Hand-drawn Animation


Watch the Welcome to our Online class video:

Hey, Kids!
So here is the welcome video. There will be a few more videos in the future explaining certain assignments and such.
Some of the things you should remember:
Storyboards are due April 1st (this not an April Fools Joke)!
My email: shaynehood@gmail.com
The forum: https://byshayne.wordpress.com/forum/
Next class, I will cover your next ‘class’ assignment and homework assignment. I will also explain some ways to assemble your animation.
There are several ways for you to ‘turn in’ your assignments. I will go into more detail for class, April 2nd, right here on the WordPress.
And Finally,

There are laptop scholarships available… read here:


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


Multimedia 402 | Animation Workshop
Section #14706 Los Angeles Mission College
Shayne Hood – Adjunct Professor
Office Hours 1:30 – 2:20 PM Thursdays, AMP 208/9

Contact: Curtis Stage
Vice Chair- Assistant Professor- Multimedia
AMP – Arts-Media-Performance –
Los Angeles Mission College 818-364-7771

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.


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.

Class Structure:

Class runs from 2:20 pm to 6:35 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

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


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!

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

February 13th: Lesson One

History of animation including camera-less animation. Hands-on animation techniques. Homework- finish flip books

February 20th: Lesson Two

In-class animation assignment- bouncing ball. What is a treatment? Shoot flipbooks. Homework- write treatment

February 27th: Lesson Three

Present treatments to peers. In-class animation assignment- walk cycle. What makes good character design? Homework- design character

March 5th: Lesson Four

Present character designs to peers. In-class animation assignment- walk AtoB.
What makes good background design? Homework- design background

March 12th: Lesson Five

Present background designs to peers. In-class animation assignment- turning heads. What is a storyboard? Homework- storyboard

March 19th: Lesson Six

Present storyboards to peers. What is an animatic? Shoot storyboard cards for animatics.

March 26th: Lesson Seven

Work on animatics to be shown to peers next week. In-class animation assignment- F/X. Recording sound and creating audio tracks… how?

April 2nd: To Be Determined

April 9th: Spring Break

April 16th: Workshop

Present animatics! In-class assignment- dialogue.

April 23rd: Workshop

A best animated feature TBD. Work on final project. Show peers an animated scene from final project.

April 30th: Workshop

A best animated feature TBD. Work on final project. Show peers an animated scene from final project.

May 7th: Workshop

A best animated feature TBD. Work on final project. Show peers an animated scene from final project.

May 14th: Workshop

A best animated feature TBD. Work on final project. Show peers an animated scene from final project.

May 21st: Workshop


May 28th: Workshop

Editing and finalization!

June 4th: Finals

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


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: Multimedia 500


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