Category Archives: Animation

Animation – week 12

Classroom

 Tuesday

  1. Presentations due: N/A
  2. Please watch the class video below
  3. Cognitive drawing exercise is here
  4. Adult Swim has made all 5 seasons of the animated series Samurai Jack free to stream online. Do yourself a favor and check out this groundbreaking cartoon
  5. Work on your storyboard at home. You can download the ToonBoom software trial version for 3 weeks and purchase a drawing tablet to plug into your computer. Note: if there’s no way you can make this happen, please let me know, so we can make other arrangements.
  6. If you have a finished script or storyboard, please put it in your folder and let me know it’s there
  7. Feel free to post any questions in the class forum

Thursday

  1. Please watch the video below
  2. Presentations due:  Kaleo, Livia, and Daniel. Please put your presentation in your folder
  3. Cognitive drawing exercise is here
  4. 12 Principles of Animation: 8. Secondary Action
  5. Do a secondary motion  animation exercise: animate a character’s reaction to eating food that is very spicy,  terribly sour, or extremely bad. Upload the finished animation to your folder
  6. Work on. your storyboards. When they are finished, begin work on your final animation

Assignments

  1. Work on the storyboard for your scene in Storyboard Pro
  2. Finish it as quickly as possible, so you can work on your final animation

Animation – week 9

Classroom

 Tuesday

  1. Presentation: N/A
  2. Cognitive drawing exercise is here
  3. Look at animated exercises from last week (Slow in and Slow out)
  4. Look at complete scripts – finish your script, if you haven’t, then work on your storyboard. Look at finished storyboards
  5. Watch a DisneyPlus experimental animation Loop
  6. Show first video of hand-drawn animation

Thursday

  1. Presentation: Zakaria, Jordan
  2. Cognitive drawing exercise is here
  3. Look at any finished scripts, animatics
  4. 12 Principles of Animation:  7. Arcs
  5. Do an Arcs  animation exercise: animate something moving in an arc. It could be a bird, or a plane, or Superman!

Assignments

  1. Finish your short script for an animated scene
  2. Start working on the storyboard for your scene in Storyboard Pro

Animation – week 8

Classroom

 Tuesday

  1. Presentation: Zach Ellingson
  2. Cognitive drawing exercise is here
  3. Look at animated exercises from last week (Follow Through and Overlapping Action)
  4. Look at complete scripts – finish your script, if you haven’t, then work on your storyboard. Look at finished storyboards
  5. Watch a DisneyPlus experimental animation Wind

Thursday

  1. Presentation: Rafael
  2. Cognitive drawing exercise is here
  3. Look at any finished scripts, animatics
  4. 12 Principles of Animation:  6. Slow In and Slow Out
  5. Do a Slow In and Slow Out animation exercise: animate a head moving from left-facing profile to straight ahead to right-facing profile using Slow In and Slow Out (like in the video). Use “arcs” to trace the movements of the body parts, like the nose
  6. Next week: talk about hand-drawn animation tutorial

Assignments

  1. Write a short script for an animated scene
  2. Start working on the storyboard for your scene in Storyboard Pro

Animation – week 7

Classroom

 Tuesday

  1. Grades – I’ll put your first quarter grades into D2L this week
  2. Presentations: Sofi, Jesus
  3. Cognitive drawing exercise is here and here
  4. Masstransitscope article
  5. Watch a DisneyPlus experimental animation ( Float). Talk about how important the story is to the animation
  6. Look at finished walk cycles, exercise animations, and scripts
  7. Introduce Toon Boom and Storyboard Pro
  8. Continue to work on walk cycles. If you are done with your walk cycle, start working on a script for a short animated scene

Thursday

  1. Presentation: JD, Nick
  2. Cognitive drawing exercise is here and here
  3. Look at any finished walk cycles, animation scripts
  4. 12 Principles of Animation:  5. Follow-Through and Overlapping Action
  5. Do a Follow-Through and Overlapping Action animation exercise (animate a moving character who’s appendage – hair, feathered hat, tail, etc. – displays the properties of this exercise. Animate the appendage on a separate layer )

Assignments

  1. Finish walk cycle for your character and add in their personality via clothing, appendages, the way they move, etc.
  2. Write a short script for an animated scene

Animation – week 6

Classroom

 Tuesday

  1. Presentations: Natalia
  2. Cognitive drawing exercise is here
  3. Pass around The Animator’s Survival Kit book
  4. Watch a DisneyPlus experimental animation (Short Circuit)
  5. Look at finished walk cycles and Straight Ahead and Pose to Pose animations
  6. Look at characters and sample of animation script
  7. Continue to work on walk cycles. If you are done with your walk cycle, start working on a script for a short animated scene.

Thursday

  1. No class today due to Rodeo Vacation, so we will do the following next week
  2. Presentation: Jesus
  3. Cognitive drawing exercise is here
  4. Look at any finished walk cycles, animation scripts
  5. 12 Principles of Animation:  5. Follow-Through and Overlapping Action
  6. Do a Follow-Through and Overlapping Action animation exercise (animate a moving character who’s appendage – hair, feathered hat, tail, etc. – displays the properties of this exercise. Animate the appendage on a separate layer )
  7. Introduction to ToonBoom

Assignments

  1. Work on walk cycle for your character and add in their personality via clothing, appendages, the way they move, etc.
  2. Write a short script for an animated scene

Animation – week 5

Classroom

 Tuesday

  1. Presentations: Weston, Luke
  2. Cognitive drawing exercise is here
  3. Watch a DisneyPlus experimental animation (Short Circuit)
  4. Deadline for character walk cycle – extended – let’s check in next week and see how people are doing on this
  5. Continue to work on walk cycles. Demo how to animate on twos and pause a character at the top and bottom of their walk cycle

