Narrative & Storytelling for Animation

Learn how to create an entertaining short story for animation, known in the industry as a gag.
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  • Lectures 15
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 3/2015 English

Course Description

Do you want to learn more about how to write, plan and design an idea for an animated gag?

Do you want to experience what it's like to be taught animation on one of Teesside Universities' Skillset accredited degree courses?

Well you can do just that in this incredible animation taster course written and presented by our highly experienced lecturers in animation.

You will be guided through a series of FUN and ENGAGING videos with supporting documentation, learning all about creating an awesome idea!

This is the first of a series of three online tasters culminating in advice and 1-1 feedback on how to create the perfect portfolio for application to our courses at Teesside University.

What are the requirements?

  • Students who enrol in this course will need to possess the desire to create through drawing and story telling ideas that may appeal to audiences around the world.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • At the end of this course, students will be able to develop an awesome idea for their own story and will be able to present it in an industry format to an audience.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for anyone who would like to learn the best practices for developing a short story, or gag, to be told in the form of an animation.

What you get with this course?

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

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: ACT 1 The Gag

Here we introduce the course with two of our senior lecturers, Drew & Siobhan, and we learn about their work experience in the the filed of animation and visual effects.

Please download the PDF document that includes the documentation for the 'Narrative and Storytelling' course in the downloads tab.


In this lecture we define & demonstrate what a gag is, and what makes your idea strong.


In this lecture we cover narrative structure and it's components: character, setting, and a story.


This lecture presents you with three industry case studies, illustrating the concepts put forward in the previous lecture.


In this lecture we discuss the theory of story and character arcs as well as the importance of sound.


Here we introduce further concepts of creating and generating ideas for your own story.


In this entertaining lecture we discuss how you can turn your idea from a seven to an eleven!


The aim of this lecture are to demonstrate how important feedback is and how to use it effectively for your story.

5 questions

This quiz will help you to identify the key elements learned in ACT ONE, The Gag.

Section 2: ACT 2 - The Middle

This lecture details each stage in the production process, from planning through to the final edit.


In this lecture we discuss methods for taking your idea and putting it down on paper.


In this lecture we give you loads of valuable information on how to create an effective storyboard for your animation.

Recap of ACT TWO
3 questions
Section 3: ACT 3 The End

This lecture will cover the role of sound and sound effects and how it enhances your story and animation.


Here we will cover what an animatic is and it's purpose in developing your idea for an animation.


In this final lecture we look back at all the elements you have learned to help in the creation of your story and animation. We also introduce our second course on "Character Design and Story Polish".

Recap of ACT THREE
2 questions

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Instructor Biography

The School of Computing at Teesside University is one of the best-equipped learning environments for anyone seeking a career in animation or visual effects. We have purpose-built facilities housing dedicated life drawing spaces, a recording studio, a motion-capture studio and a fully equipped soundstage including green screen facilities and motion-control cameras.

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