You can be a great modeler or animator without learning how to script at all, but it is a skill that’s very useful. Imagine a scene where we are supposed to see lights come on randomly in a cityscape as the sun goes down. This is not very difficult to do, but it is time consuming and tedious, and your client needs it the next day. This is where a little scripting knowledge can really assist as a time-saving tool for automating repetitive tasks. Another use for it is in controlling animations such as walking cycles.

A scripting language is similar to a programming language. It doesn’t need to be compiled (converted to 0s and 1s) into a program, but is read by an interpreter that is usually part of your 3D package. It comprises a ...

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