Animation Cinema Workshop

Animation Cinema Workshop

From Motion to Emotion
Robi Engler
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 08/01/2015
Format: Paperback 200 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-861-96720-9
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Animation is at the crossroads of the visual arts, music, dance and literature. It is an artistic, creative activity in the first place, but it is also a pedagogical tool for teaching and learning. This book guides you through the different production steps of animated film making, from the creative impulse to the final editing of picture and sound. Learn the specific language of animation—its grammar and vocabulary; create your own characters—make them act to express a range of feelings. Over 20 different animation techniques are proposed. For each technique you will find the list of the necessary material, practical hints, and the tricks-of-the-trade. Whether you work with traditional film cameras or with computer software, this book is a practical guide for students and teachers.

Author Bio

Robi Engler is a graduate of animated film making at the Ecole National Supérieur des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and indpendent animation filmmaker in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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Table of Contents

1. Basics
Film; video; digital; audio recording
2. Animation techniques
Synoptic chart; glossary
3. Animation without film
Thaumatrope; Phenakistiscope; Zoetrope; flip book
4. Animation without camera
Etching/painting on film; drawing sound
5. Animation with camera/scanner
Plane view/2D Cut-out animation; Powder animation; Paint-on-glass animation; Pinart animation; Pegbar animation/2D Animated drawings; Cel animation; Rotoscoping/Mocap; StopMotion/3D Animated objects; Clay animation; Stop motion/armatures; Relief animation; Animated material
6. Grammar of animation
Time and space = timing; Extremes / in betweens; Dynamic movement; Anticipation - stretch - squash
7. Vocabulary of animation
Visual language; Light shadow; Perspective; Drawing in time / Sound structures
8. Characterization
Development: Character design; character spectrum
Construction: Model sheet; Turn arounds
Animation: Walking cycles
Acting: From motion to emotion
9. Pre-production/Content
Ideas/creative inpulse; Story structures; Characters and their functions; Script/Pitch/ Synopsis/Music score; Storyboarding; Budget/financial planning
10. Production/Tricks-of-the-trade
Layout posing; Pencil test; Special effects; Dialogue/Lip synchronised animation
11. Post-production
Sound design/Sound track; Editing/ Compositing/Image and sound
12. Teaching/Learning animation
Teaching animation in school: Why?; Workshop organization

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