Professor: Jennifer Steinkamp
office hours: 1:00-2:00 Mondays in Broad 4230, by appointment
TA: Jonathan Moore
office hours: Mondays 5-7 and by appointment, Broad 4230
Description: This course is an introduction to theories 3D form, spatial design, motion and lighting using 3D visualization and video tools. For example, tools originally designed for motion will be used to construct form. Aspects of time such as speed and duration will be used to contemplate form and interaction. The first half of the course involves weekly assignments focused towards an understanding of virtual in relation to real form. The second half is devoted to an individual project.
Grading: Grading is determined by the completion of all assignments. Attendance and participation are mandatory, these effect the grade. No more than 3 absences allowed. All assignments for this class should only be made for this class.
Look at Interesting Artists
1) Find an artistic image of an interior photograph or painting created by a known artist. Model it. Consider light, point of view, and what it means to change the original. Consider who or what is the point of view of the image, what feeling or idea is the artist trying to convey? We will use this environment to view the image as a VR virtual environment. You will be adding elements not seen in the artist's rendition. Due week 5
2) Model a small object 3 x 3 x 3 cm to be 3D printed at shapeways.com. Bring in a sketch idea week 3. A minigrant is paying for the print.
3) Anything you prefer utilizing what we have learned. Your project could be a 3D printed sculpture, a poster, a 3D typeface, a book, an animation, a VR project, an interactive project, a video with effects, etc. Present a proposal week 4
Grad students create their own assignments. But I recommend also creating a variation on assignment 1 in order to learn Maya.
Install this software on your Mac or PC:
Maya Software 3D Modeling Animation, Make an account, select Personal use. Login, under MANAGEMENT choose Maya->Downloads 2017 Platform etc Install Now
Maya Mac install bug fix, there is a conflict with the new mac OS
Maya Software update 3: Autodesk website, Login, under MANAGEMENT scroll down, choose Maya->Downloads, a popup widow appears, choose Updates & Add-ons Download Maya 2017 Update 3 Mac or PC
Arnold update for Maya Update Make an account, login, choose arnold->plugins->Arnold for Maya->Downloads->Go to the Downloads page->Maya 2017 etc
Mental Ray plug-in 3D Rendering, do not install the Stand Alone version
SketchUp for education 3D software good for importing models etc
Unity for VR
* You will also need a three-button mouse to use Maya.
Monday 4/3 Table Tutorial Maya Shortcuts Polygon Modeling Table
Start Assignment 1, Start thinking about a design for assignment 2
Wednesday 4/5 NURBS Modeling Form Unity VR Intro Primitives Unity VR Maya
Monday 4/10 More Polygon Modeling Polygon Modeling Cup Trims
Wednesday 4/12 Advanced NURBS Modeling Texture Mapping UV mapping polygons
Monday 4/17 Lighting Depth of Field Raytracing Backgrounds
Wednesday 4/19 Critique assignment 1 in progress and the sketches for assignment 2 in progress
Start thinking about Assignment 3
Thursday 4/20 Lecture in the EDA
What's Next? Conversations with DMA Alumni
DMA Career Development Event
Monday 4/24 Paint Effects Arnold Mental Ray Mental Ray advanced
Wednesday 4/26 Particles and Dynamics nCloth Dynamic Simulations
Discuss proposals for assignment 3, Start assignment 3
Monday 5/1 3D Printing
In class model assignment 2.
Wednesday 5/3 Critique assignment 1
Monday 5/8 Camera Animation Velocity, Bouncing Ball Motion Blur
Wednesday 5/10 Hierarchical Animation (Forward Kinematics)
Monday 5/15 Inverse Kinematics Mathematical Expressions MEL scripts Constraints
Wednesday 5/17 Critique assignment 3 in progress
Monday 5/22 Deformers Path Animation Critique assignment 2, last chance to turn in to be printed
Wednesday 5/24 Adobe Media Encoder mp4 encoding ffmpeg
Monday 5/29 MEMORIAL DAY
Wednesday 5/31 work in class
Monday 6/5 work in class
Wednesday 6/7 work in class
Wednesday 6/14 FINAL PRESENTATION all assignments 2PM l
All assignments will be turned in on the web.
User ID: Your login
Any animations 1080HD
Final renderings 3000 pixels or more