Maya for 3D (x, y and z) graphics and animation
810:088 Topics in Computing: 3D Graphics in Maya - 9 MWF Fall 2009
Note: 810:088 MAYA is part of UNI Computer Science Department's
Certificate in Computer Applications program.
The class Microcomputer Applications and
Systems Integration is
offered in Fall 2009 at 2 MWF. It will include a major components on
Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Flash. It will also include some Excel VBA
macro training (Visual Basic for Applications - VBA).
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.
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?
- Of course, you don't want to forget those commercials. Talking
lizards that sell car insurance. Super bowl commercials in 2008.
- 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
- 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 this semester (Fall of
Fall of 2008 - 28 students Spring of 2009 - 29 students
Communications/Electronic Media 14 Management Information Systems (MIS) 12
Art: Studio Emphasis 5 Computer Science 6
Computer Science 4 Communications/Electronic Media 5
Graphic Communications 2 Art: Studio Emphasis 4
Computer Information Systems 2 Accounting 4
Movement & Exercise Science 1 Graphic Communications 1
English 1 Psychology 1
2008/2009 academic year Maya totals
Electronic Media 19
MIS 12 <-------- mainly because of a conflict
Computer Science 10 with MIS classes and 810:023
Art: Studio Emphasis 9 certification class in spring.
Accounting 4 <-------- ditto
Graphic Communications 3
Movement/Exercise Science 1
64 <--------- Note: several students have
- Fall semester of 2009 Maya class will be the 3rd time the class has been
It will also be the 3rd semester in a row that 810:088 Maya has been taught.
Why is it a popular class? This page tries to provide some clues. Read on.
There are no prerequisites for this 810:088 class.
You Tube video to
see the Animation Mentor school student
showcase. All of their work is done using Maya software.
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
"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.
- 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.
- The Maya Animation
pipeline has seven stages. You will gain
experience, develop skills and grasp the associated concepts associated
every one of these stages in the 9 a.m. MWF class as you
the Maya 3D graphics software.
- Look at either the QuickTime
Fall 2007 showcase
or the YouTube
from AnimationMentor school. The tool they use is Maya.
- Another fun animation of a
dancing alien. (You Tube)
Maya Personal Learning Edition (PLE), sadly and
surprisingly is NO LONGER FREE. Autodesk now provides only
a free 30 day TRIAL version of Maya. Do NOT install that trial
version yet, unless you
know you are going to purchase the educational discount software in a few
Luckily, almost every computer lab at UNI now provides Maya. Every SCC (Student
Computer Center) lab has Maya 2009. Lang 213 also has Maya 2009, along with Adobe
After Effects, which we will use to render some of your animation artistry.
- Maya still life examples: Characters and
Cars and random
ideas and examples and
more miscellaneous 3D