This course provides essential knowledge of digital animation techniques, demonstrating the processes needed to develop animation at a professional level, from creation to production. In the world of communication where digital content dominates, digital animation is a key element: movies, videogames and ads are mainly created through digitally animated effects. Skills in digital animation are essential to the new professions of marketing, web and graphic design.
Participants will be introduced to the essential tools and production processes for digital animation contents, starting from initial concept to final realization. During this first week, starting from the analysis of some of the most famous case histories, participants will go through the different stages of digital animation in both 2D and 3D. Classes will also include key notions in Adobe After Effects and 3D StudioMax software used to develop digital animations.
The second week of the course will be dedicated to 2D digital animation with participants being introduced to the latest software and animation techniques. With the software and animation skills acquired during the first week, they will develop bi-dimensional animations, starting from storyboards assigned by the tutor, moving on to developing their own narrative approach, with the creation of main characters or themes, to produce innovative visual solutions.
During the last week the essentials of 3D animation will be investigated. Subject-specific skills will be taught enabling participants to work in teams, covering various sectors of animation for example; movies, TV, advertising, visual effects and gaming. They will also acquire a deeper knowledge of related software, including work flow and production process that form the basis of a digital animators work. At the end of the short course participants are able to produce their own basic 3D animations.