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Character Facial Rigging for Production

An 8-week course bringing life and expressions to models through face rigging

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Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Autodesk Maya
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 10-20 hours per week viewing lecture videos, participating in Q&As, and working on assignments
Skills Level:
Intermediate to Advanced
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Basic knowledge of rigging
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Autodesk Maya
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 10-20 hours per week viewing lecture videos, participating in Q&As, and working on assignments
Skills Level:
Intermediate to Advanced
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Basic knowledge of rigging
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Autodesk Maya
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 10-20 hours per week viewing lecture videos, participating in Q&As, and working on assignments
Skills Level:
Intermediate to Advanced
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Basic knowledge of rigging
COURSE OVERVIEW
COURSE OVERVIEW
Instructor Trailer
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
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The more you know, the better.

Week 1 | Introduction

Teacher introduction | Facial expressions | Facial rigging and different types (cartoon, realistic, games, shape-based, deformer-based) | Maya Basics and useful Tools

Week 2 | Topology and FACS

Face Topology Overview | Checking our Model | Maya Modelling Toolkit for Retopo | FACS and AU in detail

Week 3 | Joint Skeleton & Controls

What’s the plan? | Getting the jaw pivot right | Skeleton Layout | Control Layout | Skinning

Week 4 | Blendshape Modelling

What Shapes are we going to do? | Maya to Mudbox & ZBrush | Shapes Modelling | How to Export back to Maya | How to Make Symmetrical, Mirror, Flip or Split Shapes

Week 5 | Importing and Connecting the Shapes

Import Shapes into Maya | Organize Shapes | Get Left & Right Side for each Shape | Connect Blendshapes into our Rig

Week 6 | Blendshape Control Setup

Create a Base Control to Drive Shapes | Control Layout and Connection to Shapes | EyeLook Control Setup | Mouth Position Control

Week 7 | Eyelid Setup

Eyelid Concepts | Simple Joint Blink Setup | Full Cartoon Rig Eyelid Setup

Week 8 | Finishing the Rig + Extras

Lips & Eyebrow Rig Setup | Jaw Corrective Shape | Sticky Lips | Lattice | Test Animation

Character Facial Rigging for Production
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Instructor

Bringing out the best in talent

Jose Antonio Martin Martin is a software engineer from Spain who has been working as a character TD / rigger in the VFX industry for the last 8+ years. He has worked for studios such as Framestore, MPC, DNEG and is currently working at ILM. During his career he has worked on many blockbuster projects including Gravity, Terminator Genisys, Suicide Squad, Ghost in the Shell, and Venom.

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STUDENT INTERVIEWS
Tips & Tricks on Character Rigging
Tips & Tricks on Character Rigging
Facial Rigging With Blendshapes
Facial Rigging With Blendshapes
Working on a Face Rig for a Stylized Character in Maya
Working on a Face Rig for a Stylized Character in Maya
SUMMER TERM REGISTRATION
Apr 29, 2021 - Jul 19, 2021
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$699
COURSE BEGINS
July 10th

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Antony Manley

The instructor was informative, helpful and open to communication throughout the duration of the course. Cannot recommend enough.

Derrick Smith

I really appreciate the instructor’s attitude in conveying the material and he worked hard to try and teach us advanced approaches and details.

Christian Zanghellini-Silva

I liked how he kept what little mistakes he made in the videos and showed how he fixed them, it provided substantial amount of insight to the thought process to being a good rigger.

Michael Spalla

I learned a lot about Maya Rigging Characters for Facial Expressions in this class. The instructor enlightened and motivated students to learn.

Eduardo Enriquez

I learned exactly what I wanted and more.

Daniel Lizzama

The course was excellent and extremely professional. This is one of the best courses I have taken in some time. It is very much University quality.

Sayer Brawley

Jose is such an amazing instructor! He explains things thoroughly so that even a beginner like my self can follow along with success!!!

Elina Sievänen

Jose was very gentle in his critiques and has a vast knowledge on the subject. I also appreciate the fact that he didn’t cut his mistakes out from the lectures and showed the debugging process, as it’s really important part of rigging.

Mert Oner

He was very responsive and definitely encouraged everyone to learn more and search more to have a deep understanding of the topics.

Anders Dick

Very profesional; I didn’t have any questions, that he wouldn’t / couldn’t answer. Gave his perspective on matters / ways to do things and how he would or had done it before. Gave feedback on demoreel and what would be nice to update & put in there.

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Earn a Certificate of Completion when you complete and turn in 80% of course assignments.

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Character Facial Rigging for Production
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SUMMER TERM REGISTRATION
Apr 29, 2021 - Jul 19, 2021
ONLY
$699
COURSE BEGINS
July 10th
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