3-Week 3D Animation Camp for Teens

Location: Harvard University
With the opportunity to write, direct, animate, and edit their own 3D animated short films, the 3-Week 3D Animation Camp for teens provides a creative experience like no other. 3D animation dominates today’s animation industry, and the New York Film Academy’s hands-on intensive 3-Week 3D Animation Camp gives summer campers an excellent introduction to the tools they need to develop as animators. Campers get the opportunity to work with the industry-standard Maya software, as well as developing their craft through acting, directing, storyboarding, and screenwriting.

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3-Week 3D Animation Camp Preparation

Student’s are not expected to enter the program with prior animation experience. However, 3D animation requires commitment and a background in studio art or experience with digital illustration is helpful.

3-Week 3D Animation Camp Format

Campers learn the fundamentals of animation (i.e. movement, timing, weight, character development, etc.) using Maya software, the Oscar-winning industry standard for professional animators. Campers work in a typical pipeline, progressing through basic modeling, rendering, and motion exercises to create their own animated short. In addition, they learn to develop their own ideas using classical storytelling methods, including screenwriting (for linear story), storyboarding (the relationship between story and action), and directing (the power of scene composition and camera POV).

3D Animation Topics

Campers in the 3-Week 3D Animation Camp for teens will study the following 3D topics:

  • Modeling: Building objects and creatures from primitive shapes, polygonal modeling, and/or sculpting with curves and points
  • Motion: Animating the objects and creatures you model using key frames, path and shape animation, simulation, deformation, and f-curves
  • Character construction: Creating skeletons, attaching skins, weighting envelopes, and inverse kinematics
  • Color and texture: Creating, importing, and applying multiple textures to objects/creatures; defining color, reflectivity, and transparency
  • Rendering: Lights, camera, compiling movies, adding sound

Animation Topics

In addition, students can also expect to study and apply the following animation topics:

  • Weight and Secondary Action
  • Squash and Stretch
  • Rubber Hose, Full, and Limited Animation
  • Character Design
  • Exaggeration vs. Subtlety
  • Sound Effects and Music
  • Sound-image Relationship

Upon the successful completion of the camp, students will receive a New York Film Academy certificate and a copy of their work.

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Please note that curriculum, dates, and prices are open to change.