CDFP

Character Design For Production

An 8-week course diving into the tasks involved with character design in a production pipeline

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Course Overview

Designing Characters for Production

This class will focus on taking your character designs through a production pipeline and learning to make your designs functional for animation. In this course, you will be acting as a professional Character Designer. We will cover both common and important types of assignments that will be expected of you as a working professional. You will walk out of this class with not only the experience of a real professional setting, but also with professional work that you will be proud to showcase in your portfolio.

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Course Format:   Standard
Lecture Type:   Pre-recorded
Feedback:   Individual recordings
Duration:   8 weeks
Assignment:   Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Q&A:   Once a week
Materials:   Photoshop (or equivalent), Wacom tablet (or equivalent)
Skills level:   Intermediate
Prerequisites:   Character Design for Animation

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What you'll learn

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Learn what it takes to develop a story for your character. We will break down the importance of why you should even be creating your character in the first place. Profession can influence your character’s design, as well as their props.
We will be exploring how to create a character pose sheet. Body language plays a key role when developing a character. Simple posing will make all the difference in persuading your audience that your character is actually alive.
After posing comes expressions. Once again, personality is what makes a character believable. We will design how our character deals with emotions in these sheets, and use our previous posing as influence for taking our characters further.
This week you will learn how to turn around a character to properly prepare it for modeling or animating. You will learn how to packet your character, along with character expressions and poses, and present them in a clean and professional fashion.
The pose of all poses: the hero pose. How would you pose your character if you were competing for $1 million? You will learn what it takes to show the ultimate image of your character, and how to completely represent them in one artwork.
Cleaning up your poses, expressions, & character turn around in a professional & finished way. Try to think of this assignment as the one you've been waiting for all term. We've avoided making final choices and cleaning up our designs so we could focus on functionality in our work. Now it's time to make everything have a nice sense of continuity across all your work from this term so far.
We will explore additional characters, that will support the main character we have been focusing on all term. This will help you learn how to design for a whole story, rather than individual characters that are not related. Then we will put them on screen! We will focus on creating a cinematic moment for our characters this week. Story, acting, posing, and even environment will all come into play in this one cinematic shot.
In this week, you will be treated as professionals. You will be handed a professional freelance assignment, along with prepare your work from the previous weeks to look great in a portfolio.
Instructor

Igniting your imagination

Nate Wragg was born in Davis, CA in 1983. He took an interest in drawing and painting at an early age. After graduating high school, he studied animation and design at The California Institute of the Arts in Southern California. Since then, Wragg has gone on to work as an illustrator and designer on various projects-including Ratatouille, Toy Story 3 and Puss in Boots. He was one of the primary character designers on the Pixar Feature Toy Story 3. As well as designing characters, Nate was also the Production Designer of Pixar’s short film Your Friend the Rat and has been involved in designing several main title sequences, most notably the animated end titles for Ratatouille. Most recently he was the Production Designer on Captain Underpants.

COURSE BEGINS

October 14th!

August 6th - October 22nd

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$699

COURSE BEGINS

October 14th!

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Employer Reimbursement

Animation Guild CSATTF

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Companies that hire our students

  • Naughty Dog
  • Luma Pictures
  • Google
  • EA Games
  • DreamWorks Animation
  • Blizzard Entertainment

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