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VFX Techniques: Space Scene 01: Maya Animation and Dynamic Simulation

VFX Techniques: Space Scene 01: Maya Animation and Dynamic Simulation

with Lee Lanier

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VFX Techniques: Space Scene 01: Maya Animation and Dynamic Simulation
3h 8m Intermediate Jan 31, 2014

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Take a journey to another world with Lee Lanier and learn how to animate and render a professional-looking space scene with Maya. In this course, the first in a two-part series, Lee provides you with two prebuilt models, a spaceship and an asteroid, which you'll keyframe to create a near-miss meeting in an orbit around an alien planet. You'll also add cameras, light your scene, and set up render layers and mental ray render passes to give the animation color and depth. Last, Lee shows you how to focus the ship's laser beam on the asteroid, shattering its surface with a dynamic simulation and kicking up clouds of space dust with nParticles, and then render your results.

Topics include:
  • Animating the spaceship and asteroid
  • Animating cameras to follow the action
  • Setting key and fill lights
  • Creating layers for the sun, stars, and planet
  • Setting up shadow and lighting layers
  • Creating mental ray render passes
  • Exploding geometry in a dynamic simulation
  • Attaching nParticle emitter to bodies
  • Batch rendering render layers
Subjects:
3D + Animation Video Compositing Projects Visual Effects
Software:
After Effects Maya
Author:
Lee Lanier

Welcome

Hi, I'm Lee Lanier and, welcome to VFX Techniques. In this course we'll take models of a space ship, and asteroid, and animate them flying through space. We'll set up dynamic simulations by shattering the asteroid surface. We'll refine the simulations by adjusting fields, and solvers. We'll see how to create custom render layers and Mental Ray render passes, for the space scene. We'll be covering all these features plus plenty of other tools and techniques. Now, let's get started.

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