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Getting Animated: Online Activities for Video Game Production, CGI & More!

Have you ever wondered what it takes to move a 3D-animated character in a movie or video game? Perhaps you’ve marvelled at a stunning computer-generated-imagery (CGI) sequence in a blockbuster film and thought, “Is this real?”  

Vancouver is a booming hub of award-winning game and animation studios. For this year's Girls and STEAM, Science World teamed up with studios responsible for internationally known projects such as Mulan, Avengers: Endgame, Madagascar: A Little Wild, Minecraft, and The Snoopy Show.

Join experts as they walk you through the basics of cinematic and 3D animation, as well as game design. Get ready to download some software so that these instructors can guide you step-by-step through what it takes to animate your own future renowned projects!

Building Cartoon Worlds using Unreal Engine

In this workshop we will get an introduction to Unreal Engine and how it is used in animation. Shazy Gustafson, Software Development Supervisor at WildBrain Studios, demonstrates how to build environments and animate simple characters. 

Intro to Game Development

Discover how game designers, artists, and software engineers work together to make games!Then, try customizing one of their simple game designs using the Unity game engine.

Sketchbook to Screen

Academy Award winning VFX studio, DNEG, presents an animation taster session! Animator Arna Diego and VFX Trainer Rosie Walker provide a step-by-step guide on how to take a character or creature from your sketchbook and bring it to life in the 3D world. All you need to do is download 3D software to your computer and you can follow this workshop from home.

Coding Bones for 3D Animation 

Have you ever wondered how your favourite 3D-animated characters move around on the screen? Leslie Martin of Mainframe Studios invites you to take a look at the process of setting up props and characters for computer animation!  Join us as we explore how coding helps rigging artists streamline the process of preparing 3D models to be articulated by animators, and show some of the steps necessary to enable that motion! 

Want to delve into more online activities?

From design-thinking to building a landslide in your kitchen, choose from a range of topics from this year's Girls and STEAM Virtual Symposium! You can even stream our keynote speeches by Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, and marine biologist, Dr. Sarika Cullis-Suzuki.