Traditional Animation 1

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
309AKR1 Z 3 24SS Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Studenti na konci kurzu ovládají animaci mechaniky pevných (rigid body) a měkkých těles (soft body). Znají a dokáží dle potřeby aplikovat jádro 12 principů animace. Ovládají animaci obecné bipedické chůze a běhu.

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Prerequisites and co-requisites

Creative and dramatic expression skills.

Course contents

In this course emphasis is place primarily on an introduction to the fundamental principles and techniques of classic drawn animation. Part of the introductory exercise is animation by classic technique (typically pencil and paper on a lighted table). The pivotal topics are:

Students during the course are introduced to the canonic 12 principles of animation. Emphasis is place on their understanding as a medium and not a goal. At the close of the course attention is devoted to preparations of the semester work (part of the summary exam).

This study is comprised of classes (workshops) and individual work on practice exercises (approx: 5-6 hours/week). In the course students are introduced to theory and assignment of individual exercises. As well, students (upon analysis of the results of given exercises) are provided with feedback and space for discussion on the given issue. The approach is, to a certain extent, individual and meets the requirements and particulars of individual students.

The instruction aim is to introduce students to the fundamental principles and techniques in animation, including the core canonic 12 animation principles.

Recommended or required reading

Required literature:

DOVNIKOVIĆ, Borivoj. Škola kresleného filmu. Vyd. 1. Praha: Nakladatelství Akademie múzických umění v Praze, 2007. 179 s. ISBN 978-80-7331-091-2 · il.

WILLIAMS, Richard. The animator´s survival kit : a manual of methods, principles and formulas. 2nd expanded ed. London: Faber & Faber, 2009. 382 s. ISBN 0-571-23834-7 · fot., obr. +

Recommended literature:

URC, Rudolf. Animovaný film. Martin: Osveta, 1984. 162 s. · fot.

THOMAS, Frank a Ollie JOHNSTON, 1981. The illusion of life: Disney animation. New York: Disney Editions. ISBN 0786860707.

HALAS, John OBE a Harold WHITAKER, 2009. Timing for Animation. 2nd vyd. B.m.: Focal Press. ISBN 978-0-240-52160-2.

HOOKS, Ed, 2017. Acting for Animators: 4th Edition. 2nd vyd. B.m.: Routledge. ISBN 1-138-66912-1.


Pivotal domestic and foreign animated films of renowned artists.

Review of Annecy films

FAMU student work

Assessment methods and criteria

Class participation. On-going completion of individual exercises making an average of 5-6 hours of work a week. Grading for this course is part of the summary exam.


Without note

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

room 420
Room No. 420

(Lažanský palác)

Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Tue 13:10–14:45 Pavel KOUTSKÝ
Room No. 420
Lažanský palác

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans