“Exploration of the processes and techniques of pre-production in short animation“
This is the first in a sequence of two courses in Advanced Character Animation. The main focus of this course will be on storytelling and virtualization for your short animation.
The course content is divided in to three parts:
Part One: Story Development
Students will be guided into generating initial ideas for a short animation, developing a character or characters, themes, metaphors, plot points, and a short script. Some films will be presented during the class times. Students will study and analyze the characters, plots, themes, conflicts, and dialogues in each of the presented films. In developing their story, students will need to develop the characters of the protagonist and antagonist.
Part Two: Storyboarding Visualization ( Include char
This section comprises of the steps needed to accomplish your storyboard. First, students will redefine and visualize their characters, scenes, and such. Second, students will move into camera shot designs for storyboarding, and such. Both Hollywood and independent films will be used for studying the camera shots. Third, students will create the rough design colors of each scene to set the mood of the story.
Part Three: Final Animatic
Students are required to create their final animatics for their animations. This is a pre-requisite for Advanced Character Animation II.
Techniques that students will focus on when creating their final animatics include:
Developing visual styles through the mood of each sequence, colors, realism or styling to match themes, motion, timing, length, rough shots, camera shots, colors, screen layouts, and composition.
Developing digital production styles involves techniques such as scanning, drawing, photography and video combination.
Fine tuning character appearances, mood, lighting and set design.
Developing sound designs, including ambience and effects, according to the script and matching them to the camera shots.
Students will use these techniques to complete their final animatic.