Temple Model as of Monday's class.
August 26th to September 27th - first 5 weeks
Week 1 Aug 25   Aug 27   Aug 29  
Video tutorials and other VERY USEFUL resources from 3DBuzz, Wiley, Swinburne and Michael O'Rourke.

Class #1 review

Vip email note about F, A, Tumble, Track and Dolly.

Read pages 1 to 14 of Wiley Introduction to Maya book. Free sample chapter PDF.

* See the syllabus.

Sun, Earth, and Moon. Solar System subset.

Sun, Earth, Moon extensive details.

The Sun, Earth, and Moon animation but they are CUBES.

Snapping in Maya and the X, C, V shortcuts make it even snappier.

Sun, Earth, Moon to be continud on FRIDAY Class in class #3


Watch the relevant LYNDA Maya Essentials videos to review the MAYA interface of panels, menus, channel box, Time Slider, etc.

Go to and login with your UNI CatID and password/passphrase.

The Sun, Earth, Moon suggestions as scanned in notes.

Who takes Maya, why take Maya, what is Maya? 810:088 information.
Week 2 Sep 01   Sep 03   Sep 05  

Labor Day holiday class!

Video (08:09)- Modeling a Wineglass using Polygons by Steven Murdoch. 8 minutes 9 seconds.

Assignment: Modeling a Wineglass - 12 questions on the Steven Murdoch video.

Due on Wednesday before or at noon for the start of class. Answers to the 12 questions.

  Video (08:09)- Modeling a Wineglass using Polygons by Steven Murdoch. 8 minutes 9 seconds.

Assignment: Modeling a Wineglass video 12 questions.
Due at the start of class or before!

FINISH: Sun, Earth, and Moon. Solar System subset.

Where we left off: planet.mb should launch Maya. .mb means Maya Binary. You do NOT need this file, if you were in class last Friday and your planet scene was working fine. Use this one if you got stuck or behind or missed class.


Video (08:09)- Modeling a Wineglass using Polygons by Steven Murdoch. 8 minutes 9 seconds.

Assignment: Modeling a Wineglass video 12 questions.

VIP: NURBS modeling a chick - First Maya assignment that was used in Spring 2013.

>Due Friday, September 12th. Send as a .mb Maya Binary = .mb attachment to
Subject: Chick Maya model

What we did in class today: Model of an ALIEN from the Friday class is good practice for modeling any character, but especially for the CHICK assignment.

Week 3 Sep 08   Sep 10   Sep 12  
  Animation introduction (continued)
Textures and Rendering

Sun, Earth, Moon cannot be SPHERES!

See orbiting and rotating CUBES example.

How to DO IT, step by step: Sun, Earth, and Moon.

The Bouncing Ball animation....


Sun, Earth, Moon due by 9 p.m.

  1. Freeze Transformations.
  2. Graph Editor.
  3. Pivot Points (Axis). D and X, D and V.

QUIZ ONE on WEDNESDAY September 17th.


2009 Class #1 review

2009 Class #2 review

Week 04 Sep 15   Sep 17   Sep 19  
  The Seven Stages of the Animation Pipeline. We have touched on only 3 of the 7 stages so far.

Maya tutorials...



September 17th.

Study Guide - use the following 3


  2. 2009 Class #1 review

  3. 2009 Class #2 review


Particles, Active and Passive Rigid Bodies, Gravity and Vortex Fields. Watch these two videos. Preparation for making stage curtains sway.

3DBuzz - The Talented Ball training videos. Videos 36 and 37 (out of about 61 free videos) are: Intro to Dynamics and Using Softbodies

Week 5 Sep 22   Sep 24   Sep 26  

RAIN tutorial has username mayatuts and password morourke for access.

Particles, Emitters, Fields (GRAVITY and WIND) were covered in today's class. The class was a review of Friday's hands-on lab class. Making particles COLLIDE with the ground or floor was covered too.

Example of animated, swaying curtains with a talented ball coming out on the stage. Note the spotlight with the changing cone angle.

How were the 16 different pottery pieces or flower vases created? Using CV Curve tool to make a Profile Curve and Surfaces menu REVOLVE to revolve the curve around the Y axis. After that DUPLICATE SPECIAL. We did this in class on Valentines Day eve eve eve (Monday).





Study guide for QUIZ TWO, which is on WEDNESDAY, September 24th.

Study guide for QUIZ TWO

The Bouncing Ball animation....

Due anytime today (as an attachment sent to with SUBJECT: MAYA Assignment Two)


Emitters, Particles, Color Ramps: Creating a Rocket Exhaust.

 User id:  mayatuts
Password:  morourke

  1. Particles and Emitters effected by Gravity and Wind Fields and made to Collide with the ground or floor.

  2. Coloring particles with a COLOR RAMP. Seeing particles shaped as SPHERES or as STREAKS and other options were explored for the Particle Properties tutorial.
 User id:  mayatuts
Password:  morourke

VIP: Sculpting NURBS to make an egghead or a spongebob or whatever is assigned as of Monday, September 22nd.
Due anytime on Wednesday, October 1st.

QUIZ #3 on Friday, October 1st - study guide/outline.

It is a SINE of the TIME(s): Maya Expressions abs() and sin() and time... MEL = Maya Embedded Language...