MM402 Animation Workshop

SHAYNE HOOD | | | 661.254.0591


Multimedia 402 | Animation Workshop
Section #0466 Los Angeles Mission College
Shayne Hood – Adjunct Professor
Office Hours Noon-12:45 Tuesdays, 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:

“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, object, 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: 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:

Last day to process Audit Add Request February 16
Last day to petition for Credit/No-Credit March 10
Deadline to petition for Spring/Summer 2017 Graduation March 30
Classes end May 28
FINAL EXAMS May 30 to June 5
Graduation Day June 6

ADD Dates:
Late ADDs are not permitted
Deadline to add online February 5
Deadline to add full term (16-week) classes in person February 16

DROP CLASSES ON-LINE ONLY (16-week classes)
Drop classes without incurring fees or with a refund (Registration/parking/non-resident fees/semester-length classes. Online only) February 19
Drop classes without receiving a “W” (No refund and drop online only)
February 20
Drop classes with a “W” – A letter grade is required after this date forward –
(Online only)) May 7

If you stop attending a class (or wish to drop a class), YOU MUST DROP THE CLASS YOURSELF – OFFICIALLY– on or before May 7, 2017 (online only). Failure to do so may result in a grade of “F” in that class.

HOLIDAYS (College CLOSED) for this specific class:
Spring Break– April 1st to 7th

Class Structure:

Class runs from 12:45 pm to 5:00 pm on Tuesdays. 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). Feel free to bring your lunch to 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
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)
Poster board (1-5 sheets)
Index cards
USB Flash Drive


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!


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; however, extra credit is ‘Extra.’ You must turn in all assignments in order for extra credit to count. 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

WEEK 1- February 7th
Some History/Dragon Stop Motion

WEEK 2- February 14th

WEEK 3- February 21st
Character Design

WEEK 4- February 28th
Background Design

WEEK 5- March 7th

WEEK 6- March 14th

WEEK 7- March 21st

WEEK 8- March 28th

WEEK 9- Spring Break: No Class

WEEK 10- April 11th

WEEK 11- April 18th

WEEK 12- April 25th

WEEK 13- May 2nd

WEEK 14- May 9th

WEEK 15- May 16th

WEEK 16- May 23rd

WEEK 17- May 30th