156 3D Modeling and Motion
This syllabus is subject to change based on the class needs.
Software:
Maya, Unity, OBS, After Effects, Media Encoder and Photoshop
Winter 2020,  M W 2:00 - 4:50 pm, Classroom Broad 4230     

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Professor: Jennifer Steinkamp
office hours: 1:00-2:00 Mondays in Broad 4230, by appointment
 
TA: Zeynep Abes
office hours: Tuesdays 12-2, thursdays 10-12 by appointment, Broad 4230

Description:  This course is an introduction to theories of 3D form, spatial design, motion and lighting using 3D visualization and video tools.  For example, tools originally designed for motion will be used to construct form.  Aspects of time such as speed and duration will be used to contemplate form and interaction. The first half of the course involves weekly assignments focused towards an understanding of virtual in relation to real form. The second half is devoted to an individual project.

Grading: Grading is determined by the completion and quality of all assignments. Attendance and participation are mandatory, these effect the grade. No more than 3 absences allowed. Assignments should only be made for this class.

Overlapping Exercises and Assignments
Exercise 0a)
Create a simple scene in Unity using primitives, make objects throwable, use the Vive headset to look at the scene, due Wednesday week 1, use OBS to record the project while wearing the Vive headset. Turn in the mp4 movie only. Due Weds week 1.

Exercise 0b) Use your work in progress from assignment 1 to create a simple scene in Unity using Maya shapes with some animation, use the Vive headset to look at the scene, use OBS to record the project while wearing a Vive headset.Turn in the mp4 movie only.  Due Wednesday week 3.

Exercise 0c) Animate a cup in Maya from the tutorials, use trigger to start the animation; in addition, include teleporting. Use OBS to record the project while wearing a Vive headset. Turn in the mp4 movie only.

Assignment 1) Find an artistic image of an interior photograph or painting created by a known artist. Model it. Consider light, point of view, and what it means to change the original. Consider who or what is the point of view of the image, what feeling or idea is the artist trying to convey? We will use the environment from the image to view as a VR virtual reality. You will be adding elements not seen in the artist's rendition since you are not able to see beyond the frame of the image.  In addition, render 2 3000 pixel images and document the interaction of the VR. Video is due Wednesday week 5. The renderings are due week 11.

Assignment 2)
Model a ring to be 3D printed at shapeways.com. Bring in a sketch idea week 3. A minigrant is paying for part of the print. Due Wednesday week 4.

Assignment 3) Anything you prefer utilizing what we have learned. Your project could be a 3D printed sculpture, a poster, a 3D typeface, a book, an animation, a VR or AR project, an interactive project, a video with effects, etc. Present a proposal week 6

Grad students create their own assignments, but I recommend creating a variation on assignment 1 in order to learn Maya and Unity.

Install this software on your Mac or PC

Week 1
Monday 01/06     Maya Shortcuts    Table Tutorial    Polygon Table Chair    0a:Unity VR Primitives   
OBS screen capture VR documentation
Start Exercise 0a: Create a simple scene in Unity using primitives, make objects throwable, use the Vive headset to look at the scene, due Wednesday week 1, use OBS to record the project while wearing the Vive headset. Turn in the mp4 movie only. Due Weds week 1.
Assignment 1: Find an image of an interior made by a known artist, due Weds.

Wednesday 01/08      NURBS Modeling    Polygon Modeling
Approve image choice and start Assignment 1
Exercise 0a due


Week 2
Monday 01/13      Polygon Modeling Cup    Trim Tools pencil

Wednesday 01/15    0b:Unity VR Maya Animation    Advanced NURBS Modeling  Sculpting   Import models
Sketches for assignment 2 due.
Start Exercise 0b:  Create a simple scene in Unity using Maya shapes with some animation, use the Vive to look at the scene, use OBS to record the project while wearing a Vive headset. Turn in the mp4 movie only.  Due Monday week 3.


Week 3
Monday 01/20  Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday No Class

Wednesday  01/22     3D Print a ring
Critique Exercise 0b, please turn in OBS screen capture movie to the drop folder.
In class model assignment 2.


Week 4
Monday 01/27    UV mapping polygons     Velocity Bouncing Ball   Texture Mapping   0c:Unity interact with animation 
Start Exercise 0c: Animate a cup in Maya from the tutorials, use trigger to start the animation. Use OBS to record the project while wearing a Vive headset. Turn in the mp4 movie only.
Start thinking about Assignment 3

Wednesday 01/29      Hierarchical Animation    Unity VR Legacy Maya Dynamics         Unity Lighting and Textures     Unity VR  Ncloth animation
Assignment 2 is DUE, last chance to turn in the model to be 3D printed


Week 5
Monday 02/03    Deformers    Path Animation   nCloth Dynamic Simulations    


Wednesday 02/05        Arnold    Paint Effects
Critique assignment 1 VR 
Start assignment 3


Week 6
Monday 02/10             Export Unity Models to FBX for Maya    Lighting      Depth of Field      Raytracing Glass       Backgrounds  
Discuss proposals for assignment 3

Wednesday 02/12    Camera Animation      Motion Blur    Particles and Dynamics        Inverse Kinematics


Week 7
Monday 02/17   Presidents Day No class

Wednesday 02/19   JS out of town       VR Demo Day



Week 8
Monday 02/24  Adobe Media Encoder mp4 encoding

Wednesday 02/26     


Week 9
Monday 03/02   Critique assignment 3 in progress     
work in class

Wednesday 03/04    work in class


Week 10
Monday 03/09     work in class

Wednesday 03/11     FINAL PRESENTATION all 3 assignments will be presented at 2PM




IMPORTANT
All assignments will be turned in on the web.
Mac use Filezilla, PC use WinSCP to transfer
     Host: file.design.ucla.edu  (port 22)
     User ID: Your login
     /data/classes/Winter20/156/drop
     or  /home/users/yourlogin/myClasses/W20-156/drop

Any animations or movies 1080HD

Final renderings 3000 pixels or more, tiff or png format

Screen Capture all your VR Projects OBS Studio on a PC.
Edit with Premiere or After Effects

winscp

By default WinSCP starts at your DMA home directory  /home/users/yourname
Select the folder link to MyClasses
Select the link to Winter-156  AKA /data/classes/W20/156
Select drop
Select the correct folder for the assignment
Make sure your name is part of the file name.