RIT/NTID students create 3D Moth animation

Two Deaf international students from RIT/NTID, Rodrigo Tavares and Haixu Liu, created an awesome 3D animation of a flying moth for “The Daily Moth.”

The two will explain how they created it and show you the animation.


BOTH: Hello!

RODRIGO TAVARES: I’m Rodrigo. *Signs his name*

I’m from Brazil.

HAIXUI’m Haixu. *Signs his name*

I’m from China. We’re students at RIT/NTID. We’re majoring in 3D Graphic Technology. Hey, have you seen this moth? That’s our creation, the Daily Moth 3D design model.

RODRIGO: Yes, more specifically, we used Maya provided by the company Autodesk. This is used for tv shows, visual effects, video games and 3D cartoons. Different aspects you would find in movie productions. We used Maya to create this logo. So, we had been watching The Daily Moth with their news broadcasting for the deaf community. I started wondering, “Why couldn’t they be more visual?”

So, we decided we would provide them support. Soon, I’ll show you really quickly what Maya looks like, my work and his work, the motion technology and lastly, the rendering.

You’ll see some of that soon!

HAIXU: See this? That’s Maya. It’s a computer program. Rodrigo and I emailed Alex and asked him for the picture of the moth which he gave us. I focused on the moth while Rodrigo focused on the light bulb.

RODRIGO: Hey, so you just watched Haixu’s commentary, after Haixu and I are finished with our production, I’ll integrate our models into this program with the moth and the light. Now, I’ll work on the moving animation. This is what it looks like.

[Shows animation]

RODRIGO: That’s how it works and now the next thing to do is test it through rendering. We test it out and make sure it’s satisfactory before we submit the file.

HAIXU: We’ve worked hard, tested repeatedly, given each other feedback and discussed how to improve our work. After all that process, we’re finished and we’re ready to show you the final product

RODRIGO: I’m so excited!


Alex: Very cool! I am very honored that you two took the time to create this. Thank you, Rodrigo and Haixu, and RIT/NTID!