Experimental Animation

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From the LAMC Course Catalog:

“Introduces the student to the basic principles of experimental animation. Emphasis is placed on the techniques, tools, and resources required to create a wide range of animated projects, including hand-drawn, clay animation and cut-out. Students apply concepts of timing, weight, personality, balance and style.”

Course Description:

During the course of this class, the student will learn the fundamentals of animation and then apply those basics through different animation techniques. The student will also be given the chance to critique each other’s work as well as work done by renowned animators/filmmakers.

Student Learning Outcomes:

1. Plan a final animation project through storyboarding.
2. Differentiate amongst the basic terminology and vocabulary associated with experimental animation.
3. Apply techniques including animation of objects, cut-out, silhouette, pixilation, clay, sand, and pin screen to produce animated films.
4. Create a final film project with at least two sound effects and/or music.

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• Ensuring that students successfully transfer to four-year institutions, prepare for successful careers in the workplace, and improve their basic skills;
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Animation is an equal opportunity art form. If you need any assistance, ANY ASSISTANCE, please bring it to my attention and I will work with you!


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*Please note that the SHC is slated to move into its new location, between the President’s Office and Administrative Services, in the spring 2016 semester.

Important Dates to Keep in Mind:

Residency Determination Date ………………………………….. August 25
Saturday classes begin …………………………………………….. August 31
Last day to process Audit Add Request ………………………. September 8
Last day for Section Transfer …………………………………….. September 8
Classes end ………………………………………………………….. December 15
FINAL EXAMS ………………………………………………………… December 9 to 15

ADD Dates – Late ADDs are not permitted
September 8

Drop classes with a “W” – A letter grade is required after this date forward –
November 17

If you stop attending a class (or wish to drop a class), YOU MUST DROP THE CLASS YOURSELF – OFFICIALLY – on or before November 17, 2019
Failure to do so may result in a grade of “F” in that class.

For Inspiration- Suggested Reading:

Masters of Animation by John Halas, ISBN 0-88162-306-7

Timing for Animation by Harold Whitaker and John Halas, ISBN 0-240-51714-8

Experimental Animation: An Illustrated Anthology by Robert Russett and Cecile Starr, ISBN 0-442-27194-8

Animals In Motion by Eadweard Muybridge, ISBN 0-486-20203-8

The Human Figure In Motion by Eadweard Muybridge, ISBN 0-486-20204-6

Rebel Without a Crew by Robert Rodriquez, ISBN 0-452-27187-8

Class Structure:

Class runs from 12:10 pm to 4:20 pm on Thursdays. The first portion of class will consist of film viewing (analyzing and critique), lecture, and critique/analysis of homework assignments. After a 15-minute break, the second portion will consist of hands-on animation demonstration of assignments and complete explanation of homework assignment to be done during lab times (or at home).


Required- (If you wish to keep your work)
USB Flash Drive


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Participation in class is mandatory. If you miss 2 classes or more, you will fall far behind. It will be possible to make up assignments and turn in extra credit. Missing three classes could result in a failing grade.

50% = verbal contribution in class and in-class assignments
25% = completed homework assignments
25% = final exam and project

Weekly Schedule Includes:

1. Technique One- Camera-less animation and history of animation.

2. Technique Two- Sand animation and the Exquisite Corpse.

3. Technique Three (D!)- Animated objects in, yes, 3D!

4. Technique Four- Clay animation and what is Claymation?

5. Technique Five- Strata-cut and the craziest animator of all!

6. Technique Six- Cut-out animation, including silhouette.

7. Technique Seven- The pin-screen (pass the band-aids)!

8. Technique Eight- Painting on glass.

9. Technique Nine- Pixilation (wear comfy clothes)!

10. Final project- which technique(s) will you choose?


Yes! We have labs and unless you have high-end equipment at your home, you might want to take advantage of our beautiful facilities!

Here is a link to the Lab hours: http://lamission.edu/Multimedia/Lab-Info.aspx
You will need to enroll in the lab (or audit): Multimedia 500


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