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Grooming for VFX

An 8-week course where students will learn to develop fur and hair for VFX

Course Categories
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Lectures recorded using Maya 2018. Student materials include: Maya, Photoshop, Mari (or equivalent such as Mudbox, or Substance painter), Yeti, Arnold (or equivalent, Renderman, V-Ray, etc)
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 10-20 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and assignment.
Skills Level:
Intermediate to Advanced
Feedback:
Individually Recorded
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
A great understanding of Maya, some rendering, texturing, and lookdev base. Basic knowledge of Photoshop | Course Pre-Reqs include Intro to Production Modeling, Sculpting Anatomy: From Animal to Creature, Texturing for Film/Cinematics
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Lectures recorded using Maya 2018. Student materials include: Maya, Photoshop, Mari (or equivalent such as Mudbox, or Substance painter), Yeti, Arnold (or equivalent, Renderman, V-Ray, etc)
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 10-20 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and assignment.
Skills Level:
Intermediate to Advanced
Feedback:
Individually Recorded
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
A great understanding of Maya, some rendering, texturing, and lookdev base. Basic knowledge of Photoshop | Course Pre-Reqs include Intro to Production Modeling, Sculpting Anatomy: From Animal to Creature, Texturing for Film/Cinematics
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Lectures recorded using Maya 2018. Student materials include: Maya, Photoshop, Mari (or equivalent such as Mudbox, or Substance painter), Yeti, Arnold (or equivalent, Renderman, V-Ray, etc)
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 10-20 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and assignment.
Skills Level:
Intermediate to Advanced
Feedback:
Individually Recorded
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
A great understanding of Maya, some rendering, texturing, and lookdev base. Basic knowledge of Photoshop | Course Pre-Reqs include Intro to Production Modeling, Sculpting Anatomy: From Animal to Creature, Texturing for Film/Cinematics
COURSE OVERVIEW
COURSE OVERVIEW
Instructor Trailer
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
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The more you know, the better.

Week 1 | Introduction to Grooming and xGen

What the grooming is | When and where it’s used in production | Showing different part of our job (digi doubles, creatures, grass, | Feathers …) with examples. | Talking about the different software used and the one we will use. | Starting to setup a basic scene with a sphere and some fur. | Talking about xGen and explaining the base of the soft and parameters

Week 2 | Digital Doubles / Haircut Creation Part 1

Talking quickly about what we will do | Showing them the references and how I setup my references / how I interpret them. What’s important to take care of. | Setup the project, what to be very careful with xgen (naming etc..) | Starting the guides creation. (most important thing) | Quick guide clump pass and explication of the node.

Week 3 | Digital Doubles / Haircut Creation Part 2

Finishing the curve work. (If it’s not on the first part) | Clump 1 – 2 and 3. How to paint the different maps. Showing few scripts (seExpr) | Talking about the ptex map that we are creating in the mean time and how it works | Noise, cut, etc

Week 4 | Digital Doubles / Haircut Creation Part 3

Eyelashes | Eyebrows | Peach fuzz | Finishing Digital Double

Week 5 | Creature / Animal Part 1

Setup and starting the animal

Week 6 | Creature / Animal Part 2

Guide Work Body | Guide work face | Setup the clump

Week 7 | Creature / Animal Part 3

Finishing

Week 8 | Introduction to Yeti

All about Yeti, from scratch to something basic

Grooming for VFX
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Instructor

Taking your skills to the next level

Kristin Farrensteiner is a BA graduate of the University of Applied Science Hanover and CG generalist, best known for movies such as "Avengers: Endgame" & "Wonder Woman 1984", and she is currently working as Groom Technical Director for DNEG.
In earlier days she experimented with real-time hair simulation and gained both experience working in Game Development and Advertisement Industries, joining "Infected GmbH" in 2016. During that time she specialized in Grooming & Lookdev, and joined the Film Industry. At present, she functions as a Greenlight Mentor for DNEG, while delivering VFX and Grooming Expertise for Hollywood Style Movies.

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We always got really helpful feedback. I only watched a few feedback videos of the other students but I think I can say that the instructor knows exactly how he can help everybody individually at the right knowledge level.

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SUMMER TERM REGISTRATION
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COURSE BEGINS
July 16th
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