As a teacher of Digital Animation, I’m always looking for new ways to deliver the course. Up to this point, students have been bound by what the Adobe Creative Suite offers (which is certainly not a bad thing); however, students have struggled to engage with Flash which has been our core animation program.
Recently, I’ve been investigating other programs to spice things up a little and am keen to introduce 3D animation. This particular form of modeling and animation as become increasingly popular thanks to those at Pixar and Dreamworks. A number of programs come to mind including Blender (which is an open-source, cross platform suite), 3D Studio Max, Cinema 4D and Newtek’s Lightwave.
Lightwave brings me back to the university days. Its a complex yet intuitive. A brilliant piece of software that allows you to create your model and animate using a variety of camera and lighting techniques. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. Here is a studio setting I completed from scratch which includes 2 copies of a coke-bottle. Perhaps this is what I’ve been looking for?