Chapter 2

Getting to Know the Production Pipeline

You can picture the 3D animation production pipeline as a car assembly line. Each person does a job in a sequential order to create the entire car in an efficient, affordable, and timely way. The result is an effective manufacturing process and a lower cost of the final product. The same is true today with the 3D animation production pipeline, which can consist of 400+ people or as few as 2. Every artist working on a 3D animation production pipeline will eventually have to hand off work to a different artist to work on.

So as a 3D artist, it is fundamental that you understand how the work you do will affect the next few steps in the production pipeline. This chapter starts by describing the ...

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