Research at Leeds Beckett
Dr Darren Wall
About Dr Darren Wall
Darren has been lecturing in creative arts subjects since 2000. He specialises in 3D Graphics, animation and digital sculpture.
Since 2000 Darren has been involved with teaching across a variety of subjects all within the creative arts. He is an experienced practitioner, researcher and teacher of Video Production and Post Production, 3D Graphics, 3D Animation, Stop Motion Animation, Drawing, Concept Design, Digital Sculpting and Character Rigging. However his greatest creative passions remain in the digital 3D modelling and animation field.
Darren is an active blogger, posting examples of his latest research and development work. Darren's blogs have also made their way into his teaching, with him opting to deliver some teaching material and feedback online.
Darren completed PhD in 2018. This concentrated in the area of photo-realistic humans, looking specifically at the theories of Masahiro Mori around the Uncanny Valley. This saw him develop his own photo-realistic, fully rigged and animateable head and shoulders setup.
- BSc (Hons) Computer Animation and VFX course:
- 3D Graphics
- Digital Sculpture
- Character Rigging and Skinning
- Production Project (Dissertation)
- Production Project (Masterpiece Project)
- Post Production and VFX
- BSc (Hons) Games Design course:
- Games Asset Generation
- Postgraduate courses:
- Dissertation Supervision for MSc and PhD students
Darren is researching viewer perception of photo realistic virtual characters. This supports the artists in the field enabling them to exploit key features of virtual computer generated characters to elicit a desired audience response.