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Texturing for Films/Cinematics

A 5-week course using industry techniques to create high-end textures and shaders with a film/cinema approach

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Course Overview

Paint beautiful textures for film

This class will focus on creating high-resolution textures and shaders with a film/cinematic approach. The texturing specifically will focus on a creature bust, pin-pointing major detail areas such as the facial skin, teeth, gums, lips, and ears. You will also be focusing on the more difficult and intricate portions of texturing, such as skin details, man-made materials. *For classes with fewer than 6 students feedback may be provided during the live Q&A session. Estimated time for course work: 10-20 hours per week


Course Format:   Standard
Lecture Type:   Pre-recorded
Feedback:   Individual recordings
Duration:   5 weeks
Assignment:   Deadlines each week
Q&A:   Once a week
Materials:   Mari, Maya, Photoshop, and Zbrush
Skills level:   Intermediate
Prerequisites:   A solid foundation of creating textures for 3D assets and a basic knowledge of material shader networks

Texturing for Films/Cinematics WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

What you'll learn

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Conceptualizing the textures: creating a concept image to design our character's textures
Surface detail: sculpting realistic skin surface details, such as pores and wrinkles
Skin color: building a realistic skin color in Mari
Gums, teeth, and fabric textures: inner mouth textures like teeth and gums; fabric textures for the jacket and t-shirt
Shading in Maya/Vray: using our exported textures from Mari and Zbrush, we'll build shaders for the skin, fabric, and metals; we'll render the final project in Vray

Unleashing your creative potential

Lectures by Chris Nichols

Chris Nichols is a lead texture artist and modeler who has worked at Digital Domain, Vancouver, Bardel Entertainment, Whizz Digital, Spin FX, IS Vancouver. He's worked on titles such as X-men:Days of Future Past, Night at the Museuem, Thor, and Alice Through the Looking Glass, and most recently Avengers: Infinity Wars.


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Animation Guild CSATTF

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Companies that hire our students

  • Naughty Dog
  • Luma Pictures
  • Google
  • EA Games
  • DreamWorks Animation
  • Blizzard Entertainment

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