This course introduces students to Maya MEL (MEL stands for Maya Embedded Language). The course helps students attain a head start in the use of MEL commands and scripts. Once students grasp the essentials of MEL, this course continues to guide them to maximize their control of the commands, macros, scripts, and custom interface elements that can be created with MEL. Furthermore, students can use MEL commands to bypass Maya’s user interface, quickly create shortcuts, and access advanced features. With workshop experiments, students learn to enter exact values for attributes, circumvent any restrictions to precision that the interface imposes, customize it for specific scenes, and also to customize default settings to suit a particular project.