Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Free Zombie Rig from Hotel Transylvania!

Free zombie rig from Sony Pictures
Sony Pictures have just 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 Bucks - 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 can you find the free zombie 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:

Watch out though - it looks like Sony have removed the facial expressions from the rig. So, while this is good for walk cycles and physical actions, you won't be able to get much in the way of facial expressions.

For more on the experience of studying at Bucks New University, come and visit us at one of our Open Days,  take a virtual tour of one of our animation studios, check out what our students think of our course, and see why we're ranked in the top 12 creative universities in the UK. Find out why we're giving free laptops to all our students, and why we give all our students free access to videos at Also, see what financial assistance might be available to you. Learn which is better for animation, a PC or a Mac? Get hold of a copy of a map so you can find your way around campus, and learn about motion capture at Bucks. Finally, find out about how to use our free online training videos here at Vimeo.

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