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ATEC 4337 Course

Advanced 3D Computer Animation
Credit Hours: 3 Time: T 6:00pm - 10:00pm Professor Midori Kitagawa, Ph.D. Phone: (972) 883-2806 Office: JO 4.810 Email: W 1:30-3:00pm or by appointment. ATEC 4337 is the third course in a series of three 3D computer animation courses. This course focuses on 3D keyframe animation. Understand principles of animation. Understand how timing gives meaning to motion. Create short animations that demonstrate student's understanding on the topics covered in this course. Develop skills for both collaborative and independent work in animation. Create an on-line "process book" in HTML format that documents the conceptual, technical, and artistic development throughout the semester. Enhance ability to discuss current issues related to 3D computer animation. Demonstrate the ability to offer both technical and aesthetic criticisms of the work of peers and self.

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Course Methodology

Students are expected to be participating and working in each and every class. Students are encouraged to collaborate in solving some of the difficult technical and conceptual problems that are part of their project. Class sessions will consist of lectures, demonstration, studio work, critiques, video reference, and discussions focusing on class assignments. The class format will take on a variety of styles, as the subject dictates. Examples will be presented and discussed in lectures, videos and demonstrations. Students will present their work in critique sessions. Students are encouraged to complete all work at the ATEC computer labs in order to benefit from collaborative learning with your peers. Students choosing to use "offsite" hardware and software must have their current working files on the system and available for review at the beginning of each and every class. Problems with "offsite" systems and/or incompatibility will not be an acceptable excuse for missed assignments.

Tentative Course Schedule (Course Schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. Check periodically for updates.)

Week Date



Getting Started with Mata


Wk 1 5/17

Setting up keys, graph editor Groups, Keyframe animation parenting, Hierarchy hierarch Order of transformation Changing order of transformation (bouncing ball demo no. 1) Deformer (bounding ball demo no.2) Playblast (hardware rendering) Expressions

Learning Resources -> Tutorials -> Getting Started with Maya -> Animation > Lesson 1 Keyframing and the Graph Editor

A1 given Reading: Lasseter's paper, Principle of Animation

Wk 2 5/24

Principles of animation

A1 process book due

Wk 3 5/31

Cinematography: camera

Character Setup: A1 work in Lesson 1 Skeletons progress and kinematics

Wk 4 6/7

Forward and inverse kinematics

IK handles and Animation -> solvers, limit Lesson 2 Set Driven A1 due on joint A2 given rotation angle key and damping Driven keys A2 process book due A2 work-in progress A2 due A3 given A3 process book due A3 work-in progress A3 due

Wk 5 6/14 Wk 6 6/21 Wk 7 6/28 Wk 8 7/5 Wk 9 7/12 Wk 10 7/19

Timing Mid-term Acting workshop Motion capture demo Procedural animation, dynamics Final project presentation


A1. Bouncing ball A2. Emotional walk A3. Final project

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Grading policy

Students must demonstrate satisfactory achievement of course objectives through fulfillment of course assignments and by contributing to class discussions and critiques. Course assignments will require students to use software and equipment available at the ATEC computer labs. Course evaluation will be based upon the following:


Assignments 1 and 2: 25% each, where 30% of each assignment grade is given to process book research. Assignment 3: 30% each, where 30% of the assignment grade is

given to process book research. Mid-term exam: 20% of the course grade . All students are required to be on time and in attendance for each and every class. Students arriving to class more than 15 minutes late will be counted as absent. Two (2) absences will lower a final grade by 1/2 a letter. Three (3) absences will lower your final grade by one letter. Four (4) absences will result in a failing grade ("F ") for the course.

Use of copyrigthed materials or intellectual property of others will result in a failing grade. Adherence to deadlines is expected. It is the individual student's responsibility to keep track of the goals and deadlines and to present the work to the class and instructor on the specified dates. Late assignments will affect your grade: 10% will be deducted for each class period. Students will be expected to make a formal presentation of their progress on dates specified by the course timeline. If you need to drop the class for any reason, you are responsible for initiating the drop procedure. Contact the Register's Office. If you do not withdraw by the specific drop date and you do not fulfill the requirements of the class, you will receive a failing grade. Grading Scale
A+/A AB+ B BC+ 4.00 3.67 3.33 3.00 2.67 2.33 C CD+ D DF 2.00 1.67 1.33 1.00 0.67

Textbooks Course Supplies Accommodation Process

None. (Reading assignments will be provided.) Notebook/Sketchbook Archive Material: CD or DVD It is the policy of UTD to provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations for individuals with documented disabilities. This University will adhere to all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford equal educational opportunity. It is the student's responsibility to contact the appropriate office in a timely manner if s/he desires to arrange for accommodations.

Scholastic Dishonesty UTD may initiate disciplinary proceedings against a student accused of scholastic dishonesty. Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to statements, acts, or omissions related to application for enrollment, the ward of a degree, and/or the submission of one's work of material that is not one's own. Scholastic dishonesty may involve one or more of the following acts; cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and falsifying academic records.

Cheating is the willful giving or receiving of information in an unauthorized manner during an examination, illicitly obtaining examination questions in advance, copying computer files, copying internet material, using someone else's work for assignments as if it were one's own, or any other dishonest means of attempting to fulfill the requirements of a course. Plagiarism is the use of an author's works or ideas as if they were one's own without giving credit to the source, including, but not limited to, failure to acknowledge a direct quotation. Copyright Violations It is a federal crime to reproduce copyrighted software. Anyone caught reproducing software from the UTD labs will be subject to disciplinary action. In addition, anyone caught reproducing outside software in the lab will automatically lose all lab privileges and will be subject to other disciplinary action as deemed necessary.