Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Free Zombie rig from Sony Pictures' Hotel Transylvania

Free zombie rig from Sony Pictures
Sony Pictures have released a free zombie rig from Hotel Transylvania - created in Maya. This is a great opportunity for animation students to use a production-quality rig, one which has been used on a beautifully animated Hollywood blockbuster. Production rigs are more complex than the training rigs that we use at Animation Apprentice - so it is strictly for experienced animators. We have not tested it out yet ourselves, so we welcome input from our students on its strengths and weaknesses. Below are the terms of the license offered by Sony Pictures.

Where is the rig?
Follow this link

What are the terms of use?
Hotel Transylvania  Software License

This Zombie Rig is being made available to you for your personal, non-commercial use pursuant to the non-exclusive, revocable license grant in Paragraph 7 of the “Licenses Granted to You” Section of the Terms of Use and all other provisions thereof. By ticking the boxes below and clicking AGREE, you certify that you have read and agree to all of the provisions of the Terms of Use, including, without limitation, the restrictions on the “User Submissions” that you might create with the Zombie Rig, as well as the warranties, representations and indemnities made by you therein.

The key words above (of course) are "non-commercial use".

How does it work?
Watch this free tutorial below:

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