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3D Game Animation For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-7645-8789-4
399 pages
June 2005
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* For readers intrigued by 3D video games as a hobby or a potential career, this book offers an introduction to the world of 3D game animation and provides step-by-step instructions on creating storyboards, scenery, characters, and even software
* Cover topics such as working with 3D coordinates, keyframing, NURBS modeling, lighting, rigging, skinning, particle effects, and more
* Video game sales exceeded the movie industry's box office draw last year by $1 billion
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Part I: Creating 3D Content for Games.

Chapter 1: Getting Started with 3D Game Animation.

Chapter 2: Game and Art Design, and Creating Storyboards.

Chapter 3: Starting with Traditional Animation Basics.

Part II: Creating Interfaces, Modeling Scenery, and Texturing Backgrounds.

Chapter 4: Creating Game User Interfaces.

Chapter 5: Modeling Scenery and Props.

Chapter 6: Adding Details with Materials.

Chapter 7: Mapping Textures.

Chapter 8: Creating Effective Lighting.

Part III: Designing, Modeling, and Animating Game Characters.

Chapter 9: Techniques for Modeling Characters.

Chapter 10: Discovering the Basics of 3D Animation.

Chapter 11: Animating Characters.

Chapter 12: Animating Facial Movements.

Chapter 13: Automating Reactions with Dynamics.

Part IV: Animating Game Cut Scenes.

Chapter 14: Animating Scene Elements.

Chapter 15: Animating with Particles.

Chapter 16: Rendering an Animation.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 17: Ten Types of Tools Used by Game Companies.

Chapter 18: Ten Creative Jobs in the Animation Industry.

Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Land a Job as a 3D Game Animator.

Appendix A: Using Game Engine Tools.

Appendix B: Glossary of Animation Terms.

Appendix C: Directory of Animation Schools.


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Kelly L. Murdock has written about computer topics ranging from multimedia to JavaScript. He has also created 3D models for feature films and worked as a freelance 3D artist.
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Welcome to the online portion of 3D Animation For Dummies. You'll find sample code from the chapters here. To download the included code samples, follow these steps.
  • Click on the link below to download the files you want.
  • Choose a location to save the file on your hard drive.
  • After the download is compete, run WinZip or another software program that decompresses .zip files and extract the zipped folder into the directory of your choice.

ChapterExampleFiles.zip includes all the examples for the commercial version of Maya
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ChapterExampleFilesforPLE.zip will work for the Personal Learning Edition of Maya.

If the files are extracted with folders, then all examples will be placed in a folder that matches the book chapters.

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