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Facial Animation in Maya
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Released Jul 2, 2011
Delano Athias

Pluralsight

Delano Athias
In this Maya tutorial we will learn tips an techniques for creating believable facial animations. This tutorial will cover the process of animating a face in Maya. We will build the animation step by step, covering time-saving and proficient techniques like smart blocking, using a checklist, how to work with reference, checking for arcs. We will even cover what to do when we encounter issues where an expression that was not anticipated calls for the control rig to be revised. By the end of this tutorial, you we will be equipped with the knowledge you need to build your own facial animations that are convincing and entertaining.
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Introduction and project overview
1

Introduction and project overview

 
00:54
Helpful notes / reviewing the checklist
2

Helpful notes / reviewing the checklist

 
03:08
Getting the scene ready for animation
3

Getting the scene ready for animation

 
05:07
Studying the reference
4

Studying the reference

 
01:10
Modifying the cheek controls for an inhaling shape
5

Modifying the cheek controls for an inhaling shape

 
01:14
Starting on the extreme pass
6

Starting on the extreme pass

 
07:14
Blocking in the animation as the character starts to speak
7

Blocking in the animation as the character starts to speak

 
06:32
Blocking in frames 26 through 36
8

Blocking in frames 26 through 36

 
10:25
Blocking in frames 44 through 65
9

Blocking in frames 44 through 65

 
09:23
Blocking in frames 69 through 86
10

Blocking in frames 69 through 86

 
13:32
Blocking in frames 98 through 103
11

Blocking in frames 98 through 103

 
09:05
Finishing the extreme pass
12

Finishing the extreme pass

 
18:26
Creating controls for a more pronounced lip purse
13

Creating controls for a more pronounced lip purse

 
14:14
The breakdown pass
14

The breakdown pass

 
07:37
Starting on the initial polish pass
15

Starting on the initial polish pass

 
06:06
Correcting the arcs of the head
16

Correcting the arcs of the head

 
09:49
Finishing the head pass
17

Finishing the head pass

 
08:08
Polishing the animation of the eyes
18

Polishing the animation of the eyes

 
09:32
Refining the brow animation
19

Refining the brow animation

 
04:08
Tweaking the mouth's animation
20

Tweaking the mouth's animation

 
07:27
Finalizing the animation
21

Finalizing the animation

 
05:11