First year - The 3D craft
The first year of 3D Film Production is identical to 3D Design and Animation. You can still apply directly for this two-year study program; 3D Film Production.
To be good at something you need continuous training, and 3D Design and Animation is no exception. In this course we start building, or modeling, very simple objects in 3D. We then texturize, or paint these objects, before finally lighting and completing them. Thereafter, it is back to modeling again, but this time with greater complexity. Again, we do more texturing and lighting, and we also increase the levels of detail and complexity. The same process is repeated over and over again, but with even more refinement each time. That way, we are able to slowly but surely, progress from the production a simple object like a cup, on to more complicated objects, such as a human figure.
The next challenge is to construct these characters’ movements in a manner that is believable. Once more, the aim is to strive towards greater complexity as we focus on advanced 3D figures of human beings. If you are able to sculpt a human, you can basically create anything in 3D.
3D is a mixture of both technical knowledge and artistic abilities. This is highly emphasized at Noroff, and we therefore facilitate our training to include both design skills and technical competency. It will be expected that you complete several drawing exercises on paper, and your software as well as technical skills must also be proficient.
The assignments in 3D Design and Animation have an objective to simulate real-life challenges that awaits in the industry, and by so prepare you for immediate employment and production after graduation.
Second Year - Produce an animated short film
Since the dawn of time, storytelling has been part of what it means to be human, and what it mens to be creative and thinking beings. In all storytelling, there is a common structure, with certain variations depending on genre. If you have seen one romantic comedy, you know that a conflict will present itself before the second half, but you also know the story will have a happy ending. If you have read Norwegian fairy tales, you know that the first and second brother will not get the princess, but the third will succeed and win half the kingdom. You will learn the structure of various genres in both short and feature films, and be able to identify the structure and the basic plot elements in a movie. Once you understand these genres, you can draw ideas from any film, in creating your own story.
In this study program, you will learn to work with all phases of production, from idea to finished film. When you finish the script, you will create a storyboard, then animate pre-visualizations, before moving on to principal and post production.
An all 3D film has no real actors to instruct. It's your job to bring the 3D characters to life. Our minds are experts in reading body language, and if an animation is done poorly, we will notice something wrong, and the magic of the animation is lost. The audience may not be able to pinpoint the error, other than sensing that something is wrong. You, however, will gain knowledge of human anatomy, body language and facial expressions, and thereby be able to make your characters behave in the way that they should.
Facial expressions and lip-sync
The human has over forty muscles, and our brains aree experts on interpreting various facial expressions. A large portion of digital acting is to make use of our knowledge of facial anatomy and expressions, to convey the right moods and undertones.
When the characters are talking, it is essential that lip movements and audio are synchronized. Have you ever noticed when the audio on television is off by even a fraction of a second? This can be very annoying, and we may struggle to keep up with what is being said.
You must use your knowledge of phonetics and phonology to make the appropriate lip movements of your character. In addition, the words and the way they are being spoken, must ineract along with the character's body language, so they convey the same message.
Film techniques and pre-production
When you see a good movie, you react emotionally to the plot, and your reaction is not at random. It is in fact the filmmakers who are manipulating you! As a filmmaker, you have many tools at your disposal for manipulating the audience into experiencing the story as you wish. The effect of good editing by use of multiple angles may increase the tension in the scene. You can use variations in camera motion, speed, soundtrack, lighting, shadows and colors, to create different moods and tones. An important part of pre-production is storyboarding, where the film's scenes are drawn, often as a cartoon, with descriptions of movements and mood. This is very cost-effective, given that it is easier to change a scene in a storyboard, rather than making an entire animation sequence again. It also helps the instructor to maintain artistic control over the final product, beacause the entire production derives from storyboard.
Why study 3D Film Production?
Teacher Deryck Broom provides the answers.
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