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Learn Traditional Animation , Stop Motion , Photoshop and AE

Become an Animator! Bring your characters to life using Paper & Pencil, Stop Motion, Flash,Photoshop and After Effects.
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Created by Noella Borie
Last updated 4/2015
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What Will I Learn?
Understand the basic principles of traditional animation, character expressions, walk cycle and lip sync
Get started animating quickly without nececessarily using fancy programs, only your phone, paper and pencil
Apply the traditional animation skills using programs such as Flash, Photoshop and After Effects ( AE )
Get introduced to stop motion techniques, create your own armature puppet, be able to produce your own stop motion video
Be able to create your own animation Vine completely on your smartphone and upload it directly to the website
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  • Dowload trials of Flash CS5, Photoshop, and After Effect
  • Smartphone or Camera

Have you ever wanted to learn how to draw ? Do you have great ideas for characters that you have always wanted to animate and bring to life ? Do you want to learn from an Award Winning animator ?

In this course students will learn all about traditional animation. This course will cover everything from the basics of traditional animation, how characters move, facial expressions and some application such as paper & pencil animation, stop motion, and using programs such as Flash, Photoshop and After Effects.

After learning some of the traditional animation technique taught in this course, students will be able to make their own animated video using only paper, pencil, and a cell phone. In addition, students will also learn how to make stop motion videos using everyday objects.

Students will also receive Photoshop, Flash CS5 and After Effects files of the materials used in this course and follow along with the instructor who is working from the same exactly files. After the course, students can continue to use these files as examples and templates for their next big project !

Who is the target audience?
  • People who are completely unfamiliar with basic principle of traditional animation
  • People who want to learn how to animate quickly
  • People who want to learn how to make traditional animation and stop motion videos they can upload to Vine and Youtube
  • People who want to learn how to create basic armature puppets for stop motion videos
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 43 Lectures Collapse All 43 Lectures 01:47:41
Basic Animation Principles
10 Lectures 16:29

This is the introduction to this course on making traditional animation.

Preview 00:28

This lesson goes over why people animate and what animation entails. You can also download the powerpoint slides for this section here.

Why Animate ?

This lesson goes over the importance of the pencil test and why animators find it an important start for their animations.

Pencil Test

This lesson goes over the basic principles of animation: The guide, The Key Frame, In between frames

Basic Animation Principle

This lesson goes over the importance of keeping track of your animation frames when working with paper and pencil animation.

Keeping Track of Your Frames

This lesson talks about the importance of using guides in animation and why drawring a guide should always be your first step before starting to animate anything.

Importance of Guides

This is the final animation that was produced using the basic guide that I talk about and used the the prior video.

Preview 00:16

Your first homework assignment is to make a little animation using the techniques shown in the previous videos. A download link to the ball animation in flash can be found in the external resources tab. After you do this homework assignment you should have your very first animation that you can post to your social media !

Try this at home ! Homework Assignment 1

This is an example of a very simple animation and you can create quickly with just your smartphone, a paper and pencil.

Preview 00:05

This is a time lapse video of where you can see me working on the ball bounce animation. Notice that the only tools I am using is just a smartphone, paper and pencil. You too can make animation ! All it takes is just a bit of time and dedication to bring your ideas to life.

Preview 00:13
Character Expressions And Blink
6 Lectures 21:06

In this lecture I go over several blink animations in the computer program flash. You can download the flash file in the external resources tab.

Blink Examples in Flash

Creating a Blink Cycle In Flash

Anticipation and Reaction

Try this at home ! Homework Assignment 2

Character Walk Cycle
10 Lectures 26:14

Ways of Animating a Walk

Importing Into Photoshop

Walk Cycle in After Effects

Intro to Walk Cycle in Perspective

Creating a Walk Cycle in Perspective

Try this at home ! Homework Assignment 3
Character Lip Sync
7 Lectures 14:54

Example of Basic Mouth Positions

Creating a Lip Sync in Flash

Animation Lip sync example for two of my characters from my 2012 kickstarter campaign

