Direct and Produce Animation

People want to join your project. Learn how to guide them into following your vision for your next Animation.
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  • Lectures 69
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2015 English

Course Description

Make your ideas come true by knowing how people can help.

You are reading this because you either have an idea for a short film or full-length animation project for yourself, or…

Because you are just curious and wanted to know what was all that hype of “Direct and Produce Animation”. Well, give me a couple of seconds to see if I can get you more curious.

Everyone has ideas. Right? Well, that's the good part. The bad part is that most of those ideas live only inside the mind of the holder. Never making it to born into reality.

Why? Because people prefer to scratch their heads or their bellies because it feels good.

Think about it, most don't know that they can produce them without sitting on a computer or knowing anything about animation. Yes. That's a fact. There are successful producers running big studios who don't know how to draw or animate and yet, they materialize ideas because they know how the different departments work. They know how to guide people.

So, I ask you…

What does it take to get your idea realized? To have it come true? And how can you do it in less time?

Animation is a very long process that can be shortened if you know a little weird secret:

People want to help.

But the big question is: Do you know how they can help?

What If one of your friends, loves to work with sound and likes your project? How can he help?

And artists? Or photographers? I bet you know a photographer, and until now, you didn't know a photographer could help with animation. How? Well, by applying composition principles of photography to your shots and a bunch of cinematography concepts. That photographer can make your animation look awesome.

When you have an idea for a project and you know how to animate, you can do what most people do.


I don't know if it's to show off all their abilities and say: I did it all by myself! Or if they just didn't know that people around them wanted to help, but neither any of them knew it could be done faster.

Imagine you have this idea for a story, or even a quick joke or gag that you want to transform into animation, into a living and breathing thing that could go viral on the internet.

You say to yourself: “Hey, this joke could be an awesome 30 second short film and could make many people laugh”. Ha! Making people laugh is one of the most generous things anyone can do for someone else. But we are not talking about comedy, we are talking about that idea of the joke and the possibility of creating an animation out of it.

If you don't know how to use a computer or don't know how to walk and talk, you will definitely think deep inside you: “Oh man… I wish I could walk and talk so I could learn how to use a computer to then make this animation”.

Well, good news, I bet you can use a computer and can walk and talk (or at least you know how to communicate.)

Knowing how to communicate and how each department works in an animation feature film production, is what can make this Idea a reality.

Or maybe you just read all that and said: Hey… Mr. Bald (because I'm bald… AND I'M LOVING IT!), I'm an animator, stop preaching on what I can or can't do”.

Well, then I have something to tell you…

  • Being an animator
  • Knowing how to direct and produce your projects
  • And how to find and work with people who is waiting for a chance to help…

Can make your life easier. You could cut in half the time it takes to finish on your own.

And not only that… but you also get THE BEST VERSION OF YOUR STORY.

And that, my friend… it's priceless.

You: “Hey, we are not friends, ok?” Me: “Of course we are, we just don't know each other

(Drum roll please… prrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrRRRRR PPSSS!)

So anyway, knowing how to direct and produce can make any idea come true. And the cool part is, you don't even need to know how to draw or animate. How cool is that!

Enroll today and start making your ideas a reality in half the time.

Check the free lessons so you can have a taste of it. If you like it, enroll, and if you don't like it after you enroll…

Hey. Chill out. $H^% happens. Just kidding! You can have your money back with no questions asked!

You have 30 days to decide. So what are you waiting for? Enroll now!

Or… check the free lessons NOW!

Or don't do anything… NOW!

Whatever you feel like doing… DO IT NOW!

(I'm crossing my fingers to have you as my new student… thinking “C'mon C'mon C'mon C'mon….”)

Whatever you decide… I hope you have a nice day. Cheers! : D

What are the requirements?

  • You need to know the basic communication skill (Read and Talk, in English)
  • Before taking the course, have an idea of a joke or story that you want to turn into animation.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Direct and Produce animation with no drawing or animating skills
  • Cut in half the time it takes to do an animation
  • Guide people to follow your vision

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone with an idea considering it to make it a reality into animation
  • This is not for: Aliens from another planet, only humans allowed. I mean, please...

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction
Welcome To This Course

This is to see and overview of the course. What you are going to learn


Recommended animations! Check them because we will discuss them in future lessons.



Section 2: The Story

This explains how a good story is the main phase of all the process. No Story = No Animation.


This course explains the different elements of the story, so you can develop a great script.


