I love the tech behind animation, while I was at Disney Animation Studios this week I was able to play with Maya. I LOVE the Maya software, I played with it a brief amount during college and having a professional animator at my disposal was so helpful and made my day. Then after that we were taken into a room where we learned all about the rigging process. A director or someone that doesn’t know the technical aspects of animation or maybe he does know it but just wants to show someone how to change the camera view can use the rigging process. Check out this video of me walking through a scene of Wreck It Ralph while playing with the rigging cameras.
So they set up a box with tape with cameras all around to create a virtual box that can become a set. With all the cameras they create a virtual world and place some objects with tracking balls on them and you can use that to change the view within the virtual world. It’s like taking an armature and using it to animate a model, usually a human like model to animate the model. the armature isn’t rendered but the model moving is.
It’s amazing and I might not be describing it correctly but it really is amazing.
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