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Many are asking if this is a one time course or will I open more groups later. I guess I wasn't clear - basically I want to teach, I want to have this course running as long as there's enough demand. So on one hand, there is a good chance this course will still be available, say, in the summer time when you have a break from school, but on the other hand if no one registers I will assume there is no demand to this course and close it.
I completely understand that people are busy, and although I can't promise anything, I assume there is a good chance I will reopen registration every once in a while.
But, I will still need to fill up groups with 4-5 people, else I can't open the course. I was using the "group" concept to make this course affordable, but if you are interested in private lessons
, this is also available, for a bit of higher price. Send me an email/note if you are interested.
* Animation Course Registration is Now OPEN *
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The Fundamentals of Traditional (2D) Animation
This course will cover the fundamentals of Traditional Animation (aka Classic Animation or 2D Animation).
This is going to be a basic course going over the basic rules of animation. There is a LOT to learn about creating an animated film, but right now I will be focusing on pure animating and the principles of animation (and there’s enough to learn here as well), because I believe once you learn that, it doesn’t really matter which tool you use to create your animations, they will always turn out great!
Number of Lessons:
12 + Final Project
Total Course Hours:
18 Hours (90min for each lesson) Course Duration:
1 Lesson Per Week Over 3 Months of Course + 1 Month for the Final Project
Course Start Date:
First batch of Groups can start in Mid March.
Registration is now OPEN
, but there are limited
PRICE for the Whole Course Per Student
(USD) or 230€
(Euro) or 1100 ₪(NIS) <<<< PRICE PRICE PRICE <<<<
* Price includes weekly email support between lessons + a month of email support when working on the Final Project.
* Technical Details
* Extremes, Keys, In-betweens
* 3 Ways to Animate
* Timing and Spacing (aka Ease in/out)
* More About Timing and Spacing
* Squash & Stretch
* Line of Action
* Secondary Motion
* Walks – Side Walk and the Principles of a Walk
* Walks – Front Walk
* Walks – Perspective Walk
* Walks – Character Walk
* Takes and Accent
* Exposure Sheet
* Lipsync (Dialogue)
* Special Effects
* Working with Reference
* How to Make Your Animation Smooth and Accurate (on Model)
* Create a short animation based on all we’ve learned. About a month to complete with my guidance. Not mandatory.
For Whom This Course Fits?
As far as I see it, basically anyone who wishes to know how to animate using the principles of Traditional Animation can take this course.
Still, regarding the age – although my first student was 13 years old and he was quite good and a quick learner, I still think that you should be old enough to understand and follow through what I’m teaching.
As for drawing skills – you don’t need to be a skillful artist to join this course. Simple drawing skills are suffice, since we’ll be mostly doing simple stuff, like a bouncing ball or a simple face. If you understand the fundamentals of traditional animation, you can bring to life even the simplest dot.
What to Expect from Each Lesson:
In each lesson we’ll go over students’ homework for remarks and then move to the material we need to learn next.
At the end of each lesson you will be given homework covering what we’ve just learned. Homework will be fairly simple and shouldn’t take more than a couple of hours to do, but you can go “wild” if you like ^.^
After session is over I will upload to the group’s shared folder: The fully recorded lesson we just finished, a summery in points of what we learned and details of your homework. You will use the same folder to upload your homework before the next lesson.
Between each lesson I will be available in emails to answers questions you have regarding the previous lesson or your homework.
At the end of the course you will be given one final project to do, covering all we have learned during the course. You will have about a month to complete it and I will be guiding you through (by emails) during that time. This is not mandatory if you choose not to do the final project (for any given reason), since there are no grades or diplomas here anyway.
You will, however, get a symbolic “Graduation Badge” from me that you can post on your DA/Blog/any website.
Course will be held Online in small Groups using several simple Free softwares. Therefore I ask each student to show patience and understanding to the other classmates.
Lessons will be held once a week.
Day and Time for each group will be set according to your registration form.
Length of each lesson is an hour and a half (90 min)
Lessons will be held in groups of 4-5 people (depends on demand).
Each group will be built according to time zones (depends on demand).
Lesson will be in English, so you will have be quite fluent in English.
For the “Israel” group lessons will be in Hebrew (my native language).
Softwares We’ll Be Using:
All the softwares we’ll be using are FREE, simple and very easy to learn.
All softwares support all Operating Systems.
We’ll be using TeamViewer for the lessons themselves.
We’ll be using Pencil for animating (you can do your homework in any other way you like, if you already have other 2D software you are familiar with, I will be using Pencil just because it’s simple and free).
And we’ll be using Google Drive for all the documentation and materials. (As far as I know) You don’t need to have a Gmail or Google account to access the folder, but it is preferred if you do have one.
After registrations you will receive full details on installing and setting up your computer for the lessons.
* Either a PC or Mac. Even Linux is ok.
* A fairly fast internet connection
* Earphones and Microphone – this is a requirement. Based on testing it’s really hard for me to follow the chat window plus will be hard for you to type and listen to the lesson at the same time.
* Drawing Tablet or some kind of means to draw the animation.
* Lightbox and a Scanner is NOT mandatory, but if you feel like doing animation the old fashion way, you are welcome to do so as long as you upload your homework in some kind of video file.
Be aware that I will not
support scanning/editing/exporting for this method, this is why I recommend using “Pencil” software.
How to Register:
Registration is FREE
and EASY. Please fill out this Online Form
Once you registered please wait for an email reply assigning you to a group and day/time for the lesson.
By approving the day and time you will be asked to pay for the course (details for payment will be send) and that completes your registration.
Payment is in Advanced for the Whole course.
Payment is done after you’ve been assigned to a group and its lesson time.
Payment is via PayPal. If you have a credit card, you can use the “Send Money” option without creating a PayPal account.
* For Israeli student additional payment options are available.
If you decide to quit after the 1st or 2nd lesson, you will be refunded 75% of the course price.
If you quit after the 3rd or 4th lesson, you will be refunded 50% of the course price.
If you quit after the 5th or 6th lesson, you will be refunded 25% of the course price.
Beyond the 7th lesson
(the middle of the course) there are NO REFUNDS.
If 2 or more people leave a group I will have to decide whether to merge groups, add new members or close the group (in which case the students who stayed will be fully refunded for the remaining lessons, since this is not their fault). Subject will be dealt with if/when it happens and will be free to my personal judgment.
Still Not Sure?
If you still have any questions regarding the Online Animation Lessons, feel free to send me a note or email and I will be happy to reply.
Thank you for listening.
Your humble servant,
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