This video is amazing, Michael Arnt (Director of toy story) shares what he learned at pixar.


These books are what anyone wanting to learn how to write a script needs.

1 page

Review of this section. THE STORY.

Section 3: The Script

This is an overview of what you will learn on this section as well as an introduction to the script.


Want to learn how to create and develop amazing characters for your stories? Check this lesson.


The Plot is the most important part of the script. In this lesson we learn how to develop a great plot and also a tip to avoid the Writer's Block using an Outline.


In this lesson you will understand the format of the script and also a way to automate it.


Adobe Story is free and is very easy to use. This course will show you how.


This tutorial teaches you how to export your Adobe Story Script to TXT file or WORD Document


This video helps you think outside of the box

2 pages

This is a review in PDF so you can skim through the this section fast.

Section 4: Concept Art

Concept Art is heard very often, but most people don't know what it is or how to do it. This is an introduction to this section: Concept Art.


This part of concept art is super important, is about deciding what cartoon style will your target audience like.


Shapes are an integral part of concept art. This lesson shows you how different shapes can create different characters.


After deciding on a target audience, cartoon style and shapes, this lesson shows how you create the concept art for a character

1 page

This is a review in PDF so you can skim through the this section fast.

Section 5: Casting Voice Talent

Introduction to this section and a little explanation of how a casting works.


Things you need to prepare before doing a casting.


This lesson shows you how the dynamics of a casting work.


This are tips to know when you are criticizing a performance. It will help you identefy who delivers.

2 pages

This is a review in PDF so you can skim through the this section fast.

Section 6: Sound Recording

An introduction to sound recording.


This are a couple of tips to get better sounding recordings.

1 page

This is a review in PDF so you can skim through the this section about Sound Recording.

Section 7: Directing Voice Actors

This is an overview of the technique you will learn to direct actors.


Unless you have millions of dollars to cast Award Winning Actors, Fake performance is the most common problem with any (if not every) project with low or no budget.


Powerful language is the secret to stimulate your actors and inspire them to deliver awesome performances.


Line readings are a form of direction in which you read the line to the actor the way you want him/her to perform. There is a better alternative for that. This lesson will show you.

1 page

This is a review in PDF so you can skim through the this section about Directing Voice Talent.

Section 8: Sound Post Production

Sound editing and Sound mixing are two careers that get Oscar nominations and most amateurs have no clue of that they are.


Example of a scene with and without sound design.


This lesson gives a quick explanation of what is sound mixing.


This example makes it clear. Sound Mixing to Audio is like Color Correction to Video.


Music can tell you if something wrong or good is happening, that's why you should think of it as another character.


Dubbing is the last phase in audio post production, is when you adjust the levels of the whole mix before rendering the final audio file. This lesson explains Dubbing.

1 page

This is a review in PDF so you can skim through the this section about Sound Post Production

Section 9: Directing Music

Knowing the elements of music can help you guide your Music Composer. It's the first step to directing music.

Directing Music Using References
Where to Get Music From
Resources to Get Music From
PDF of Directing Music - Section Review
1 page
Section 10: Cinematography
Introduction to Cinematography
Visual Storytelling and Concepts
Link to Animation RED and The Decendants
PDF of Cinematography - Section Review
2 pages
Section 11: Storyboard and Animatic
Analysing the Script for Storyboarding
Doing the Storyboard for a Scene
Finished Storyboard for the 1st Page
Getting the Best From Your Animatic
PDF of Storyboard and Animatic - Section Review
1 page
Section 12: The Breakdown
The Breakdown
Example of Breakdown
PDF of the Breakdown - Section Review
1 page
Section 13: Animation
Frame by Frame vs Rigged Characters
The Animation
PDF of Animation - Section Review
1 page
Section 14: Finishing Your Project
Link to Kuleshov Effect
Screening and Feedback
Handling Changes
PDF of Finishing Your Project - Section Review
1 page
Staying Motivated

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Instructor Biography

2D Animation 101 Courses, Animation Courses for Beginners

With a background of 10 years in the film industry at Autumn Leave Films, and with over 30 short films produced to this date, we are a group of animators who love to share everything we know about animation, from pre-production, animation, to post production.

Our aim is to equip future animators with all the necessary techniques and tips to help them do better projects. Our courses will help beginners along with intermediate users.

We have helped more than 22,000+ students to discover techniques and all the knowledge they need to start animating their projects.

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