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OUR CLASSES ARE PRIMARILY DESIGNED FOR COLLEGE LEVEL STUDENTS, RECENT GRADUATES AND PROFESSIONALS SEEKING ADDITIONAL TRAINING

 

STUDENTS WITH LESS EXPERIENCE OR THOSE WHO PREFER PRIVATE INSTRUCTION MAY WISH TO APPLY FOR PERSONAL MENTORING SESSIONS

SUMMER 2021 COURSES

JUNE 1 - AUGUST 24

ENROLLMENT DEADLINE: MAY 15, 2021

INTRODUCTION TO ANIMATION

DAVE KUHN

TUESDAY & FRIDAY 10AM-12PM PST

TUITION: $1250 FOR 12 WEEKS

Students will be mentored in beginning skills pertaining to full, traditional character animation including the cornerstones of character, personality, timing, staging, clarity and communication. Projects will begin with simple movement and physics and then progress to cover all 12 principles of animation. Successful completion of this course should prepare the student more intermediate and more advanced classes. Classes will be conducted on Zoom and consist of lectures, demonstrations and critique sessions. Additional resources and feedback outside of class times will be provided via Discord.

The skills taught are applicable to all forms of animation so students can choose to work with digital tools or traditionally on paper. If a student hasn't worked on paper before, they are encouraged to do so and flipping, rolling and creating good inbetweens will be reviewed. As this is a performance class, not a software class, the student should select a software package they are familiar with if working digitally.

 

This is an entry-level class so no prior animation experience is required. Acceptance is by review of an animation reel (if available) and portfolio. Please see our resources page for more information and necessary supplies.

INTERMEDIATE ANIMATION

JAMES LOPEZ

MONDAY & THURSDAY 6PM-8PM PST

TUITION: $1250 FOR 12 WEEKS

This class is designed for students with prior animation education and a good grasp of the basic principles of animation or professionals who wish to improve their acting and communication skills. Students will be mentored in skills pertaining to full, traditional character animation including the cornerstones of character, personality, timing, staging, clarity and communication. Planned exercises will be used to increase understanding followed by individual projects determined by each student working with their original characters. Classes will be conducted on Zoom and consist of lectures, demonstrations and critique sessions. Additional resources and feedback outside of class times will be provided via Discord.

The skills taught are applicable to all forms of animation so students can choose to work with digital tools or traditionally on paper. If a student hasn't worked on paper before, they are encouraged to do so and flipping, rolling and creating good inbetweens will be reviewed. As this is a performance class, not a software class, the student should select a software package they are familiar with if working digitally.

 

This is an intermediate class so prior animation experience is required. Acceptance is by review of an animation reel and portfolio. Please see our resources page for more information and necessary supplies.

ART DIRECTION FOR ANIMATION

PIXOTE HUNT

TUESDAY & THURSDAY 6PM-8PM PST

TUITION: $1250 FOR 12 WEEKS

After the research and visual development is completed, how do you get that work on the screen?

This course will unlock the mysteries and walk you through the steps of art direction from storyboard to color.

By the end of this course, you will know how to translate your ideas and concepts into art directed, production ready images.

Acceptance is by review of a portfolio. Please see our resources page for more information and necessary supplies.

ANIMATION SKILLS FOR TV STORYBOARDING

CHRIS BAILEY

MONDAY & THURSDAY 6PM-8PM PST

TUITION: $1250 FOR 12 WEEKS

This course explores character animation skills and how to best communicate one’s idea though TV storyboards to ensure the best results from a remote animation team (often a studio on the other side of the world). The emphasis will be on the fundamentals—what to put into a board, what to frame, how to transition and what to leave out. A few well thought out roughs will yield better results than a flurry of poses. Learn to work smarter, not harder. Discussions and exercises will make clear how dynamic visual storytelling can pay off in your future, and where to avoid extra work that is a waste of time. The course will cover basic film grammar, camera, cutting patterns and compositions to make you boards a cut above the rest.

Acceptance is by review of a portfolio. Please see our resources page for more information and necessary supplies.

ADVANCED STORYBOARDING

JOHN SANFORD

TUESDAY & FRIDAY 6PM-8PM PST

TUITION: $1250 FOR 12 WEEKS

This is an advanced course in story building upon methods and concepts learned in the previous section of storyboarding or elsewhere. Classes will be conducted on Zoom and consist of lectures, demonstrations and critique sessions. Additional resources and feedback during appointment office hours will be provided by the instructor via Discord to help analyze students' work and help break stories if necessary.

 

The class will analyze character arcs and advanced story structure, particularly as it pertains to scene and sequence tension. We will examine why particular stories engage audiences and why others fall short. Specifically we will look at animated half-hour and feature film examples, and see how we can apply that analysis to your own work. The goal of the course will be to visually realize an original concept of your own creation for the medium of animation.

 

To realize your vision we will go through different stages of development: blue sky ideation, 
characterization, visual beats and finally storyboarding a short section from your narrative. Students can work traditionally or digitally and will learn advanced knowledge for film analysis, writing in screenplay format and translating ideas into visuals for the purpose of pitching your work or broadening your portfolio.

Acceptance is by review of a portfolio. Please see our resources page for more information and necessary supplies.

SUMMER 2021 PERSONAL MENTORING

JUNE 1 - AUGUST 24

PERSONAL MENTORING

 

ANIMATION: DAVE KUHN

ILLUSTRATION, CHARACTER DESIGN, PRE-COLLEGE PORTFOLIO: LARISSA MARANTZ

CHARACTER DESIGN: MORGHAN GILL

VISUAL DEVELOPMENT: SIERRA LEWIS

 

HOURS: SCHEDULED INDIVIDUALLY

TUITION: $150/PER HOUR

We also offer personal mentoring on an hourly basis for artists who feel their skill level doesn't match an existing class, students who prefer private tutoring or working professionals whose schedules conflict with regular class hours.

Your instructor will create a custom study plan and appropriate lectures and demonstrations. With their guidance, you will select projects based on your personal objectives and skill level. Most students find an hour a week is sufficient.

Acceptance is by review of a portfolio. Please see our resources page for more information and necessary supplies.

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