How to Cheat in Maya 2010: Tools and Techniques for the Maya Animator

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The coolest models and most gorgeous lighting will fall flat if the animation is lifeless. Do you struggle with creating interesting movement that is fluid and entertaining? Do you understand the principles of animation but wonder how they are applied in Maya? "How to Cheat in Maya" is your answer. Packed with the techniques and secrets of professional animators, this book gives you the tools you need to create appealing animations. You will not only learn how to be productive in Maya, you will also be given a peek under the hood at the actual scene files of a professional animator - this is the ultimate resource for intermediate and professional animators. Contains gold-mine coverage of: animation techniques, common problems faced by animators, props and scenery creation, and even foolproof lighting to show off your work. The DVD includes all Maya files, as well as video files of the animations demonstrated in the book. An accompanying web site will also be part of the package.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240811888
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/5/2010
  • Series: How to Cheat in Series
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Luhta is a professional animator whose recent credits include "Bioshock 2", "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs", "Horton Hears A Who!", and numerous television commercials. Eric has extensive experience with Autodesk's Maya, including teaching it, as an instructor for the Maya Training Program at He currently lives in Los Angeles, CA with his wife and 3 computers.

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Table of Contents

How to Cheat In Maya
Topics Outline

Section 1: Character Animation in Maya
Essential Maya Concepts in Character Animation
The Graph Editor
Applying animation principles
Pose to Pose Blocking
Layered Animation
More Animation Techniques

Section 2: Adding to your animation
Modeling Props for Your Characters
Rigging Props and Scenery
Foolproof Lighting Solutions

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  • Posted December 23, 2009

    Great animation book

    Nice to have a book that just focuses on animating in Maya. Topics are broken down nicely and the provided examples are top notch. Highly recommended if you are interested in character animation.

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