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2D Animation Principles

Course Summary

Bring a cast of characters to life. By following the basic principles of animation, you can build characters that interact naturally with their environments, convey realistic emotion, and talk and walk convincingly.       

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    Course Syllabus

       Using the exercise files
    1. Design
       Understanding appeal and design
       Comparing body types
       Understanding silhouette
       Creating gesture drawings
       Tying down the drawing
    2. Staging, Storyboard, and Layout
       Comparing storyboard styles
       Understanding shot composition
       Demonstrating lighting
       Understanding the 180-degree line
    3. Technical Issues
       Understanding X-sheets (dope sheets)
       Comparing frame rates
       Creating sweatbox notes and preparation
    4. Animated Physics
       Understanding arcs
       Squash, stretch, and volume
       Comparing timing and spacing
    5. Anticipation, Overshoot, and Settle
       Using anticipation, overshoot, and settle
       Breaking and loosening joints
       Leading action
    6. Drag, Overlap, and Follow-Through
       Understanding primary and secondary action
       Using overlap and follow-through
       Applying lines of action, reversals, and S-curves
       Moving holds and idles
    7. Walks and Runs
       Understanding walk and run cycles
       Creating eccentric walks
       Animal locomotion
    8. Dialogue
       Finding dialogue accents
       Creating dialogue through body movement
       Creating stock mouth shapes
       Using complementary shapes
    9. Thumbnails, Acting, and Animating
       Creating thumbnails
       Comparing straight-ahead and pose-to-pose animation
       Adding breakdowns for looseness
       Next steps


Course Fee:
USD 25

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3 - 4 hours / week

This course is listed under Digital Media & Games Community

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