Video/ Animation techniques: "Experimentarium"

Course MD 504 Winter 2011/12, Lecturer: Mikala Hyldig Dal / TA: Ayman Abou El Kheir / J. TA.: Yacoub Yassin, Lana Mohamed

Live action writers will give you a structure, but who the hell is talking about structure? Animation is closer to jazz than some kind of classical stage structure. -Ralph Bakshi

Course description: EXPERIMENTARIUM // This course is an introduction to the art of animated images. The dream of bringing inanimate objects to life through the illusion of time dates back to the ancient Lascaux cave paintings; we will experiment hands-on with some of the many animation methods that have evolved since then. Our mode of working will be D.I.Y. : Do It Yourself – signifying original, low-fi, low-budget work-flows where concept and care are in focus. We will train our creativity with short exercises on-class. As our work progresses we will enter the digital sphere of After Effects and similar computing programs.

Learning objectives: • We will create a historical overview of the history of animation. • Students will experiment with a wide variety of hand-made animations to focus on conceptdevelopment and discover their individual technical strengths. • Students will reflect on digitalization processes and gain basic knowledge of After Effects. Learning outcomes At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to: • Navigate within a wide range of animation practises. • Reflect on their use of techniques in specific contexts. • Present their animation skills in a short show-reel.

Course content: This course consists of a number of short-term assignments, ranging from 1-3 weeks, each dealing with a different animation technique. During this time we will focus on concept development, elaborating on the visual “signature” of the students and training our ability to think and act creatively. Each class will begin with a creative training exercise encouraging students to “think outside of the box” and challenging their mode of perception, interaction and visualisation.

Assessment sheet / The assessment criteria’s for this course is divided in three main parts: Class work (20%) Your general efforts in and contribution to the class, concentration, helpfulness, participation. Assignments (30%) Creativity and passion. The development of ideas and their careful implementation. Final exam (50%) The general outcome of the course presented in a show-reel.

Keywords: Animation: Principles, history, techniques

Group 1: Sunday, 1+2 slot in the drawing room

Group 2: Tuesday, 2+3 slot in the drawing room (1st slot) and the maclab (2nd slot)


Week Description Assignment
01, 9/11 September Course outline, introduction, assignment-1 presentation:

10 sec stop-mo sequence (5-15 images per second), keyword “Living space”, Stop motion film screenings. Mind-shaker: Yesterday Image.

Assignment 1a, research stop motion
02 16/17 S. History of animation lecture session 1. Mind-shaker:

Imaginary Object. 1st principle of animation.

Present favorite stop motion film

(Excerpt of max 3 min)

03 23/24 S. Mind-shaker. Assignment 2: Clay, keyword:

“Transformation”. Screening: Clay. 2nd principle of animation.

Present Assignment 1
04 30/5 September / October History of animation lecture session 2. Mind-shaker.

Assignment 3: papercuts, keyword: “Decay”. Screening: papercuts. 3rd principle of animation.

Present Assignment 2
05 7/9 October Mind-shaker. Screening: papercuts. 4th principle of

animation. Assignment: 12 Principles flipbook (on www.benettonplay.com/toys/flipbookdeluxe/)

Present assignment 3
06 14/16 October History of animation lecture session 3. Mind-shaker.

Assignment 4: Rotoscoping, frame by frame tracing of a 5 sec. movie clip, keyword: “Escape”. 5th principle of animation.

Present assignment: flipbook
07 21/23 October Mind-shaker. Concept, storyboards and first frames from rotoscoping assignment (NB this course is supervised by Ayman, Lana & Yacoub only) Present Assignment 4 (Concept)
08 28/30 October EID / individual meetings
09 4/6 November MIDTERMS
10 11/13 N History of animation lecture session 4. Mind-shaker.

Assignment 6: Bouncing ball. 7th principle of animation.

Present Assignment 4 (Final)
11 18/20 N Mind-shaker. 8th principle of animation. Present Assignment 6
12 25/27 N History of animation lecture session 5. Mind-shaker, 9th

principle of animation. After effects intro, Assignment 7: bouncing ball, digital.

Present Assignment 6, improvements
13 2/4 December Mind-shaker. 10th principle of animation. After effects

tutorial, Assignment 8, after effects: extend a handmade ani (from the former tutorials) digitally.

Present Assignment 7
14 9/11 D History of animation lectures Present Abstract animations
10th of JANUARY FINAL PRESENTATION Hand in SHOWREEL // Bonus-assignment: Hand in image-research on visual communication in Egyptian politics.

Group 1 10-12 h / group 2 13-15 h