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June 29, 2016

What Is The 3D Animation Process?

Michelangelo, the great Renaissance artist, risked excommunication from the church to pursue his interest in studying human anatomy. He had to bribe a parish priest with an exquisitely carved crucifix in order to be able to study human cadavers. A magnificent result of his fascination with anatomy is the statute of David.

Centuries later, medical schools still use cadavers. However, using 3D animation, which is so realistic, has proved to be a better way to more extensively teach students about anatomy and medical procedures. It is among many uses for a technology that continues to develop.

Uses for 3D Animation

Most are familiar with the wonderful 3D animated movies made by Pixar, Walt Disney Studios andshutterstock_386596309 others. Animators also use 3D animation software to create projects in the medical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical fields.

Because the results are so compelling, using 3D animation software is a terrific way to also create dynamic presentations and advertisements. It also is used to create excellent educational, instructional and promotional materials.

City planners, architects, designers, manufacturers and others who need accurate visual representations of projects benefit from 3D animation as well.

How to make 3D animations

How are 3D animations made? There are 12 basic tasks:

  1. Design. The animation production process begins with a project design plan or storyboard. These are simple sketches of the project that serve as a guide map for the 3D animators.
  2. Modeling. The production team works with animating programs, such as Maya, Softimage, 3DS Max, Cinema 4D, or Blender, to create basic models for the characters or subjects to be animated. The models are the mathematical designs created using computers, and they serve as the foundational structures for everything that comes later.
  3. Rigging. During this phase, the objects are prepared to be able to make movements. For example, animated characters will get an internal skeletal structure that will determine how they move.
  4. Surfaces. These are textures and colors attached to the rigging that bend to follow the rigging’s movements.
  5. Staging. Similar to doing a real film shoot, staging encompasses the placement of all of the objects and characters on a virtual stage with the backgrounds needed.
  6. Animation. During this process, the animation work includes making everything appear to move in convincing ways.
  7. Lighting. As is the case when making a movie or a television show, controlling the lighting for each scene increases the visual beauty and dramatic impact.
  8. Effects. The addition of special effects finishes the scenes. Examples include explosions, weather effects, fire, or anything that is an overlay for the scenes.
  9. Rendering. In this phase, the computer creates the animation. In the process of 3D rendering, each scene is usually processed separately.
  10. Composite. This is when the efforts of all of the steps are combined together.
  11. Touch-up. The animators look carefully at every detail to make sure everything is perfect and fix anything that is not correct.
  12. Final Output. The final piece is outputted in the required format(s), completing the 3D animation process.

The expert team at Ghost Productions creates 3D animation for the medical field and the pharmaceutical industry as well as story-driven character animation for any purpose.

Call them at (651) 633-1163 or (888) 414-6770 or use the contact form to get a proposal and quote for your next exciting 3D animation project.

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