We are excited and happy to welcome and old friend, Ramahan Faulk, recently of Digital Domain, to Rigging Dojo as our new modeling Mentor!
Ramahan will be teaching a course on professionally built topology for performance based deformations. A must-take course for modelers who need to build for animation as well as character TDs needing to improve their eye for topology and controlling the shapes their rig makes.
As a leading character performance focused artist and technician, Ramahan Faulk has worked on many high-end film projects as well as major video game franchises and commercials. Prior to his career in the entertainment business Ramahan was on active duty with the United States Navy as Jet Engine Mechanic where he explored all things technical and exploited his enjoyment for aviation for 9 years. After serving in the Desert Storm War, Ramahan decided to make his passion for character art a lucrative career. “There is nothing more special than doing what you love to do” During his Visual FX career Ramahan quickly developed his skill set and has worked on projects such as James Cameron’s Avatar, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Eragon, Maleficent, The Adventures of Tintin, The Fantastic Flying Books of M r. Morris Lessmore (that won an Academy A ward for Best Short Film (Animated) and m any others. Ramahan has also been intricately involved in real-ti me game productions during his career with a focus being on developing award winning and compelling facial performances that can be adapted to game development and various real-ti me areas of the pre-production process. Ramahan has always enjoyed following technology and finding creative ways of harnessing its power for that perfect shot or immersive real-time experience.
Special Course: About the course
Production Modeling and Sculpting FACS Facial blendshapes for VFX
This course is essential in understanding the need of professionally built topology for performance based deformations.
Week 1 – Topology
A basic mesh to communicate theories on topology is provided.
Instruction will be given on proven techniques and the thought process behind them . This weeks lessons will aid in resolving topology issues in production and building solutions that are bullet proof.
Week 2- Blendshapes
Reading motion and blendshape development
We will be teaching the process of reading reference correctly and how to properly great motion in blendshapes using a basic scalable workflow.*
Week 3- Face details
We will be discussing the face structures and deforming forms of the face while you author convincing shapes using the techniques covered in week 1-2
Week 4 – Practice and review
We will doing a recap on all techniques and spending more time on practices from week 3..
At the completion of week 4 the artist will have been exposed to the building blocks required to successfully develop his or her skill set in the area of facial blendshape and create topology for professional productions.
*Model will be provided, Maya and Mudbox will be the base teaching applications.