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  • 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.
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