2D Character Animation
Unit code: HDMMD122
|Credit points||12.5 Credit Points|
|Contact hours||36 Hours per Semester|
Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and Adobe Flash.
Aims and objectives
- Explore the basic principles of designing an original character;
- Use digital tools to develop the basic principles of synchronised dialogue for talking characters;
- Apply the planning process required to develop and execute a concept as a short animation;
- Develop writing techniques for a short animated sequence;
- Explore pacing, editing and sound within the context of a story;
- Articulate the importance of research to aid generation of ideas.
• Classroom lectures;
• Screenings of animations;
• Individual consultations.
Project 1 (50%)
Plan and animate an original character.
Project 2 (50%)
Develop a short animated movie.
Generic skills outcomes
Swinburne University works to produce higher education graduates who are capable in their chosen profession. Learners bring to Swinburne a diverse wealth of experiences and graduate with individual understandings, abilities and attitudes.
- Are capable in their chosen professional, vocational or study areas;
- Are aware of local and international environment in which they will be contributing.
- Observation, drawing and visualisation skills;
- Character development;
- Animation techniques;
- Synchronising dialogue;
- Storytelling and narrative;
- Production skills – script story boards, production time lines;
- Animation as a form of expression and communication;
- Dramatic pacing and editing in time-based media.
Students will take part in a range of activities that support project and technical development, these may include:
• Class discussions;
• Peer critiques: group and individual;
• Class exercises in animation techniques;
• Individual project development.
Students will be requested to view specific films or animations prior to attending class. Throughout the unit, students will be required to prepare project work for discussion and presentation.
Muybridge, E 1957 Animals in motion, Dover Publications, New York.
Muybridge, E 1955 The human figure in motion, Dover Publications, New York.
Blair, P 1986 Cartooning: Animation 1 with Preston Blair, Walter Foster.