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MEL Scripting for Maya Animators

Mark R. Wilkins and Chris Kazmier

About the Authors

Mark R. Wilkins is a technical director at DreamWorks Feature Animation. Prior to DreamWorks Animation, he worked at PDI/DreamWorks, where he helped develop a production pipeline for commercials and visual effects production using Maya for effects and character animation. He has also worked at Walt Disney Feature Animation in a variety of positions including software engineer and scene setup supervisor. Mark has contributed to a number of feature films, including Minority Report, A.I., Mission: Impossible 2, Dinosaur, Hercules, and the upcoming DreamWorks animated feature Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas. Also, he has worked on a number of television commercial campaigns including spots for Intel, Kool-aid,, and Target. Mark has taught various programming courses, including classes on MEL scripting and Perl programming for animators and technical directors.

Chris Kazmier is an effects animator/technical director at DreamWorks Feature Animation, where he works on effects for traditionally animated films and films completely animated by computer graphics. Previously, Chris worked at PDI/DreamWorks on the Intel Aliens and Kool-aid ad campaigns, and also worked at Fox Animation Studios as a 3D directing animator on Titan A.E., Bartok the Magnificent, and Anastasia. Chris has taught various computer graphics courses, including 3D animation for intermediate and advanced students. © 2002-2020, Mark R. Wilkins
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