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1st Edition

Finish Your Film! Tips and Tricks for Making an Animated Short in Maya

ISBN 9780415661812
Published May 1, 2014 by Routledge
382 Pages 800 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Finish Your Film! Tips and Tricks for Making an Animated Short in Maya is a first-of-its-kind book that walks the reader step-by-step through the actual production processes of creating a 3D Short film with Maya. Other books focus solely on the creative decisions of 3D Animation and broadly cover the multiple phases of animation production with no real applicable methods for readers to employ. This book shows you how to successfully manage the entire Maya animation pipeline. This book blends together valuable technical tips on film production and real-world shortcuts in a step-by-step approach to make sure you do not get lost. Follow along with author and director Kenny Roy as he creates a short film in front of your eyes using the exact same methods he shows you in the book. Armed with this book, you'll be able to charge forth into the challenge of creating a short film, confident that creativity will show up on screen instead of being stifled by the labyrinth that is a 3D animation pipeline.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to Short Film
  2. Introduction to 3D Production 
  3. Story
  4. Pre Production
  5. 3D Pre Production
  6. 3D Production
  7. 2D Production
  8. Editorial
  9. Sound
  10. Finaling
  11. Festivals and Markets
  12. Glossary

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Kenny Roy started in the animation industry in 1997 as a dustbuster on a children's animated feature.  Since then, he's gone on to animate some of the most memorable characters on screen, from Scooby Doo to King Kong.  In 2007 he founded Arconyx Animation Studios in Los Angeles, CA where he directs projects ranging from TV commercials to short films to visual FX.  An animation teacher for almost 8 years, Kenny is also a multiple-published author in animation and a world-traveling lecturer and runs an animation training portal through He lives in LA with his wife and two sons.