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Character Animation Presented by Abigail Atiwag Character Design Principles of Character Design Character design involves creating visually appealing and expressive characters that are well suited to their roles in stories or animations Key principles include silhouette shape language color psychology contrast and readability Character Development Developing characters involves defining their personalities backstories motivations and unique traits A well developed character feels three dimensional with strengths flaws and relatable qualities Creating Memorable Characters Memorable characters often have distinct visual characteristics memorable traits or catchphrases relatable emotions and compelling arcs or journeys that resonate with audiences Character Archetypes Archetypes are recurring character types or motifs found in storytelling Examples include the hero mentor villain sidekick and love interest Understanding archetypes can inform character design and development Character Animation Techniques Character Rigging Rigging involves creating a digital skeleton rig for a character defining joints controls and constraints for movement Rigging artists set up the rig to allow animators to pose and animate the character effectively Keyframe Animation Keyframe animation involves setting key poses or keyframes at specific points in an animation sequence Animators define key poses for the character s movement and the software interpolates between keyframes to create smooth motion Motion Capture MoCap Motion capture records the movements of actors or objects using sensors cameras or specialized suits This data is then applied to digital characters providing realistic movement and performances Facial Animation Facial animation focuses on animating a character s facial expressions emotions and lip movements Techniques include blend shapes morph targets bone based rigs for facial features and facial tracking for motion capture Lip Syncing Lip syncing involves synchronizing a character s lip movements with dialogue or vocals Animators match phonemes speech sounds to create believable lip movements and expressions corresponding to the spoken words Animation Principles Principles of Animation Animation principles are foundational concepts that guide the creation of compelling and believable animations These principles include squash and stretch adding flexibility and weight to objects anticipation preparing the audience for actions timing the speed and rhythm of movement follow through continuation of motion after an action and overlapping action multiple actions occurring simultaneously Posing Posing refers to the careful placement and staging of characters in key poses to convey emotions actions and storytelling beats effectively Strong poses communicate character personalities and intentions Character Movement Character movement encompasses walk cycles run cycles gestures body language and physical performances Animators consider weight balance momentum and physics to create convincing movement that suits the character s attributes and narrative context By integrating strong character design effective animation techniques and adherence to animation principles animators can bring characters to life with depth personality and emotional resonance enriching storytelling and engaging audiences THANK YOU

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SLU CMM 206 - Character Animation

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