Module Title:   3D Character Creation (PG)

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   EM-4087D

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 2

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 7

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Film & Media

Related Department/Subject Area:   School of Media, Design and Technology

Principal Co-ordinator:   Kaye Elling

Additional Tutor(s):   -

Prerequisite(s):   EM-4021D

Corequisite(s):   None

To develop high level skills in realistic digital sculpting for the creation of ultra-high detail 3D character models used in animation, visual effects, and detail maps for real time rendering (e.g. games), using industry standard sculpting software.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
The module will be delivered via a series of practical lab classes with an emphasis on hands-on sculpting experience. As such, the theory of sculpting is for the most part embedded within the lab session structure, with key concepts discussed in lectures with seminar elements. An additional session of traditional sculpting practice with clay is designed to underpin 3-dimensional awareness and understanding. Practical skills, as well as an applied understanding of the key concepts of sculpting, are assessed in the coursework through the creation of a high detail digital sculpting project of a visually and technically challenging human character based on a real-life actor in a cinematic role. Supplementary assessment is to repair deficiencies in the original submission. Students who have an acceptable body of knowledge equivalent to the pre-requisite shown, EM-4021D, may be permitted to study this module.

Lectures:   6.00          Directed Study:   166.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   0.00          Other:   4.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   24.00          Formal Exams:   0.00          Total:   200.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Break down a character into separate components for sculpting, as used in industry standard sculpting software.
Identify and successfully synthesise the landmarks of anatomy, physiology and costume to re-create a compelling likeness of actor and role.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Create ultra-high detail 3D meshes comprising of organic and man-made elements in a sculpting program, in the form of soft and hard surfaces.
Create convincing surfaces using standard sculpting methods for texture map creation.
Manage complex scenes and ultra-high detail digital information effectively.
Bake high detailed mesh information onto optimal low polygon meshes for real time systems.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Observe fine visual detail effectively and to use visual reference for advanced practical projects.

  Coursework   30%
  `Character Prep` of reference imagery and sculpt-ready base 3D mesh.
  Coursework   40%
  A `Sculpt` of a ultra-high detail character model.
  Coursework   30%
  A low Resolution, `Retopologized mesh` of the high detail character model using detail maps.

Outline Syllabus:
0. Classical sculpting techniques; 1. Using the Wacom tablet for 3D; 2. Anatomical study and gathering useful reference for likenesses; 3. Topology and planning a base mesh; 4. Exporting and Importing; 5. Sculpting tools and techniques for soft surfaces; 6. Sculpting tools and techniques for hard surfaces; 7. Managing Complexity and Performance; 8. Outputting maps to other programs; 9. Baking maps to low polygon target meshes; 10. Editing maps in 2D programs; 11. Texture and surface creation using sculpting programs.

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