Direct and Produce Animation
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Direct and Produce Animation

People want to join your project. Learn how to guide them into following your vision for your next Animation.
4.6 (179 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
4,179 students enrolled
Last updated 4/2017
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 10 Articles
  • 13 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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  • 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.

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

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...
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Curriculum For This Course
68 Lectures
2 Lectures 03:43

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

Preview 03:25

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



Preview 00:18
The Story
5 Lectures 07:12

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

Preview 02:10

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

Preview 04:37

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

Link to Michael Arnt - Toy Story Video: How to start a Story

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

Recommended Reading

Review of this section. THE STORY.

PDF of The Story - Section Review
1 page
The Script
8 Lectures 22:26

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

The Script and How To Develop Character

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

Taking Your Characters to the Next Level

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.

Developing a Plot and Creating an Outline

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

Script Format

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

Adobe Story Tutorial

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

Exporting From Adobe Story to TXT or WORD

This video helps you think outside of the box

How to write a Script that Doesn't Suck

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

PDF of The Script - Section Review
2 pages
Concept Art
5 Lectures 11:07

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.

Introduction to Concept Art

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

Cartoon Styles

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

Experimenting with Shapes

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

Concept Art for a Villain

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

PDF of Concept Art - Section Review
1 page
Casting Voice Talent
5 Lectures 17:27

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


Things you need to prepare before doing a casting.

Prepare for a Casting

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

Casting the Voice Talent

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

What to Look for in Casting

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

PDF of Casting Voice Talent - Section Review
2 pages
Sound Recording
3 Lectures 07:02

An introduction to sound recording.

Recording Sound

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


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

PDF of Sound Recording - Section Review
1 page
Directing Voice Actors
5 Lectures 20:26

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

Introduction To Voice 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.

Improving Fake Performance

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

Using Powerful Language for Direction

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.

Improving Line Readings

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

PDF of Directing Voice Talent - Section Review
1 page
Sound Post Production
7 Lectures 08:40

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

Understanding Sound Editing

Example of a scene with and without sound design.

Sound Design Before and After

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

Understanding Sound Mixing

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

Mix2Master Scotland's Mixing and Mastering Studio​ Example

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

Music - The Other 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.


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

PDF of Audio Post Production - Section Review
1 page
Directing Music
5 Lectures 11:29

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

Elements of Music every Director must know

Directing Music Using References

Where to Get Music From

Resources to Get Music From

PDF of Directing Music - Section Review
1 page
4 Lectures 07:48
Introduction to Cinematography

Visual Storytelling and Concepts

Link to Animation RED and The Decendants

PDF of Cinematography - Section Review
2 pages
4 More Sections
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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.