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Mechanical Rigging

An 8-week course exploring the various mechanical rigging challenges in Maya and putting it all together in a final project

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Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Lectures created in Maya 2018.4. Student software requirement: Maya 2017 or later
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Deadlines each week
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individually recorded
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Intro to Rigging ; a working beginner's knowledge of how to rig
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Lectures created in Maya 2018.4. Student software requirement: Maya 2017 or later
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Deadlines each week
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individually recorded
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Intro to Rigging ; a working beginner's knowledge of how to rig
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Lectures created in Maya 2018.4. Student software requirement: Maya 2017 or later
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Deadlines each week
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individually recorded
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Intro to Rigging ; a working beginner's knowledge of how to rig
COURSE OVERVIEW
COURSE OVERVIEW
Course Trailer
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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
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The more you know, the better.

Week 1 | Introduction and Course Overview | Mechanical Rigging Foundations 1

Inspiration and reference

Week 2 | Mechanical Rigging Foundations 2

Questions to ask before you start rigging | Model review and preparation (clean model, handling model changes) | Rig organization (model, anim controls, and rig nodes) | Transforms, joints and hierarchies (world/obj/local spaces) | Pivot point strategies (ways to find pivot points) | Creating pivot utility scripts and your own tool script library | Working with joints (orients, euler/gimbal, rotation order)

Week 3 | Industrial Robot Arm Rig 1

FK, IK, and FK/IK | Creating animation controls | Connecting animation controls to rig | Attaching geometry to rig (parenting, constraining, skinning) | Cleaning up the rig | Packaging and versioning the rig

Week 4 | Industrial Robot Arm Rig 2

Model check and rig prototyping | Creating rig and joint hierarchy | Pistons | Control creation | Attaching geometry | Testing, troubleshooting, and cleaning up

Week 5 | Industrial Robot Arm Rig 3

Questions to ask before you start rigging | Breaking down the rig | Model prep and organization | Quick rig prototyping | Base skeleton and rig controls | Main body skeleton and rig controls | Attaching geometry

Week 6 | Mechanical Rigging Scripts/Tools | Cambot Rig 1

Head and neck skeleton and rig controls | Leg skeleton and rig controls | Replicating the leg rig | Attaching geometry

Week 7 | Cambot Rig 2

Antenna | Tubes/cables | Dynamic rigging setups | Attaching geometry | Motion testing | Final rig cleanup and organization

Week 8 | Cambot Rig 3 | Class Wrap Up

Final rigs

Mechanical Rigging
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Instructor

Real heroes don't wear capes they teach.

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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Chris Orfanidis

Tim Coleman is the best instructor I had so far at CGMA. Actually he is something more than just an instructor. He is a mentor.

Ricardo Medina

Tim is easily the best online instructor I’ve had. Maybe even the best teacher I’ve ever had. He is knowledgeable, patient, thorough in his explanations and takes an interest in the students.

Brett Phelps

Tim is an amazing teacher, and I’m so glad I took this class. He does a fantastic job of explaining Python, which is something I’ve struggled with in the past.

Aaron Raeck

Extremely quick and thoughtful in his responses to forum and QA questions. Almost invariably going beyond the scope of each question to give further insight.

Andrew Brownridge

The course content was very clear, with explanations of the workflow that were easy to understand. The content was paced very well and provided plenty of challenges to help learn the methodological and analytical skills required in this occupation.

Eric Hug

What the course description doesn’t mention is that Tim also focuses on how to rig in a far more Professional Manner throughout the course. He does this by sharing tools he’s developed in his day-to-day use and breaks them down for those interested in becoming professional riggers.

Diana Donado

In this course, I had 2 different instructors: the one in the lecture videos and another one during the Q&A. They both complemented each other and gave me different ways of doing things or point of views, which is very good.

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