Project Description

Maya 3D animation software offers a comprehensive creative feature set for 3D computer animation, modeling, simulation, rendering, and compositing on a highly extensible production platform. Maya has next-generation display technology, accelerated modeling workflows, and tools for handling complex data.Maya® 3D animation is used by all major Animated Film Production studios such as Blue Sky, Disney-Pixar, Dreamworks, Universal, 2Oth Century Fox and has been used to produce the greatest 3D Animated Films of all time. Come learn on the software that professionals use!  The course will introduce you the basics for 3D computer animation. Ever wonder how your favorite 3D Animated Movies are made ? Find out and learn why 3D is the NEXT BIG thing in Animation!

Mediums & Media/Programs Used

  • Graphic Pen
  • Digital Tablet
  • Maya 3D

Subject Covered

  • Computer Literacy
  • 12 Principles of Animation
  • Rigging

INSTRUCTORS

Joe-Zaffuto

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Joe Zaffuto

3D Animation / 2D Animation & Gaming Instructor

Joe Zaffuto is a graduate of Ringling College of Art & Design, receiving a BFA in Computer Animation in 1999. I then obtained a MFA Degree specializing in Modeling from The Academy of Art University of San Francisco.

With over 14 years that span over a plethora of different projects from college instruction, movies, television, and video games. My true passion is for lighting, and art direction, but I also love to instruct, inspire and lead.

Genesis Laboy

2D & 3D Animation Instructor

Genesis Laboy was born and raised in Puerto Rico. As a kid I was always interested in film and animation but never imagined this could be a career for me. After moving to Florida I’ve had the opportunity to grow as an artist by exploring both traditional and digital mediums while learning the different steps of the production pipeline.

My background in theatrical lighting helped me with the transition into digital lighting for animated movies while working on the short film Tiffany and attending the University of Central Florida. I’ve since dedicated myself to learning as much as a can about lighting so that I can enhance the look of the animated projects I am a part of.

Frankie Caldarazzo

2D & 3D Animation Instructor

Frankie Caldarazzo is a 2D/3D animator and digital artist with a degree in Emerging Media from the University of Central Florida, specializing in Character Animation. He has been drawing for most of his life and has focused on digital artwork since 2010, driven by his passion for cartoons and storytelling. Some of his experience includes creating motion graphics and animation for the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team as well as a variety of graphic design work for numerous businesses and apparel.

In his spare time, he creates character concepts and illustrations inspired by tabletop RPGs he enjoys playing with his friends. Some of the programs he has used to create his work include the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, and Flash), After Effects, Cinema 4D, and Maya.