This course will introduce processes for the creation of TV quality character animation. Basic principles such as anticipation, follow-through, squash, stretch, extreme poses, in-betweens and character turnarounds will be discussed, all of which are necessary to create the illusion of life in both two-dimensional and 3D characters. Students will draw their own storyboard and then animate their short segment, gag or story. Computers with Blender, Maya and Opentoonz software and interactive pen tablets will be available for student use during class time.
Getting it onto any screen:
Blender is the totally free and unrestricted, open source 3D creation suite. Yes, it is totally free! It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, video editing and 2D animation pipeline.
OpenToonz Tutorials & Other Resources
Please study these important video tutorials. They cover the use of OpenToonz software and basic principles of character animation. If you have a computer at home, you should download and install OpenToonz, and follow along with the tutorials to establish basic knowledge of our primary production tool. Yes, this program is totally free!