Hand-drawn Animation

SHAYNE HOOD | shaynehood@gmail.com | http://www.shaynehood.com | 661.254.0591

SYLLABUS 2019

Multimedia 402 | Animation Workshop
Section #16064 Los Angeles Mission College
Shayne Hood – Adjunct Professor
Office Hours Noon-12:45 Thursdays, AMP 208/9

Contact: Curtis Stage
Vice Chair- Assistant Professor- Multimedia
AMP – Arts-Media-Performance –
Los Angeles Mission College 818-364-7771
http://lamission.edu/multimedia

From the LAMC Course Catalog:

“An introduction to the principles, practices, philosophy, and discipline of design for animation. Topics include treatments, character and object design, storyboards and animatics for time-based media such as animation and video.”

Course Description:

An introduction to the principles, practices, philosophy, and discipline of design for animation: Topics include treatments; character, and background design; storyboards and animatics. The final will consist of a completed animation project.

Student Learning Outcomes:

1. Distinguish and analyze the basic terminology and vocabulary associated with character animation.
2. Demonstrate a proficiency in fundamental animation skills such as squash and stretch, anticipation, exaggeration, action/reaction, and follow through.
3. Examine the visual and conceptual components of animations and evaluate projects in a critical manner.
4. Compose an animated film that incorporates plans in storyboard form and utilizes sound effects.

This and That Policy

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!

Disability Statement:

Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSP&S) at Los Angeles Mission College is a support system that enables students to fully participate in the college’s regular programs and activities. DSP&S provides a variety of services from academic and vocational support to assistance with Financial Aid. If you are a disabled student and need a modification, special assistance or accommodation in order to participate in this class, alert the instructor promptly and contact the DSP&S office at 818 364-7732 or 818 364-7861. Modifications, special assistance or accommodations can only be made with proper documentation and coordination with DSP&S.

MANAGEMENT OF STRESS AND MENTAL HEALTH:

As a student, not only do you have the pressure of succeedin in school, you may also be contending with work, financial issues, relationships, managing time effectively, getting
enough sleep, etc. The staff and faculty of Los Angeles Mission College are here to provide support that will help you to be successful in your academic pursuits. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services offered on campus, including counseling and mental health services, by either visiting the Student Health Center (SHC), which is currently located in the Bungalow just west of the Collaborative Studies Building*, checking out the SHC webpage at:
https://www.lamission.edu/healthcenter/ or calling:
818 362-6182.

You are encouraged to enter the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number (1-800-273-8255) into your cell phone in case you or someone you know is in distress and needs someone with whom to talk.

*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:

Important Dates to Keep in Mind:

DAY AND EVENING CLASSES BEGIN February 4
Non-Instructional Day College Closed March 28
Spring Break March 29 – April 05
Last day of Instruction May 26
FINAL EXAMS May 28 – June 03

Last day to add a class with an Add Permission Code February 18
DROP CLASSES (16-week classes) – Must be dropped online via the student portal
Last day to drop classes with a refund or without incurring fees February 18
Last day to drop classes with a “W” –
A letter grade is required after this date May 5

REMINDER:
Course repetition is regulated by state guidelines, limiting students to a maximum of three (3) enrollments in a course, to include both substandard grades and withdrawals, unless otherwise specified in the course description.

If you stop attending a class (or wish to drop a class)
YOU MUST DROP THE CLASS YOURSELF
Failure to do so may result in a grade of “F” in that class.


Class Structure:

Class runs from 12:45 pm to 5:00 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 demonstration and doing of class work and complete explanation of homework assignment (to be done during lab times or at home).


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
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

Supplies:
Required-
Pencils and sharpener or mechanical pencil and extra lead and eraser(s)
Paper (lined and typing or sketchpad)
USB Flash Drive – to save your work

Help!

If any student needs assistance of any kind (physical, emotional, job-related, home life-related, etc.) please speak with me before or after class, through email, or by telephone. Animation is for EVERYONE!

Schedule:
Each week there will be a lesson. Lessons are subject to change or adjust according to unexpected circumstances.

February 7th: Lesson One
History of animation including camera-less animation. Hands-on animation techniques. Homework- finish flip books

February 14th: Lesson Two
In-class animation assignment- bouncing ball. What is a treatment? Shoot flipbooks. Homework- write treatment

February 21st: Lesson Three
Present treatments to peers. In-class animation assignment- walk cycle. What makes good character design? Homework- design character

February 28th: Lesson Four
Present character designs to peers. In-class animation assignment- walk AtoB.
What makes good background design? Homework- design background

March 7th: Lesson Five
Present background designs to peers. In-class animation assignment- turning heads. What is a storyboard? Homework- storyboard

March 14th: Lesson Six
Present storyboards to peers. What is an animatic? Shoot storyboard cards for animatics.

March 21st: Lesson Seven
Work on animatics next class. In-class animation assignment- F/X. Recording sound and creating audio tracks… how?

March 28th: LAMC closed

April 4th: Spring Break

April 11th: Workshop
A best animated feature TBD. Work on final project. Show peers an animated scene from final project.

April 18th: Workshop
A best animated feature TBD. Work on final project. Show peers an animated scene from final project.

April 25th: Workshop
A best animated feature TBD. Work on final project. Show peers an animated scene from final project.

May 2nd: Workshop
A best animated feature TBD. Work on final project. Show peers an animated scene from final project.

May 9th: Workshop
A best animated feature TBD. Work on final project. Show peers an animated scene from final project.

May 16th: Workshop
Editing!

May 23rd: Workshop
Editing and finalization!

May 30th: Finals

Grading/Attendance:
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.

Grading-
50% = class participation, in-class assignments, quizzes
25% = completed homework assignments
25% = final exam and project