Animation Courses

 

I am currently teaching the following animation courses at the Savannah College of Art and Design- Atlanta Campus:

Undergraduate

ANIM 180 Action Analysis I
Drawing from life is at the foundation of understanding human and animal articulation, proportion, balance, weight and pose essential for the animator. By using observational drawing techniques to learn to see, students explore issues of human and animal pose and motion relevant to animation. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101.

ANIM 202 Principles of 2D Animation-Students explore the basic principles of animation to develop an understanding of character and performance. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of actions. Prerequisite(s): ANIM 180.

ANIM 252 Principles of 3D Animation-Building on principles learned in Principles of 2-D Animation, students are introduced to animating in 3-D, with an emphasis on weight, pose and the mechanics of character movement. Students use their 2-D animation skills to thumbnail and create rough animations that help push their 3-D poses. Prerequisite(s): ANIM 202.

ANIM 312 2-D Animation ProductionUsing perspective and other traditional design attributes to create a variety of shot compositions, students in this course learn the business of staging, posing and animating action in a sequential layout to create effective visual narrative. This course develops the student’s ability to rough, block and animate 2-D shots in sequence to meet the goals of the script to tell a story.

ANIM 322 Acting For Animators- In this course, students further their studies in animation by exploring acting and public speaking in team environments. Students act out their characters and complete drawings of motion studies, expressions and poses. Prerequisite(s): ANIM 202.

ANIM 332 2D Character Animation I-Students learn to develop a better sense of timing, staging and fluid movement while continuing to develop sequential drawing skills. Prerequisite(s): ANIM 252.

ANIM 333  3D Character Animation IIn this first level character animation course, students focus on blocking and expressive timing in character animation. Technical understanding is developed in posing, weight and timing to create effective acting with facial expressions and lip-synch. Prerequisite(s): ANIM 252.

ANIM 362 2D Character Animation IIBy interpreting a script and other given materials to determine character motivations and other unique traits of character personality, this course allows students to explore more advanced aspects of character animation. Topics addressed include sequence planning and pacing, subtle character gesture and advanced action timing with emphasis on personal observation. Prerequisite(s): ANIM 332.

ANIM 363 3D Character Animation IIBy interpreting a script and other given materials to determine character and motivations, students explore more advanced aspects of 3-D character animation. Topics covered include sequence planning and pacing, subtle character gesture and advanced action timing with emphasis on observation. Prerequisite(s): ANIM 333.

ANIM 392 2D Character Animation III-By interpreting a script and/or dialog tracks to determine character motivations and other unique traits of character personality, students in this course explore advanced aspects of 2-D character animation.  The course addresses topics including sequence planning and pacing, subtle character gesture and thinking, and advanced action timing with emphasis on personal observation. Prerequisite(s): ANIM 362.

ANIM 393  3D Character Animation III-This course extends the experience of 3-D character animators to replicate a studio environment. Class sessions are based on the industry practice of screening “dailies” and taking supervisor notes. Sequence exercises prioritize subtle performance texture by revealing character thought process in dialog and non-dialog sequences. Prerequisite(s): ANIM 363.

ANIM 304  Digital Cel Animation I-In this course, students study 2-D animation that is created digitally. Students assess both the aesthetic and technical aspects of character animation as it relates specifically to a paperless pipeline. Prerequisite(s): ANIM 202.

ANIM 442 Digital Cel Animation IIIn this advanced course in 2-D digital animation, students use their knowledge of the media to produce a short animated film, learning in the process how to incorporate sound and render the output for broadcast. Course emphasis is on contemporary aesthetics and animation appeal. Prerequisite(s): ANIM 304.

Graduate

ANIM 504 Character Animation Basics-Students explore the principles of animation to develop an understanding of the physics of character motion utilizing both traditional and CG techniques. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of action and demonstrating weight and timing appropriate to an introductory graduate level.

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