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Mechanical Rigging

An 8-week course exploring the various mechanical rigging challenges in Maya and putting it all together in a final project

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Course Overview

Learn the complexities of mechanical rigs

This course is an exploration of solving various mechanical rigging challenges in Maya. Topics include model preparation, rig organization, joint hierarchies, rig controls, dynamic rigging setups, and much more! Students will work with 3D assets provided by the instructor and put everything together in a final project, and will have the chance to learn this key aspect of VFX from a long-time industry professional.


Course Format:   Standard
Lecture Type:   Pre-recorded
Feedback:   Individually recorded
Duration:   8 Weeks
Assignment:   Deadlines each week
Q&A:   Once a week
Materials:   Lectures created in Maya 2018.4. Student software requirement: Maya 2017 or later
Skills level:   Intermediate
Prerequisites:   Intro to Rigging ; a working beginner's knowledge of how to rig

Mechanical Rigging WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

What you'll learn

The more you know, the better.

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Questions to ask before you start rigging | Model review and preparation (clean model, handling model changes) | Rig organization (model, anim controls, and rig nodes) | Transforms, joints and hierarchies (world/obj/local spaces) | Pivot point strategies (ways to find pivot points) | Creating pivot utility scripts and your own tool script library | Working with joints (orients, euler/gimbal, rotation order)
FK, IK, and FK/IK | Creating animation controls | Connecting animation controls to rig | Attaching geometry to rig (parenting, constraining, skinning) | Cleaning up the rig | Packaging and versioning the rig
Model check and rig prototyping | Creating rig and joint hierarchy | Pistons | Control creation | Attaching geometry | Testing, troubleshooting, and cleaning up
Questions to ask before you start rigging | Breaking down the rig | Model prep and organization | Quick rig prototyping | Base skeleton and rig controls | Main body skeleton and rig controls | Attaching geometry
Head and neck skeleton and rig controls | Leg skeleton and rig controls | Replicating the leg rig | Attaching geometry
Antenna | Tubes/cables | Dynamic rigging setups | Attaching geometry | Motion testing | Final rig cleanup and organization

Real heroes don't wear capes they teach.

Tim Coleman is an accomplished character setup artist with over 20 years of experience in the fields of visual effects, feature animation and VR. With over 15 major motion pictures under his belt, his focus has centered on bringing digital characters and creatures to life. Over his career he’s worked at several highly renowned studios including Industrial Light & Magic, Tippett Studio and Sony Pictures Imageworks. From The Amazing Spiderman swinging from his web to Optimus Prime transforming from truck to robot in Transformers, Tim has been involved in the realization of numerous high profile digital characters. Tim has also supervised teams of character setup artists on projects including Hotel Transylvania, Angry Birds and Edge of Tomorrow at Sony Pictures Imageworks. Recently Tim has come off rigging characters for two VR projects, “Grace” from MacInnes-Scott and the Oscar-nominated animated short “Pearl”. Tim currently works at Magic Leap as Character Technical Supervisor in Florida where he’s taken a deep dive into content creation in the new realm of “mixed reality”.


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  • Google
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