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Business and Information Technology Education
Principles of Animation
Students will utilize animation and storyboarding techniques to plan the production of an animation project. Students learn to design production steps from script and storyboard actions in the pre-production planning process. (This course can be substituted for Advanced Design Techniques in the Graphic Design Specialist, Animator, 3D Animator, 3D Modeler, Motion Graphics Artist, Web Producer, and Webmaster Career Majors).
Carrie DeMuth
Multimedia & Image Management Techniques
Trace the history of animation.

Describe the animation techniques for the stop-action process.

Describe the animation techniques for simple animations that include cutout animation, image capture, digital cutout, collage, and rotoscoping.

Describe the animation techniques for cell animation.

Describe the use of dope or exposure sheets.

Describe the process for lip-syncing the animation to a voice track.

Compare and contrast the techniques used for web animation, animated GIF, Flash, and 3D web animation.

Apply the proper animation techniques for 3D digital motion graphics animation.

Research and create a script for an animation.

Describe the preplanning process for developing an animation.

Create a storyboard for an animation.

Demonstrate the use of action in a storyboard.

Show increased reality by using perspective and receding planes.

Utilize depth of field and light to set the mood for the story.

Frame the shot to achieve the desired effect.

Use shots to further the narrative flow.

Describe the shot as the visual language of cinema.

Create digital storyboards.

Create an animatic (pencil test) from the digital storyboard.
(Select from the following)

Brainbench (select one):
- Flash
- 3D Studio Max
- Illustrator

-Media Production: 3D Animator (OD40606)
Media Production: Animator -

Brainbench -
The Art of the Storyboard, John Hart, Focal Press, 1999, ISBN 978-0-240-80329-9

The Complete Animation Course, Chris Patmore, Barron's 2005, ISBN 0-7641-2399-8

Gardner's Guide to Animation Scriptwriting, Marilyn Webber, GGGC Publishing 2000, ISBN 0-9661075-9-4

Animation Writing and Development: From Script Development to Pitch, Jean Ann Wright, Focal Press, ISBN 978-0240805498

User Guide, Toon Boom Studio, Toon Boom Animation, Inc. 2006

Acting for Animators, Ed Hooks, Heinemann, 2003, ISBN 0-325-00580-X

Timing for Animation, Whitaker and Halas, Focal Press 2006, ISBN 978-0-240-51714-8

Flash 8 Accelerated, Sas Jacobs, Youngjin, 2006, ISBN 981-05-3849-9

Flash Animation for Teens, Eric Grebler, Thomson, 2007, ISBN 978-1-59863-230-2

Hollywood 2D Digital Animation: The New Flash Production Revolution, Corsaro and Parrott, Course Technology, 2004, ISBN 0-325-00580-X

Adobe Flash CS3 Professional, ISBN 13:978-0-321-49982-0, ISBN 10: 0-321-49982-4 Online Learning Library

Cengage Learning (formerly Thomson Learning)

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Career Majors That Sequence This Course
Career Cluster Pathway Career Major
Information Technology Web and Digital Communications 3D Animator
Information Technology Web and Digital Communications 3D Modeler
Information Technology Web and Digital Communications Animator
Information Technology Web and Digital Communications Motion Graphics Artist
Information Technology Web and Digital Communications Special Effects Technician