VIZA 615

This is an intermediate level animation course, that eventually turned into a digital compositing course: VIZA 665 after 2000. See current course website. The new version of this course introduces the mathematical and artistic principles of digital compositing. In this course, students learn digital compositing, image based lighting, modeling and rendering, which is basically the art and science of combining CG elements with real-world imagery either in the form of still images or video. This is an essential and critical part of contemporary moviemaking. The course will cover mathematical and artistic foundations of compositing, image based lighting, rendering and modeling. The topics include but not limited to (1) Reconstruction of camera parameters from a set of images. (2) Reconstruction of light orientation and energy of environment from a set of images. (3) Reconstruction of shapes of the objects from a set of pictures. (3) Reconstruction of transparency and specularity of an object from a set of pictures. (4) Recovery of BRDF from images. (5) Recovery of texture for material samples from images.