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About the Course
This course introduces you to drawing, modelling and digital cameras to create impressive stop motion animated sequences. Working with the added power of Dragonframe software you will bring characters to life, add music and titles, and even make them speak!
The greatest craft skills in animation are undoubtedly drawn and stop motion animation. This course introduces you to the use of computers, hand-drawing and digital cameras to create stop motion animated sequences. You will also learn the principles and history of animation, how to create 2D and 3D puppets and sets, how to plan and create movement, and how to work creatively with sound, light and cameras to create sequences that will impress. Through craft skills and drawing you will have brought animals and characters to life, and even made them speak: this is a most magical form of animation, and far from dead; it is rising in popularity again! If you are not entitled to a reduced fee but are finding it difficult to pay for your course in one go, we can offer a Staged Payment Agreement to split the costs into three payments if your course(s) costs £200 or more. Please talk to a member of enrolment staff about how your payments would be structured. You are liable for all payments under this agreement, even if you stop attending your class.
By the end of the course you will be able to
Understand the basics of timing for stop motion animation
Experiment with materials for stop motion animation
Understand cameras and lighting for stop motion animation
Create a short stop motion animated film
Create characters and drawing to appear in animation
Class format and activities
The course is suitable for beginners to animation and to stop motion animation. You will receive presentations on the basic techniques of animation using stop motion techniques. Practical workshops will build skills in stop motion animation. You will create short animated pieces using exercises with room for individual interpretation. A busy and productive class taught in a professional, well-equipped studio. The class will be taught via a mix of presentation, active learning exercises, demonstrations, hand-outs, step-by-step instructions, pair working and group discussion. One to one tuition will be given to help develop ideas and skills and project work assigned to help you progress. The tutor will give demonstrations, presentations and lead group discussions around technical and creative subjects as well as provide assessment and feedback on your progress. Projects will regularly be given to allow for the sharing of your progress, some use of web based presentation tools will be encouraged. Learning will be supported by course hand-outs, and the tutor will provide links to online resources.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
A keen interest in the subject is key to your success and the ability to attend the sessions regularly in order to get the most out of the course is desirable. As part of the course you will be asked to read tutorials, take notes, listen to instructions and discuss related topics, therefore students should have a reasonable level of skill in speaking, reading and writing in English. This course can be taken alongside with any of our digital design, film and photography courses and will help you to gain the confidence you need when working with cameras and film making equipment. The best thing to bring with you is energy, enthusiasm and commitment!
What you need to know before you enrol
Some computer skills are needed for making this course a success, as all stop motion footage will be saved and edited on computers. These skills will be shown to you as you progress. It will be helpful if you know how to do word processing, saving, managing files, browsing the internet etc. As part of the course you will be asked to read tutorials, take notes and discuss related topics. You may wish to revise and practise at home to reinforce what you have learned during the lesson. Information about computers and relevant software will be provided by the tutor.
What you will need for your class
To get the most from your learning it would be helpful to have your own camera and lens. Your camera should allow you access to manual controls for video shooting. We have a number of college cameras and other equipment for use in class time only. It would be helpful for you to bring a pen and notepad, as you may wish to take notes. Also recommended is a storage device such as USB Memory stick (minimum 8GB) or mini-hard drive. This is for storage of media during the course and of your work at the end. If you are using software on your course it would be beneficial to your studies if you possess the software for use at home. As a student of Morley College you are entitled to a discount on Adobe CC Software. Your tutor can advise you on how to apply for this. Comfortable, practical clothing for working with art materials.
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