Animation Fundamentals: Animating a Ball Bounce

In this animation fundamentals tutorial, we'll learn about timing and spacing. These principles are some of the most important principles for any animation. Software required: Maya 2016.
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Dec 14, 2015
Duration
1h 22m
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Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Dec 14, 2015
Duration
1h 22m
Description

In this animation fundamentals tutorial, we'll learn about timing and spacing. These principles are some of the most important principles for any animation. We'll start out this course by learning why timing is crucial for making your animation appear believable. We'll also learn how it's used to embody a character with more personality, a thought process and emotion. Then we'll dive into spacing and learning how important it is for making your animations realistic and appealing. We'll take what we've learned and apply it to one of the most vital animation exercises: the bouncing ball animation. While a bouncing ball may seem simple, there's a lot of important techniques and principles to learn from this exercise. Although we'll be using Maya in this course, you'll be able to transfer the information to your preferred 3D program. By the end of this course, you'll have a solid understanding of principles and techniques used to create great 2D and 3D animations. Software required: Maya 2016.

About the author
About the author

Mark started out with an interest for animation at a young age, and it eventually transformed into a passion for the subject. Mark made an impact on the industry quickly, working for Pluralsight (Digital-Tutors) as an Animation and Rigging Instructor. Currently, he is working as an animator on the popular children's series Floogals for NBC Sprouts.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction and Project Overview
Hi, I'm Mark Masters. In this course in the Animation Fundamentals series, we're going to learn about the principle of timing and spacing, arguably one of the most vital principles to any animation. We'll start out this course by understanding what timing is, why it's so important for not only making your animations appear believable, but also how it's used to embody a character with more personality, a thought process, and emotion. We'll then dive into understanding spacing and how important it is for making your animations more realistic and appealing. We'll then take what we've learned about timing and spacing, and apply it to one of the most crucial animation exercises, which is the ball bounce animation. On the surface, the ball bounce may seem simple but there are so many important techniques and principles that can be taken from this exercise. Throughout this course, we'll be using Maya but as long as you have a basic knowledge of the animation tools in your 3D application of choice, you should be able to follow along just fine, because we will not be getting into any specific tools that are unique to one application, but rather learn about the principles and techniques that are involved in creating great animations, no matter what medium, whether 3D or 2D. Now I'm really excited to get started so let's jump right in and learn about timing in the next lesson.