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Visual Development in Animation

6:30PM - 9:30PM
Oct 03 - Nov 21
2.00 CEUs,
8 Sessions

Donald Poynter Art director, designer, storyboard artist, effects animator

Good compositional skills are essential for creating compelling images that will engage the audience. Picture making has its own language. The goal of this course is to enrich each student's visual vocabulary. Through demonstrations, supplemental material and an emphasis on individual instruction, we will examine: How to utilize the rules of composition to direct viewer interest; application of camera dynamics and staging guidelines to thumbnail sketching, storyboarding and layout; perspective as an expressive tool and its uses and limitations; creating depth without perspective; value arrangement and color fundamentals; character analysis and construction. Exercises are designed to replicate actual job assignments and will include developing exterior and interior locations and the placement of characters within these environments. This course will provide a solid foundation to allow each student's imagination to soar.


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