Art of Robotic Special Effects

Spring 2017. Inspired by the early “trick” films of George Melies, this project-oriented course brings together robotics and film production technique to infuse cinema with the wonder of live magic.

Course Number: 16-374/60-428

Spring 2017. Inspired by the early “trick” films of George Melies, this project-oriented course brings together robotics and film production technique to infuse cinema with the wonder of live magic. Students will learn the basics of film production using animatronics, camera motion control, and compositing. The projects apply these techniques to create innovative physical effects for short films, all the way from concept to post-production. The course emphasizes real-time practical effects to explore the immediacy and interactivity of improvisation and rehearsal. The robotics topics include animatronic rapid prototyping and programming human-robot collaborative performance. The course includes a brief overview of the history of special effects and robotics to set the work in context..

Spring 2017 instructors: Suzie Silver and Garth Zeglin


Course Type: Studio Course
Offered By: Art, Robotics Institute
Program: Animation & Special Effects

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