Animation 3 - Classical
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  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 84.0
Credit Value: 6.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Fall 2004
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: PR-Sem.1 All year1, Semester 2 courses C0-Sem.1 All other year 2, Semester 1 courses

Program(s): Animation
Program Coordinator(s): Andrew Bodor
Course Leader or Contact: David Quesnelle
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: Typically offered as 6 hours per week. This course continues for next semester as ANIM3007-Animation 4

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
This course is for the students of the Classical Animation Diploma Program and is designed to build upon the fundamental principles of animation acquired in previous semesters. These principles of animation are applied as series of exercises that focus on the analysis of action in the human form. Through lectures, workshops, animation and posing exercises the student will develop a sense of acting, timing, characterization, communication of attitude through posture, character relationship and storytelling through film. The student will gain a greater understanding of action analysis and apply it to animated motion and characterization. The student will develop a growing film sense and a comprehensive grasp of the basic production process that will be required for a career in the animation industry. A focus on time management, decision making, professional work process and presentation is provided and the student will develop an ability to draw, organize research, analyze, and produce competent classical animation aimed at the studio level. The successful student will consistently apply the described knowledge, skills and attitude to their work.

Program Context

Animation Program Coordinator: Andrew Bodor
This course is the third part of a core component of the Classical Animation program and leads to more advanced studies in subsequent semesters.

Course Learning Outcomes
Learning outcomes identify the critical performances, and the knowledge, skills and attitudes that successful students will have reliably demonstrated through the learning experiences and evaluation in the course. Successful students will have demonstrated the following:

Successful students will have demonstrated 
knowledge of:

- Basic animation principles.
- Structural drawing and its application to animation.
- The production process of an animated film from initial idea to 
final projected image.
- An increased understanding and proper use of 3D design in their 
animated characters.
- A solid ability to shorthand sketch for animation posing.
- Success in their ability to visually tell a story through animated 
- An increased understanding and sensitivity to the use of body 
posture to communicate thought and attitude and the successful 
application of the basic principles to character posing.
- A growing ability to assess, analyze and critique strengths and 
weaknesses in their own work and in that of others.

Successful students will have demonstrated further 
development in their abilities to:

- a consistent application of all the outcomes 
  acquired in Animation 1
- a well-developed and consistent level of 
  application of basic animation principles to the 
  analysis of animated motion and 
  characterization.  The following principles will 
  be demonstrated with the given exercises:
       - Timing - internal to motion, i.e. slow in 
         and slow out
       - Arcs and path of action
       - Centre of gravity - balance and weight
       - Squash and stretch
       - Primary forces and secondary action
       - Wave action
       - Anticipation/action/reaction
       - Torque
       - The understanding and application of 
         these principles is cumulative and the
         successful use of each principle should 
         be demonstrated in each subsequent 

Successful students will have demonstrated 
attitudes of:

- Responsible awareness of the amount of work and 
  degree of skill required to produce successful 
  animation by the given deadline date.
- Proficiency in time management and the 
  application of work processes and sequencing 
  techniques to complete satisfactory work in the 
  scheduled time
- Professional attitudes, resourcefulness and 
  independence through prompt completion of all 
  assigned homework, studio exercises, preparation 
  for classes and regular attendance and 

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

All animation exercises will be assessed according to the successful 
application of the required principles of motion as well as the 
skillful organization and presentation of production artwork.  

Students are required to meet intermediate deadlines in the production 
process with work in progress.  This will formulate part of the final 
grade of each project.  Upon completion of a given assignment, the 
student will be required to hand in properly labeled and titled film 
and may be required to hand in production artwork and exposure sheets 
for evaluation.
Each assignment is graded in the various areas of principle 
application and an accumulated total formulates the animation grade.  
A log is kept on the progression in specific areas of skill that 
allows the student to track progress and grades through the semester.  
At the discretion of the instructor, exercises may be revised to 
enhance the grade after the initial deadline has been met and a grade 
has been given.  An accumulation of grades from each exercise will 
formulate the final semester grade.
There will be 5 assignments in semester 1, each with an equal value 
for a total of 100% for the semester.
Attendance and participation in class are important factors in 
erformance and may also affect the final evaluation.
At mid semester and at the end of each term, students participate in 
an assessment of their work.  This includes a confirmation of 
individual progress and directives for improvement.  Students are 
required to hand in all work by a given deadline date.  Emphasis on 
meeting a deadline with professional delivery of work is considered 
to be part of the student's training for industry. 

Attendance and participation in class are factors, which are also 
taken into account for grading.
Unless there are verifiable medical or compassionate grounds for 
lateness, late assignments will be downgraded as follow:
One day late:	   20% reduction
Two day late:	   an additional 10% reduction
Three days late:   an additional 10% reduction
After a period of three days' lateness, 
assignments will not be marked.
Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development requirements:


Generic Skills
Generic Skills emphasized in the course:

X communication - written X communication - oral X communication - visual
X analytical X creative thinking X decision making
X interpersonal X numeracy X organizational
X problem solving X technological   other (see below)

Notes: N/A

General Education
This General Education course relates to the following themes as specified by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

  asthetic appreciation   social understanding
  civic life   understanding science
  cultural understanding   understanding technology
  personal development   work and the economy

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) : Office of the Registrar

Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

Challenge Exam Portfolio Interview Other Not Eligible for PLAR
  X X    

Notes: N/A

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Effective term: Fall 2004
Professor: David Quesnelle
Textbooks and Instructional Materials:

Please note that texts are optional.
The Illusion of Life by Frank Thomas and Ollie 
Animation from Script to Screen by Shamus Culhane
Timing for Animation by John Halas
"How To" Books by Preston Blair
The Human Figure in Motion by Edweard Muybridge
Animals in Motion by Edweard Muybridge
An Actor Prepares by Stanislavsky
Building a Character by Stanislavsky

The student is responsible for purchasing 
animation paper, pencils, erasers, elastics, tape, 
clipboard, field charts, storyboard pads, exposure 
sheets, film leader, 16mm film and video tape and 
any other necessary supplies.
- 12 fld Animation disk
- blue "Col-Erase" pencils
- red "Col-Erase pencils
- 2B, B, HB pencils
- white plastic eraser
- animation paper animation exposure sheets
- portable "Acme" peg-bar
- plastic animation field guide
- a carrying case for artwork
- a blank 60 minute videotape
- 12" ruler
- 9" by 12" sketchbook (may be used also for other 

Applicable student group(s): Classical Animation Students
Course Details:

Semester 1  Principles              Applications

Week 1-2    Anticipation/action/    -Sylvester    
            reaction                Jump & grab
            Overlapping action

Week 3-4    Anticipation/action/    -Sidestep
            Overlapping action

Week 5-7    Anticipation/action/    - Skip
            Overlapping action

            No Scheduled Classes

Week 8     Anticipation/action/   -Pitcher/Batter
            Overlapping action

Week 9-13  Anticipation/action/    -Weightlifters

Week 14     Evaluations

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Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

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