Introduction to Computer Animation

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WEEK ONE

Description of course (Syllabus)
History of Animation

WEEK TWO

Timeline of Animation and Early Animation Devices
Conventional Animation Techniques
(Project 1)

WEEK THREE

Technical Background
Matrices, Coordinates and Display pipeline

WEEK FOUR

Reflecting and Rotating Matrices
Understanding Polygons and B-Splines
CODE for the week

WEEK FIVE

Interpolation and Basic Techniques
Programming Animation (Java, C++)
Test 1

WEEK SIX

Creating 2D objects and scenes
Introduction to App Development
Fundamentals of gaming
(Project 2)

WEEK SEVEN

Advanced Algorithms
Random generators and Artificial Intelligence
Transformations and controlling object movement CODE for the week

WEEK EIGHT

Introduction to 3D Modeling
Understanding the User Interface and different tools
Creating different Primitives Shapes
(Test 2)

WEEK NINE

Polygonal and NURBS modeling
Modeling Trick and Tips
Shading and Texture Mapping
CODE for the week

WEEK TEN

Hierarchy and the joint system
Creating a skeleton for animation

WEEK ELEVEN

Motion Paths for Animation
Key frame animation
(Project 4)

WEEK TWELVE

How to Create a Walk/Run Cycle
Camera control and creating a movie clip

WEEK THIRTEEN

Modeling an Environment
Lighting, shaders and rendering techniques
3D Files

WEEK FOURTEEN

3D Gaming Engines
Exporting files and animation into an engine


Making a Gif Animation in PS





Uzoma James Chikwem

Biography


I was born and raised in Maiduguri, Nigeria, where I learned a lot about Africa, brotherhood and about life in general. My parents, Dr. John Chikwem and Susan Chikwem, were well respected in my hometown, almost everyone knew our family due to the generocity and kindness of my parents. I consider myself very lucky to have them as parents because they have taught me so much but most importantly the reason why we are here, which I believe is to help out others whenever we can, especially the earth, or cell, we live on.
In Nigeria, as a young kid, I always knew what my career or true calling would be. I was very spiritual at the time and believed, well still believe, that the source of all creation, or God, was an artist and wanted nothing more but to follow in his footsteps and be able to create aesthetics that would be able to change, or alter, spirits for the better. As I grew up, I started noticing how precise, or mathematical, the world was and wanted to learn more about the formulas or life. Also found it neccesary to know the sciences of life, the rules which make existence, or creation, possible and studied hard in these fields to evolve into a better being and artist.
In 1995, when I was 11 years old, we moved from Nigeria to totally new world, America. My father had gotten a job at Lincoln University and I was fortunate to be able to visit the University frequently to learn to play tennis, football, and so much more educationally in mathematics and the sciences. I learned a lot more about art at High School due to one of the coolest and best teachers, Mrs. Caudell, whom pushed me more into pursueing my dreams of creating as I graduated to college to get my degree in Computer Science.

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