Explore the theory, practices and fundamentals of producing 3D animation. Following a lecture/lab format, students in this course will explore the foundations of the animation process including the production pipeline, studio organizations, traditional animation techniques, foundational cinematography, storyboarding and character development.
Create content for use in a high-production value animated film
Understand the roles of the animation preproduction process and identify key filmmakers, animators, production styles, and film genres
Recognize cinematographic and lighting techniques used by diverse filmmakers and animators, as well as traditional artists and apply these techniques to your work.
Master production terms and relate them to principles of production animation
Utilize terms and structures developed by art theorists, critics and filmmakers to interpret and evaluate works of art
Articulate ideas and translate them into digital animation form
Develop a clear and concise production plan for a project and a feasible management plan, including staff selection
Create a comprehensive production requirements list and assemble and present quality preproduction packages
Apply design principles and elements into the creation of 3D images in a narrative form
Complete character development, environments, and sets development for a story
Complete the storyboard and animatic for the production
With rigorous, hand-on experience, students in this course will gain a deeper, real-world understanding of the animation preproduction process. Students will develop a story and complete preproduction assets, including 2D storyboard animatic for a 4-7 min animated short.