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21 Foundations of Animation

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Overview

Learn the 21 foundations of animation: universal principles that can be used to create high-quality animation in any style or medium, including hand-drawn and digital animation.

Times have changed. The 12 principles of animation popularized by Disney are no longer sufficient for teaching animation in the digital age. Enter Dermot O’ Connor’s 21 foundations of animation: universal principles that can be used to create high-quality animation in any style or medium, including hand-drawn and digital animation. Explore how to create a solid, strong, and dynamic poses using the classical drawing rules perfected by golden age artists. Discover how to plan a scene using thumbnails, to have more control over the scene and reduce production time. Find out how to take a pose or expression that is adequate, and push it further. Dermot provides an in-depth review of the other 18 techniques, and then shows all 21 foundations in a single scene, working together.

Syllabus

Introduction
  • Getting started with animation
  • What you should know
1. Appeal
  • What is appeal?
  • Historical and modern appeal
2. Strong Design
  • Construction
  • Design
  • From roughs to final color
3. Staging
  • Staging a scene to tell a story
  • Shots and camera angles
  • Lighting and color
4. Acting and Pantomime
  • Flour sacks and body language
  • Attitude poses
5. Keys and Breakdowns
  • How keys and breakdowns differ
  • Strengthening actions with breakdowns
6. Straight Ahead and Pose to Pose
  • Straight ahead vs. pose to pose
  • Animating hair and clothing straight ahead
  • Animating natural effects straight ahead
7. Thumbnails and Planning
  • Thumbnails and planning
  • Advanced thumbnails
8. Timing, Spacing, and Easing
  • Timing vs. spacing
  • Easing and texture
  • Timing and materials
9. Squash and Stretch
  • Squashing and stretching
  • Squashing anatomically
10. Arcs
  • Bouncing ball
  • Plotting arcs
11. Primary and Secondary Action
  • Animate and inanimate motion
  • Hair, fur, and clothing
12. Silhouette
  • Positive and negative spaces
  • Pushing the pose
13. Line of Action and Reversals
  • Flexing the spine
14. Anticipation, Overshoot, and Settle
  • Anticipating a reach
  • Overshoot and settle
15. Opposing Action
  • Action and reaction
  • Opposing action in walks
16. Counterpose
  • Counterpose when standing
  • Counterpose in action
17. Leading Action
  • Leading gestures
  • Leading on walks
18. Breaking Joints
  • Breaking joints on gestures
  • Breaking joints on walks
19. Overlap and Follow Through
  • Overlap gestures
  • Follow through and moving holds
20. Accents and Dialogue
  • Dialogue
  • Accenting dialogue actions
21. Exaggeration
  • Plussing poses and faces
  • Plussing animation
  • Cartoon physics
Conclusion
  • Wizard and next steps
  • Additional resources

Taught by

Dermot O' Connor

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