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Designing Characters for Production
This class will focus on taking your character designs through a production pipeline and learning to make your designs functional for animation. In this course, you will be acting as a professional Character Designer. We will cover both common and important types of assignments that will be expected of you as a working professional. You will walk out of this class with not only the experience of a real professional setting, but also with professional work that you will be proud to showcase in your portfolio.
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The more you know, the better.
Igniting your imagination
Lectures by Nate Wragg
Nate Wragg was born in Davis, CA in 1983. He took an interest in drawing and painting at an early age. After graduating high school, he studied animation and design at The California Institute of the Arts in Southern California. Since then, Wragg has gone on to work as an illustrator and designer on various projects-including Ratatouille, Toy Story 3 and Puss in Boots. He was one of the primary character designers on the Pixar Feature Toy Story 3. As well as designing characters, Nate was also the Production Designer of Pixar’s short film Your Friend the Rat and has been involved in designing several main title sequences, most notably the animated end titles for Ratatouille. Most recently he was the Production Designer on Captain Underpants.
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winter TERM Registration
Nov 5, 2018 - Feb 1, 2019
Melis Malatani / Summer 2017
Great instructor. An online course can be very detached from the real experience of a classroom, however Nate, really engaged us as students, through his lectures, and fast and useful critique, which made the whole experience more effective and real.
Amber Kenneson / Summer 2017
Nate is one of the best instructors I have ever had--he communicates concepts in a very clear way that is easy to understand and put into practice. His feedback is always very specific, and he communicates both what IS working and what is NOT working--and as a result gives students a clear path forward in their work.
Kate Dmitrieva / Summer 2017
Nate is a great instructor with very professional approach. Many thanks for his thorough feedback and always being there to help.
Amber Kenneson / Spring 2017
Nate is one of the best instructors I've ever had! The way he explains and demonstrates things is so clear--he makes it easy for students to implement what he is teaching into their own work. I know my own work improved by leaps and bounds over the course of just 8 weeks, and I saw improvement in the work of my fellow students as well! Basically, I loved everything about Nate's course.
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