FILM 3356 - 3D Animation (Fall and Spring). This course is designed to introduce the student to 3D computer animation for pre-rendered and real-time applications. Topics covered include animation planning, modeling, surfacing, lighting, animation, and rendering. The rendering of these animations is a major bottleneck for the students and the computational cluster will allow for significant improvements in the quality and complexity of their work.
FILM 6323 and FILM 3355 Production Seminar: Visual Effects (6323 in Spring – 4392 in Fall and Spring). This course is designed to introduce the student to the art and science of visual effects for digital filmmaking. Topics covered include the visual effects pipeline, video technology, image processing, procedural and manual matte creation, tracking, and compositing. Complex composites and 3D animated elements require rendering that can be executed much faster on the cluster compared to a single lab computer.