MoMath ‘Animation Creation’ VFX Series with Beau Janzen

By 12/03/2021 11:41:00 AM

Is your child interested in Visual Effects? So many movies ultity VFX to bring the story and charchters to life. To learn how this is done.....and how the process uses good math skills.....I attended the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) Animation Creation — the math of visual effects series.


My son and I learned so much! We were amazed to see how iconic charchters like X-Men's Mystique was built in CGI and the mathamatical thinking and planning that went into make her "morph" in the film. We can't wait to learn more in the upcoming sessions!

Beginning Thursday, December 2, for three consecutive weeks, participants can get a behind-the-scenes peek at the mathematics employed in creating stunning visuals for the big and small screens.

MoMath 'Animation Creation’, is a new program series with Emmy-award winning television and film Visual Effects Supervisor Beau Janzen.

This program is appropriate for middle school students and above; participants should have a basic understanding of geometry and simple algebra.

“The Art of Digital Sculpting”
Thursday, December 2 at 6:30 pm ET (New York)
Dive into how digital sculptors or “modelers” can create any type of object using the digital clay of mathematics.

“The Art of Digital Light and Color”
Thursday, December 9 at 6:30 pm ET (New York)
How do artists control virtual light and color to create objects and worlds that are indistinguishable from reality?

“The Art of Digital Movement”
Thursday, December 16 at 6:30 pm ET (New York)
Explore how digital animators create motion — from graceful dancing to complex moving machinery — by harnessing the principles of graphing and geometry.

Janzen has over twenty years’ experience in digital animation production and has worked on highly-acclaimed and award winning television shows and movies including HBO’s Westworld, AMC’s The Walking Dead, Netflix’s Stranger Things, and both D.C. and Marvel superhero projects including Gotham, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., X-Men, Man of Steel, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Janzen will take visitors through each of the fundamental aspects of digital creation including sculpting, light and color, and movement, bringing to life the basic mathematical principles of geometry, algebra, and trigonometry involved in each aspect of developing on-screen magic.

Through the ‘Animation Creation,’ mini-course he hopes to show the public the beauty and versatility of math, demystifying the science of visual effects and demonstrating how math is just another tool, like paint or clay, the artists use to construct iconic movie and television moments.

For more information, visit www.momath.org/animation-creation

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