MM400 Experimental Animation

SHAYNE HOOD | | | 661.254.0591


Multimedia 400 | Introduction to Experimental Animation
Section #0438  Los Angeles Mission College
Shayne Hood – Adjunct Professor
Office Hours Noon-12:45, Thursdays, LRC 106

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

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.

Important Dates to Keep in Mind:

Residency Determination Date
August 28
August 29
Saturday classes begin
September 3
Last day to process Audit Add Request
September 9
Last day for Section Transfer
September 9
Classes end
December 10
December 12 to 17

ADD Dates – Late ADDs are not permitted
Deadline to add online
August 28
Deadline to add full term (16-week) classes in person
September 9

DROP CLASSES ON-LINE ONLY (16-week classes)
Drop classes without receiving a “W” with refund (By Internet only)
September 11
Drop classes without incurring fees or with a refund
(Registration/parking/non-resident fees/semester-length classes)
(By Internet only)
September 11
Drop classes with a “W” – A letter grade is required after this date forward –
(By Internet only)
November 20

*PLEASE NOTE: The District required earlier and revised deadlines starting Summer 2012. A “W” will appear on your transcript record after this date. REMINDER: There is a new LACCD enrollment limit. The limit is now three times to take a class and includes both substandard grades and withdrawals.

If you stop attending a class (or wish to drop a class), YOU MUST DROP THE CLASS YOURSELF – OFFICIALLY – on or before November 20, 2015 (by Internet only).
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 12:45 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 hands-on animation demonstration of assignments and complete explanation of homework assignment to be done during lab times (or at home). Please feel free to bring your lunch!


USB Flash Drive
Pencils and sharpener or mechanical pencil and extra lead and eraser(s)
Construction Paper (black) and brads
Modeling clay (Play-Doh is OK, check out FIMO and Sculpey)
Poster board (1-2 sheets, white)


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

WEEK 1- September 1st                                         WEEK 9- October 27th
Technology!                                                             Paint on Glass

WEEK 2- September 8th                                        WEEK 10- November 3rd
Flip Books                                                                Pin Screen

WEEK 3- September 15th                                       WEEK 11- November 10th
Clay                                                                         Pixilation, Discuss Final Projects

WEEK 4- September 22nd                                       WEEK 12- November 17th
Strata-cut                                                                Storyboards

WEEK 5- September 29th                                       WEEK 13- Thanksgiving Holiday

WEEK 6- October 6th                                             WEEK 14- December 1st
Cut-outs                                                                   Projects

WEEK 7- October 13th                                           WEEK 15- December 8th
Silhouette                                                                Projects

WEEK 8- October 20th                                           WEEK 16- December 15th
Sand                                                                        Present Projects/Final Exam

TAs and the Monkey House:

The TAs (teaching assistants) are here to help you. They are paid to be here certain hours. Those hours do not always coincide with class time or when you are available on campus. The Monkey House is a special room set aside for animators to use the cameras. As long as there is a TA available to let you in, he/she will. They will provide you with the necessary battery for the camera. Otherwise, you are on your own. Make sure that you do not abuse the room (no food, no drinks, no trash) nor the TA. It is up to the TA to let you know how much time you may spend in the room. When the TA has to lock up, you must leave. No TA is required to be available except at the discretion of Curtis Stage.

This and That Policy

Experimental 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.


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!


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