a powerhouse program it is. We built simple special effects such as fireworks and learned how the major special effects are created.
Now with homework from every class and new challenges ahead I'm super excited for next weeks lessons!
Starting today at 11:00am will be the beginning of my education at CG Masters Academy! I can't express how excited I am!
I am going to give an overview of classes and projects and such at the end of each week, as most of my time will be spent working on projects.
Today's agenda: Composition, Drawing & Animation. Can't wait!