2D DIGITAL ANIMATION ONLINE COURSE
STUDY UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF
A TOP ANIMATOR
© SPA Studios
DIRECTOR OF ACADEMIC STUDIES
Director of Academic Studies, teacher - former Art director and Production designer - PIXAR Studios
Anthony Christov is an internationally renowned art director and production designer for the award-winning Pixar Animation Studios...
THE BEST IDEA FOR NEXT-GEN ANIMATORS!
Enroll in one of the most dynamic 2D Animation programs in Europe!
IDEA Academy offers the one and only animation course directed by Anthony Christov, former Art Director and Production Designer at Pixar Animation Studios.
The course by many experienced professionals who have worked for international companies such as SPA studios, Cartoon Network, The Line, Titmouse and Cartoon Saloon, just to name a few.
This one-year program is designed for passionate individuals looking for a career in the entertainment industry. The course is made of 3 modules; each module runs for 12 weeks and will allow students an in-depth study of 2D animation to learn how to convey weight, motion and personality to characters with the most advanced techniques. If you’re an aspiring storyboard artist or 2D animator, join us and learn from a group of amazing internationally renowned professionals!
IMPORTANT: Applications should meet the minimum entry requirements to pursue the program.
Courses are taught in English in an online live streaming format
LET'S GET STARTED
INTRODUCTION AND PRESENTATION + SOFTWARE BASICS
Basic principles of animation, working with simple shapes and humanoid characters...
TIMING AND SPACING + SLOW IN AND SLOW OUT + CHARTS - the bouncing ball
Exercise: rough - bouncing ball
Exercise: rough, a flick/hit/kick/punch on something that reacts
ANTICIPATION, OVERSHOOT, SQUASH AND STRETCH -
Working on easy movements like a hit, a drop, a knock, breaking the joints
Duration: 12 weeks
STAGING, POSING, SOLID DRAWINGS and EXAGGERATION
Exercise: rough - sack of flour acting bit
FACE ACTING, OVERLAP, TAKES - Get the rhythm and don't time all together
Exercise: rough - mid shot, a character looks around and changes expressions
CENTRE OF GRAVITY, ARCS
Exercise: rough -wide shot, a simple body action, bowing, sitting, standing up
BASIC WEIGHT, FLEXIBILITY AND TAKES – secondary action
Exercise: rough -wide shot, little body movement (weight shift/one step/etc) head turn, the character sees something and…
FOLLOW THROUGH AND TIE DOWN - Spice up your animation!
Exercise: tie-down - add a feather, a belly, a cape, something to your previous animation then tie it down
MORE ON WEIGHT -
Lines of Action, change of shape
Exercise: tie down - animate a push, a pull or a lift
Exercise: tie-down, animation loop like a flying animal or something more complex like a dance loop
WALKS - A generic walk
Exercise: tie-down, animate a generic walk
WALKS – A walk with character
Exercise: tie-down, animate a more personal walk
MAKE YOUR CHARACTERS ALIVE
PERSONALIZED WALK CYCLE
Exercise: start, run, jump, stop
WALK CYCLE IN PERSPECTIVE / CHANGE OF DIRECTION
Exercise: sports action (one action to choose between 3 or 4 given actions) with a given character
TIEDOWN ON THE ROUGH MADE BY SOMEONE ELSE
FX - BASES (WATER, FIRE, SMOKE, ETC)
Exercise: astronaut or diver - slow motion exercise
Exercise: ninja training (original character design or one chosen among some designs provided)
Exercises: dance, a character who has to move a heavy object in an established space with acting
Duration: 12 weeks
LEVEL UP YOUR ANIMATION SKILLS
Exercise: unboxing a present + reaction
Exercise: character starts to say something but is not sure how
INTRO DIALOGUE ACTING - BODY ONLY (NO FACE/EXPRESSION)
Exercise: work on a soundtrack - focus on body acting (given sound)
INTRO DIALOGUE ACTING - MOUTH ONLY (HEAD NOT MOVING)
Exercise: work on a soundtrack - focus on lipsync
ACTING + LIPSYNC - CLOSE UP
Exercise: start working on subtlety, hidden meaning and subtext (choice among given sounds)
ACTING + LIPSYNC - FULL FIGURE/MEDIUM SHOT - 11 SECONDS
Exercise: work on a fully animated, tied down acting and lipsync shot (they choose the sound)
TALK ABOUT SHOWREEL
Duration: 12 weeks
ENROLLMENT DATES 2023/24
Enrollment deadline: subject to availability
MODULE 1: September 25th, 2023 - December18th, 2023
MODULE 2: January 8th, 2024 - April 2nd, 2024
MODULE 3: April 15th, 2024 - July 15th, 2024 (Including 1 week of pause during the Annecy Animation Fair)
Monday: 15:00 - 19:00
Thursday: 15:00 - 19:00
IMPORTANT: The school reserves the right to change the course's schedule
Course language: English
Materials provided (included in the cost of the course for the duration of the course only):
- License Toon Boom Harmony Pro;
- Syncsketch License;
- Laptop + graphic tablet;
- Webcam + microphone;
The cost of each module (12 weeks) of the 2D Animation online course is 1900€
The sum is to be paid at the enrollment.
Animator at Cartoon Network, Passion Pictures, Double Plus, the Line, the SPA Studios and more