Students, like Miguel Najera, 17, and Danika Gallagher, 11, enjoyed learning the fundamentals of compositing, modeling, and rendering, but also found it challenging.
"I'm just fascinated by how objects and polygons can become animation," Miguel, who has an interest in pursuing computer animation as a career, said. "It's all part of any video game or movie you see, like Halo or anything by Dreamworks."
Danika said her favorite part was building a racecar and person in Maya and making a short movie with it.
A showcase at the Carlsbad Museum (418 West Fox St.) will display the students' short movies on Friday, July 19, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The public is invited to come and support the students' animated artwork. For more information, contact the museum at 887-0276.