A short introduction to stop motion animation
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VK579
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
Over the duration of the course you will be introduced to the different techniques of animation, Experimental, Cutout, Sand, Pixilation, Drawn and Model animation (Plasticine animation). Each session will focus on a particular technique.
Your tutor will demonstrate each animation technique explaining stage by stage how it is done. This will be accompanied with example film clips. After brainstorming ideas, subjects and themes you will try out each method and produce your own short animation sequences.
These animation workshops will not only be fun but you will benefit by learning a whole range of animation techniques and know how, stage by stage, they can be used to put together a short film.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
The course is designed to introduce you to various techniques of Stop-frame Animation – Over the 4 sessions of the course you will learn the following topics:
- Uses and techniques of Cut-out animation ¿
- Uses and techniques of Pixilation (object + human) animation ¿
- Uses and techniques of Experimental sand animation ¿
- Animating a professional 3D Stop-Frame Puppet and plasticine¿¿
- The importance of timing and movement for successful puppet performance
- Adding audio to your animation
- Using Stop Motion software to capture animation
Producing your own short sequence to showcase your animation skills with added sound.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• produce your own Stop-frame animation using a range of professional techniques
• understand what makes a good animation and the preparations required for good performance.
• capture your animation film using digital camera capture software.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a beginner’s class but this course is suitable for those who wish to polish up their skills or try a new technique of animation.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught using a range of techniques including workshops, short lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises, tutorials, individual assistance. Any work outside the class is optional but I will give participants some practical exercise to try out.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a USB stick for the class.
Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in animation courses.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offer a range of courses in digital and traditional animation techniques, including After effects, Cinema 4D lite, Animate CC and Photoshop. We also offer courses in Film making, illustration and drawing if you wish to improve your film making, editing , sound recording , character design, illustration or drawing skills.