So what is 3D? The term has become a bit muddled lately with the rise of stereoscopic movies, TV, and games that have been termed “3D.” For our purpose, 3D will be the process of creating forms that exist digitally in three dimensions that can then be animated and rendered from any direction.
But even in this more narrow definition, 3D can mean several things that have different goals and different technical benefits or limitations. We will generally lump them into two areas — high rez and low rez (short for high and low resolution).
High-rez animation refers to the amount of polygons and the size ...