Maya for 3D (x, y and z) graphics and animation

CS 2880 11: Topics in Computing: Maya 3D Graphics - 2-3:15 TTh

CS 2880 Topics in Computing: 3D Graphics in Maya - 2-3:15 TTh Spring 2016

CS 2880 11
3D Graphics in Maya

  1. Maya has won 3 academy awards.
    In 2008 the team that developed Maya's fluid effects system were given an Academy Award for technical achievement, the third the software itself has been awarded so far.

    In addition, Maya has been used to create the award winning special effects on every movie for the past 15 years.

  2. "Alias Software's Maya is well known as a cutting edge 3D application. Early in March of 2003, Alias Software won an Oscar for Scientific and Technical Achievement for the development of Maya. Among its many credits, Maya was used to create visual effects in several Oscar winning and nominated movies, including The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Spider-Man, and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. According to one of my sources, Maya is used for up to half of the available 3D work opportunities." Nathan Segal.

  3. Projects from UNI CS 2880 Maya 3D Graphics in Maya students:

    1. UNI Panther life in your dorm room: Hagemann, Rider, Shull, Noehren, Campbell, Lawther, Dancer, Bender, ...

      Maya was used in the creation of the 2013 University of Northern Iowa Spring Commencement Electronic Media video shown at the graduation ceremony in McLeod Center. Grant is a Communications: Electronic Media major who took Maya in fall of 2012, making great use of it in the video shown at the most recent UNI graduation ceremony!

    2. UNI Maya 3D Graphics Animation projects from 2008 and 2009.

    3. Spring of 2013 student projects: First project by Tyler has an audio adventure inspired by Batman comics/movies to accompany the graphics.

    4. Every episode of VeggieTales after King George and the Ducky was animated using Maya. It is used in combination with CorelDRAW to animate the cartoon South Park.

  4. Be sure to watch this You Tube video to see the Animation Mentor school student showcase. All of their work is done using Maya software.

  5. Maya has been used in the production of just about every major film involving computer-generated effects since its release, including Star Wars Episode I, Spider-Man, Lord of the Rings, Stuart Little, etc.

    1. Here is a link to the top 100 grossing films of all time. What percentage of these contain significant computer generated 3D visual effects? How many movies from the TOP 20?

    2. Of course, you don't want to forget those commercials. Talking lizards that sell car insurance. Super bowl commercials in 2008.

    3. Engineering and CAD (Computer Assisted Design) using Maya: What percentage of things that you own began life as a virtual model? Not to mention bridges, boats, tractors, combines, airplanes and buildings!

    4. Maya is used by Architects as well as Artists, Game Designers, Animators, Scientists and Film Makers.

      What were the majors and the hometowns of the 28 UNI students who took Maya in Fall of 2008?

             Nine semesters of CS 2880 Maya 3D Graphics
                            Electronic Media 51
                            Computer Science 32     
                                         MIS 29
                        Art: Studio Emphasis 25     
                 Interactive Digital Studies 17
                        Graphic Technologies 12
                             Interior Design 10
                              Graphic Design  8
                                    Deciding  5
                                  Psychology  4
                                  Accounting  4     
                                   Marketing  3
                                         CIS  3
                   Movement/Exercise Science  2
                   Writing: Creative Writing  2
                                  Management  2
                                   Nondegree  2
                            Sport Psychology  1    
                                   Sociology  1
                                     English  1
                                     Biology  1
                               Earth Science  1
                               Elementary Ed  1
                             Middle Level Ed  1
                        Textiles and Apparel  1
                              Global Studies  1
             Leisure, Youth & Human Services  1
        Marketing: Advertising&Digital Media  1
       Management: Supply Chain & Operations  1
                   General Business Concepts  1
                               Communication  1
                                 Criminology  1
               Finance: Financial Management  1
                             Applied Physics  1
                                 Engineering  1
       Management: Organizational Leadership  1
    5. Spring semester of 2017 Maya class will be the 10th time the class has been offered at UNI.

    6. Spring semester of 2017 will likely be the last time Maya is offered at UNI because I am semi-retiring and will be working half-time at UNI instead of 1 1/4 time. I will continue to manage the Statistical Consulting Center but will no longer also teach 3 CS classes per semester.

    7. There are no prerequisites for this CS 2880 Maya 3D Graphics class. NONE!

    8. Autodesk MAYA is FREE for educational use by students!

  6. The Magnificent Seven stages of the Maya Animation Pipeline will each be the focus at different times during the class.
    Note: The seven buttons link to web pages that will not be created until Thanksgiving or Christmas break and will be developed as the spring 2009 class unfolds.

    Modeling; Characters and Rigging; Animation; Materials and Textures; Lights and Cameras; Special Effects; Rendering and Compositing - these are the seven stages.

  1. The Maya Animation pipeline has seven stages. You will gain experience, develop skills and grasp the associated concepts associated with every one of these stages in the 11 a.m. MWF class as you learn the Maya 3D graphics software.

  2. Look at the YouTube example Animation from AnimationMentor school. The tool they use is Maya.

  3. Another fun animation of a dancing alien. (You Tube)

  4. Anyone can download and install Autodesk Maya for a free 30 trial. Only students and educators can get a 36 month free use of Maya.

    Almost every computer lab at UNI will provide Maya. Lang 213 also has Maya 2013, along with Adobe After Effects, which we will use to render some of your animation artistry.

  5. Textbook for the class: Getting Started in 3D with Maya by Adam Watkins (Price: $34.60) with University Book and Supply Fair Price Guarantee.

CS 1025 01: Computational Modeling and Simulation satisfies your LAC Core Competency Category 1C: Quantitative Thinking and Understanding.

Note: CS 1025 is renamed Modern Tools for Exploring Data as of fall of 2014...

QUESTION: Why take Introduction to Statistical Methods or Mathematics in Decision Making if you are an Art or English or Interactive Digital Studies or Electronic Media or Graphic Design major?

Major themes: Computer Graphics, Computer Animation, Ghostbusters and Problem Solving, Muscles, Birds, 2D and 3D concepts and skills...

CS 1025 01 is offered at 12 MWF in ITTC 134 in Spring of 2017.

Note: CS 2880 11 MAYA is part of UNI Computer Science Department's Certificate in Computer Applications program.