Animation 01. Body Mechanics

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Animation 01. Body Mechanics introduces the concept of character animation regarding objects and human motion. Students will develop an understanding of Animation Principles, learning the concepts required for creating a believable motion and a balanced movement.

The class is divided into 4 modules:

  • Module 01. Intro to Maya Animation
  • Module 02. Animation Basics
  • Module 03. Body Mechanics
  • Module 04. Body Mechanics Advanced


Detailed Program


  • You can download the detailed program here.


Before you start


  • no previous experience is needed
  • you’ll need your own laptop
  • you like the idea of animating 3D characters
  • you don’t have to know the software, how to animate or how to draw


What you’ll learn


  • fundamentals in 3D Character Animation
  • animating an object and giving it life and personality
  • animating a human character with focus on motion
  • how to study and use a live action reference
  • concepts and practical techniques with focus on character animation
  • recognize the most common animation mistakes involving timing, weight and body mechanics


Key Facts


  • Start Date: to be determined
  • Duration: 5 weekends (10 days)
  • Total hours of instruction: 100 hours
  • Price: 150 RON/week-end (~ 35 EUR/weekend)
  • Location: next course will take place in Bucharest, Romania
  • Students: 9-10 students/class
  • Software: Autodesk Maya, trial version
  • Instructor: Cristina Zoica Dumitru
  • Teaching language: Romanian (+a little bit of English)




  • 5 weekends (10 days)
  • every Saturday & Sunday (onsite, 8-10 hours / day)
  • weekly webcast (middle of week) – critique 1-2 hours, theory lectures


After this Class


  • you’ll gain animation skills
  • you can take your hobby to the next level
  • you’ll learn to see and feel an animation
  • you’ll be able to animate both human and object characters
  • you’ll develop observation skills
  • you’ll be able to adapt to any 3D animation software (we’ll teach you the animation principles!)
  • you’ll be able to do basic 3D modeling
  • you’ll gain a basic understanding of the animation production pipeline
  • you’ll learn the English terminology for animation
  • you’ll learn how to search for resources, on your own
  • you’ll be able to create a basic demo reel
  • you’ll be ready to take the advanced class: Animation 02. Acting Performance
  • you’ll make new friends




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