Students in this seminar course work on the development and pre-production phases for the DAC senior thesis short. We’ll focus on story development, preproduction activities, and the organization of the production team and production pipeline for the thesis short.
Demonstrate mastery of production terms and relate them to principles of production animation
Develop artistic content for use in a high-production value animated film
Understand the roles and work packages that make up the animation pre-production process
Identify key filmmakers and animators; production styles; and film genres
Discuss the animation discovery and pre-production process
Assemble and present quality pre-production packages
Apply design principles and elements into the creation of 3D images in a narrative form
Provide development for all characters, environments, and sets in the story
Complete the Storyboard and animatic for the production
Develop and articulate a clear and concise production plan for the project as well as a feasible management plan that includes staff-selection of key production members
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to develop a story and complete pre-production assets, including a 2D storyboard animatic for a 4-7 minute animated short. This work will give you a real-world understanding of the animation pre-production process from rigorous, hands-on experience.