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Animation Mania

MerrySpell Animation Mania Course

Frequency: 2 days per week

Module 1: Introduction to 2D Animation

Duration: 4 Weeks

Fees: ₹4000

Age Group: 7 years +

Prerequisite : None

The first module will begin by exploring the different form of visual arts by observing them. After the observing kids will discover the various purposes of art and its influence. We will look at the timeline of animation around the world and the inventions, which gave progress to it. Kids will start 2D character using light boxes and punch sheets.

Story-boarding will be taught from the concept story-line. Kids will also get a glimpse of script writing and strategy building.

Drawing Animation:

  • Basics of drawings
  • Objective drawings
  • Sill life studies
  • Anatomy
  • Live studies
  • Principles of drawings
  • Light and shadow
  • Cartooning
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Preproduction:

  • How to develop realistic characters living and non-living
  • Developing background and foregrounds

Animation:

  • Children will know about lip synchronization, expressions, walk through effects etc.
  • Children will be introduced to Adobe Photoshop. The instructor will introduce collage, composition, layout designing, and masking in a fun filled way.

Module 2: Advanced Animation

Duration: 4 Weeks

Fees: ₹4000

Age Group: 7 years +

Prerequisite : Module 1

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This course is best suitable for kids who are aspiring to choose animation as their career. The instructor will give a brief history of animation around the world. This will make the kids understand the 12 principles of animation and how to calculate appropriate frame rates. They will get to know about the past and current trend of animation industry.
  • Understanding of Geometry and Symmetry
  • Better hand control over a pencil
  • A better understanding of different shades
  • Shortcuts for easier compositions
  • Adding color to the compositions

Module 3: Adobe character animator

Duration: 4 Weeks

Fees: ₹4000

Age Group: 7 years +

Prerequisite : None

This module will teach about the realistic 2D character animations. These animations could be used for social media, eLearning projects etc. Children get know that by just using a computer’s webcam and microphone they can record their voice and facial tracking technology to give realistic effects to their creations.
By learning Adobe Character animator children can create their own custom puppets and animate a finished video. At the beginning, the instructor will teach everything about the character animator interface which includes creations of a project and setting up webcams and microphone.
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Building the character: This is the most complex yet fun part of the course. The instructor will help the children to develop a character template in Photoshop and Illustrator. After a little brainstorming, the children will be able to finish the look and feel of the character.  Once done, the character can be imported to the animation software. However, children will be required to add few extra final touches to the model. Children will learn to add wrap controls, face tags, attach points, drag handles, sticks, dangle handles. Lastly, kids will set an eye delay behaviour of the model.
Adding mobility to the character: Children will work with different layer groups. To give real mobility they will add a head turning behaviour and walk behaviour to the model.
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Recording an animation of a model: Children learn about enabling and recording an animation in the software. The facial expressions of the character can be recorded by using a webcam and microphone. However, children can also important pre-recorded voice over and videos.
Finishing the project: Children will know how to export the animations using Adobe Media Encoder. This also teaches the kids a few elements about After Effects.
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