Preview 00:25

Try this at home ! Homework Assignment 4

Characters & Stop Motion
10 Lectures 28:58
Introduction to Stop Motion

Examples of Stop Motion Techniques

Tools for Creating an Armature Puppet

Making a Basic Armature Puppet

Try this at home ! Homework Assignment 5

Upload Test
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About the Instructor
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761 Students
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Noella B. David was born in Paris and raised near Geneva, Switzerland. She later went on to spend a year in Tokyo, where she attended the renowned language school Naganuma, and expanded her multi-lingual fluency to French, English, Italian, and Japanese. In 2006, Noella earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Parsons New School for Design and has been living in the Big Apple ever since. Noella is an accomplished and dedicated traditional animator who made her debut as Lead Animator on the independent film “Everyday Sunshine;" a documentary about the rock band Fishbone. More recently, Noella acted as Lead Animator on the film “Riot on the Dance Floor". She also assisted in the creation of Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata's award winning short film, “Something Left, Something Taken".

Noella has won many prestigious awards for her work and has been featured in numerous festivals throughout her career. Fresh out of college, her first short film, “Faceless Neil in The Face Shop," won awards of excellence for best animation. "The Face Shop" was screened in many renowned festivals such as Big Apple Film Festival in New York, International Film Festival in Vancouver, and The Short Corner of the famous Festival de Cannes edition. “Faceless Neil" was labeled Most Marketable Project at Film Com, Nashville in 2011. She also spent time working with award-winning director Signe Baumane on her feature film “Rocks in my Pockets." Noella's latest short film, “Out of the Darkness," won several awards for best animation in various festivals, including the La Femme Film Festival in 2014 and the Best Short Film award in Barbara International Film Festival, among others in 2015.

Noella has fine-tuned her artistic skills and style through her development of the unique skill set necessary for traditional animation, which requires artistic ability as well as craftsmanship. She lives to make films, bringing back the hand-drawn quality that makes them so unique and beautiful. Noella works as a Freelance Animator and Director, specializing in traditional animation for Click3X in NYC, and is currently developing her next project, which she aims to make into an animated stop-motion feature film.

Awards and Official Selection

Reel Music Film Festival, USA ('10)
New Jersey Film Festival, USA
Frozen River Film Festival, USA
Oxford Film Festival, USA
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, USA ('10)
Beloit International Film Festival, USA ('10)
DOCNZ – Documentary Edge Film Festival, USA ('10) Selected for
Macon Film Festival, New Zeland , ('10) Riverside International Film
Festival, USA ('10)
Iowa City Documentary Film Festival, USA ('10)

THE FACE SHOP ( Director and Lead Animator ) Parsons Animation Festival 2009 and 2010
Official selection Big Apple Film Festival, NY, ('10)
Official selection Animated Object, Alberta, Canada, ('11)
Official selection Festivus Film Festival, Denver, CO, ('11).
Official selection LA film festival ('11)
Award for Best Animation with “The Face Shop" at Big Apple Film
Festival ('10)
Award for Best Animation at Festivus Film Festival, Denver ('11)
Award for Best Animation at Next TV entertainment competion, ('11)
Award of Excellence, Canada International film Festival ('11)
Award for Best Animation at Long Island International Film Expo ('11)
JURY AWARD in Animation category of 5th edition of Chinh India Kids
Film Festival ('11) Selected to “Short Corner" at Festival de Canne,
France ('11)
Selected as most marketable project at FilmCom convention, Nashville,
TN, ('11)

OUT OF THE DARKNESS (Director and Lead Animator)
Official selection and Award for Best Animation at LA film Festival, CA ('14)
Official selection Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival, CA ('14)
Official selection Viewster Online film festival, CA ('14)
Official selection Big Apple Film Festival, NYC ('14)
Best short award Winner, CA ('14)
Section 5 Winner AnimazSpot, CA ('14)
Official selection Santa Barbera Film Festival, CA ('15)
Official selection Dead By Dawn Film Fest, Edinburgh, UK ('15)
Official selection ASIFA east Jury screening, NY ('15)
Official selection Italian Molisecinema Festival, Italy ('15)

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