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DT3008

 

DT3008 Animation Development and Preproduction

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: DT3001 or DT3002; Academic Unit: 3.0]

Pre-requisite

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DT3001 or DT3002​

Academic Unit

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3 AU

Course Description

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In this advanced course, students will develop preproduction design concepts and characters. This course is concerned with the cultivation of ideas and problem-solving strategies for the moving image and animation. Students create treatments, inspirational sketches, descriptive drawings, character and object design, storyboards, color script and production paintings communicating concepts for animation.

Learning Objective

Through practice-based teaching, to inculcate in the students a keen awareness of the importance of systematic preparation in the consideration of animation projects.

Content

In this advanced course, students will develop preproduction design concepts and characters. The emphasis will be on the creation of original characters with unique character traits. Work may be done in 3-D, 2-D or puppet. This course is concerned with the cultivation of ideas and problem-solving strategies for the moving image and animation. The use of composition and frame, color and shape and other design elements will be explored. Students create treatments, inspirational sketches, descriptive drawings, character and object design, storyboards, color script and production paintings communicating concepts for animation.

Course Outline

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Topic​

1

• Intro to course

2 - 6

• Character design, background and props, colour design, production paintings 

• Story development through treatment and storyboard 

• Cinematography 

• Editing

7

• Mid Sem review of assignments

8 - 12

• Character comparison and model sheets

• Color design (contrast, saturation, hue etc)

• The ‘color map’ of a film (color script)

• Lighting

• The role of sound

• VFX

• Previz, animatic and Leica reel

• Production pipeline and schedule

13

• Final review of assignments

Learning Outcome

The student will have learned how to conceive, develop and prepare for the production of an animation project.

Student Assessment

Continuous Assessment: 100%

Students will be assessed through continuous assessment as follows:

15%     Class Participation – students will be assessed on their participation in class discussions and showing of initiative in class activities;

45%     Class Assignments – students will be assessed on studio-based exercises and projects, including individual, group and team-based assignments;

40%:    Final Assessment – students will have a final assessment based on a major project undertaken individually or as a group. 

Textbooks/References

  1. Hans Bacher, Dreamworlds: Production Design for Animation, Focal Press

  2. Francis Glebas, Directing the Story: Professional Storytelling, Focal Press

  3. Kate Alexander, Ideas for the Animated Short: Finding and Building Stories, Focal Press

  4. Jennifer Van Sijll,Cinematic Storytelling: The 100 Most Powerful Film Conventions Every Filmmaker Must Know, Michael Wiese Productions