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Cheap Tricks: Animation Shortcuts for Storytelling
Lecture    AV3093
Ben Ortiz
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, John Higgs
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Description

This class covers several techniques for shortening the amount of time needed to produce architectural animations. The class demonstrates the impact of planning during the layout and animatic phase of an animation project and how camera decisions can save time and money.

Key Learnings

  • Explain how different cameras impact the amount of time needed in production
  • Use a technique of pushing on a still rendering while applying animation on top of the rendering to give it a dynamic feel
  • Use tricks to transition between cameras in a 2D state
  • Describe the production workflow for the animation pipeline

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Ben has focused his career on contributing groundbreaking 3d visual effects to the computer graphics industry. His work has been featured in industry publications such as, Expose, Elemental, and Vanity Fair. He has spent the past decade working on prestigious accounts to develop the renowned Dallas Arts District. His award winning images feature Norman Foster's Winspear Opera House, Koolhaas' Wyly Theater, and the acclaimed Klyde Warren Park. Ben serves as Senior Art Director at the Corgan MediaLab where he oversees artistic output of the studio to ensure it is at the highest level. He leads the studio's production teams by consistently creating innovative and impactful animations with creative passion. The MediaLab produces 2d & 3d visual effects for clients including Adidas, Hyundai, Dell, Mountain Dew, Atari, Nokia, and Chase. Ben also serves on the advisory board at The Art Institute of Dallas and on the portfolio review board for ABOSG, a Dallas-based non-profit animation guild.
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John Higgs is the founder and president of Corgan MediaLab. He has honed his studio’s craft over the past 20-plus years, and now the Lab is recognized as a regional leader in the field of architectural visualization. He has produced animations for a variety of architectural projects, ranging from international airports, office complexes, data centers, transit projects, and hospitals. Higgs has also worked in the broadcast, film, interactive, music, and video game industries for clients such as Adidas, Hyundai Motor Company, Dell, Mountain Dew by Pepsico, Atari, Nokia Networks; JPMorgan Chase Bank. While under his leadership, Corgan MediaLab has been honored with numerous awards and has been featured in many publications. Higgs has spoken at Autodesk University for several years and at other conferences on the topics of technology and storytelling. He has also served on the advisory board at Full Sail University and acted as a visiting instructor at Texas Tech University for a graduate-level animation course
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