Assignment

  1. Work on walk cycle for your character

Thursday

  1. No presentation today
  2. Cognitive drawing exercise is here
  3. Look at any finished walk cycles
  4. 12 Principles of Animation: 4. Straight Ahead and Pose to Pose
  5. Do a Straight Ahead and Pose to Pose animation exercise (little wizard shooting wand an another, who’s freaking out)
  6. Adding sound using Luke’s animation as a demo
  7. Next week: Introduction to ToonBoom
  8. Next week: Look at sample of animation script

Assignments

  1. Work on walk cycle for your character and add in their personality

Animation – week 4

Classroom

 Tuesday

  1. Cognitive drawing exercise this page and this page
  2. Watch a DisneyPlus experimental animation (Short Circuit)
  3. Check out the presentation schedule
  4. Deadline for character walk cycle – Feb. 13th
  5. Continue to work on walk cycles. Demo how to move the character across the stage.
  6. Look at sample of animation script

Assignment

  1. Work on walk cycle for your character

Thursday

  1. Cognitive drawing exercise here
  2. Discuss animation opportunity for a company
  3. 12 Principles of Animation: 3. Staging
  4. Do a staging exercise – characters/elements come onto the stage one after another
  5. Talk about personality walk

Assignments

  1. Work on walk cycle for your character, then make it into a personality walk

Animation – week 3

Classroom

 Tuesday

  1. We need a notetaker for the class. Is anyone interested?
  2. Talk about history of animation: Pixar
  3. Cognitive drawing exercise
  4. Do a demo of making a monkey head squash and stretch in profile. Transition  to talking about how the head squashes and stretches in walk cycles
  5. Work on squashing and stretching your character’s head as a step towards doing a walk cycle
  6. Do a sample walk cycle together

Assignment

  1. Do an animation where your character’s head is squashing and stretching, as it would during a walk cycle. Use this image as a guide to how it will squash and stretch (it will squash at the lowest point in the walk cycle, and stretch at the highest point
  2. Add it to a real walk cycle for your character.

Thursday

  1. Cognitive drawing exercise
  2. Watch a DisneyPlus experimental animation (Short Circuit)
  3. 12 Principles of Animation: 2: Anticipation
  4. Do animated Anticipation exercise – character waiting for a gift – excited, surprised, disappointed (think squash and stretch)
  5. Start work on walk cycle

Assignments

  1. Upload final character turnaround file to Google Drive
  2. Work on walk cycle for your character

Animation – Week 2

Classroom

 Tuesday

  1. Show example of Brock
  2. Look at turnaround characters assigned in previous class
  3. Look at famous character silhouettes 
  4. Take a look at these tips on character design
  5. Discuss character drawing issues
  6. Do a character drawing exercise (create four views of a new character from scratch, using guide lines)

Assignment

  1. Work on updates to your character turnaround. The final character is due Thursday. Also, draw your character in silhouette (one pose) and try and make them look unique. Upload it to your Google Drive folder

Thursday

  1. Discuss the software we’ll be using (Harmony Advanced & Storyboard Pro), plus online resources (http://www.toonboom.com)
  2. Critique final character turnarounds (for those who have made significant changes).
  3. Do lip sync tutorial
  4. Discuss plot-writing strategies for animated scene and how to use the 12 principles of animation to build your story
  5. Talk about backgrounds and look at this article
  6. Do background drawing exercise
  7. Watch this animation while you work

Assignments

  1. Upload final character turnaround file to Google Drive
  2. Write a short summary of the plot of your animated scene (a couple paragraphs) and turn it in next Tuesday
  3. Start sketching out a background for your scene

Animation – Week 1

Classroom

Thursday

  1. Attendance. Introductions and review syllabus
  2. Talk about Adobe login.
  3. We’re going to use both Adobe Animate (Flash) and ToonBoom Harmony & Storyboard Pro this semester. The last two programs were used to create Netflix’s animated movie Klaus.
  4. Here’s where you can get a  monthly subscription to the animation software we’re using for $9/month https://store.toonboom.com/students
  5. Create a folder on Google Drive and share with me.
  6. Oscar-nominated short animations, Saturday, Feb. 1st, at noon at the Loft theater
  7. Talk about presentations, i.e. “industry reports”
  8. Demonstrate how to use Cintiqs and pen checkout process. 
  9. Discuss history of animation, watch video
  10. Share physical and virtual examples of Zoetrope, 3D Zoetrope & Flipbook (Pixar), Thaumatrope, Praxinoscope

Assignment

  1. Sketch the turnaround view of a character that you want to animate this semester. It can be black and white or color. Here’s a video of how to do it. Scan it in or take a digital picture of it that we can share with everyone during the next class. Upload it to your Google Drive folder. Due next class.
  2. Example below (click to enlarge):

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Animation – week 3

Classroom

Wednesday

  1. Talk about history of animation: Pixar
  2. Look at changes to character turnarounds
  3. Watch 12 Principles of Animation video: 1. Squash and Stretch
  4. Do a squash and stretch exercise in Adobe Animate – first with a ball, then with a character’s head, as if they are walking
  5. Cognitive drawing
  6. Talk about tweening animation vs. frame by frame animation and demonstrate
  7. Share class presentation schedule – end of class

Assignment

  1. Do an animation where your character’s head is squashing and stretching, as it would during a walk cycle. Use this image as a guide to how it will squash and stretch (it will squash at the lowest point in the walk cycle, and stretch at the highest point