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Computer Animation Programs In Dallas, TX: The Feature Film Process

When you choose computer animation programs in Dallas, TX at MediaTech Institute, you’ll learn computer animation courses dallas txeverything you’ll need to begin your career as a computer animator.  For most computer animators, the Holy Grail of animation careers is working in feature films and your instruction at MediaTech Institute will lay the groundwork for those dream jobs.  In MediaTech Institute’s computer animation programs in Dallas, TX, you’ll gain hands-on experience in developing and creating animated projects and you’ll discover that half of the process of creating computer-animated projects – including animated feature films – has nothing to do with animation.  Here are the basic steps involved in the process:  

Step One – Writing A Treatment

The film’s writers write a treatment, which is a rough sketch of the story.  Once they’ve settled on the “beats,” or major plot points, they create a storyboard, which is usually a hand-drawn, comic book-style rendering of each scene featuring snippets of dialogue.  During the storyboarding process, the script for the film is polished.

Step Two – Voice Actor Recording

The voice actors go into a studio and record all of their lines.  Using this recorded dialogue, the filmmakers assemble a video animated with the storyboard drawings.  Any necessary rewriting of dialogue and subsequent re-recording by the voice actors is done at this point.

Step Three – Character And Set Design

The art department designs all of the characters, major set locations, props and color palettes for the film.  The characters and props are modeled in 3D or are scanned into computers from clay models, or maquettes.

Step Four – 3D Set Creation

The art department creates 3D sets and dresses them with all the details that bring the animated world to life.  Characters are placed on the set – a process called “blocking” – and the director and animators decide on character positions and camera angles for every shot and scene in the movie.

Step Five – Tweening

Teams of animators create detailed key frames from the initial blocking instructions and begin the process of “tweening,” short for inbetweening, which is the process of using computers to generate intermediate frames between two images to give the appearance of a smooth transition from one key frame to another.

Step Six – Color And Effects

Characters and props are given color and texture.  They’re given clothing, hair, fur and skin that looks real and that behaves the way real clothing, hair, fur and skin behaves.  Scenes are then lit using ambient, omnidirectional and spotlighting to create depth, shadows and mood.

Step Seven – Rendering

Powerful computers are used to “render” frames of the film.  In this final step, all of the digital information that has been created by the animators is assembled, or rendered, into a single frame of film.  For the average 90-minute film, there are over 130,000 frames of animation.

Find out more about the fascinating world of computer animation and working in animated feature films when you enroll in MediaTech Institute’s computer animation programs in Dallas, TX.  Call MediaTech Institute at (866) 498-1122 or visit www.mediatech.edu for more information.

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