Traditional Animation 3

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309AKR3 Z 3 24SS Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Instruction results

Upon completion of this course the student:

Mode of study

theory preparations, practical exercises, collective discussions over the results of the collective exercises.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Developed drawing skills. Skill in graphic and dramatic expression. Adoption of international professional animation terminology. Management of principles and techniques from the previous course. Indpendent skill in movement analysis.

Course contents

Instruction aim

The aim is analysis, achieving charateristic features and an overal command of animal animation.

Instruction content

In the introductory class attention is devoted to various examples of four-legged gaits. This starting point serves in comparing bi-pedal gait adopted in the previous linked class, Drawn Animation 1 and 2.

Further parts of the couse focus on animation of diverse animal movement. Attention is given to contrasting individual characteristics, primarily from an action timing standpoint. This exercise in animation merges the interaction of man and animal.

The second part of the course is devoted to the animation of fluids and granular effects.

The final exercise is animation with a dynamic camera (so called: total animation). In the second part of the course, will also be preparations for the execution of the semester paper.

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.

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.

MUYBRIDGE, Eadweard, 2000. The Human Figure in Motion. B.m.: Dover Publications. ISBN 0-486-20204-6.

GILLAND, Joseph, 2009. Elemental Magic, Volume I: The Art of Special Effects Animation. Waltham, MA: Focal Press. ISBN 978-0-240-81163-5.

GILLAND, Joseph, 2012. Elemental magic. Volume 2: The technique of special effects animation. Waltham, MA: Focal Press. ISBN 978-0-240-81479-7.

HULTGEN, Ken, 1993. The Art of Animal Drawing: Construction, Action Analysis, Caricature. B.m.: Dover Publications. ISBN 978-0-486-27426-3.


Pivotal domestic and foreign animated films of renown artists

Review of Annecy films

FAMU student works

Assessment methods and criteria

Class participation. On-going completion of individual exercise activity averaging about 5-6 hours of work per 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 14:50–16:25 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