Traditional Animation 4

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309AKR4 Z 3 28SS Czech summer

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Instruction results

Upon completion of the course the students:

Mode of study

The instruction aim is a mastery of animation acting with human figures with emphasis on dialog, expressing emotion and character.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Developed draqing skills. Abilities in graphic a dramatic expression. Adoption of professional international animation terminology. mastery of principles and techniques from the previous course.

Course contents

Instruction aim

The instruction aim is a command of animated actor's action with human figures with an emphasis on dialog, expression of emotions and figure character.

Instruction content

This final course is devoted primarily to animated actor's action and processes of standard animated production. The introductory exercise is focused on the fundamental devleopment of a figure, its psychology, reaching the character through action and movement in a scene.

Another task is the animation of a „foreign“ figure based on graphics information provided. Emphasis is place on acting acting, development of movement language and an overall concept of the figure character. Attention is devoted to poses, gestures, planning and mapping action (staging).

The final class is focused on so called lip-sync, facial mimikry and two figure dialog. During the workshop attention is devoted to preparation and execution of the semester exercise.

This study is formed by classes (workshops) and individual work on practical exercises (approx. 5-6 hours/week). Students are introduced to theory and assignment of individual exercises. As well students (upon analysis of results of given exercises) are given feedback and space for discussion on the given issue. The approach is to a certain extent individual and meets the requrements and particulars of each student.

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.

BYRNE, Mark T., 1999. Animation - The Art of Layout and Storyboarding. Kildare, Ireland: Speciality Print & Design Ltd. ISBN 0-9535732-0-6.

MATEU-MESTRE, Marcos, 2010. Framed Ink: Drawing and Composition for Visual Storytellers. China: Design Studio Press. ISBN 978-1-933492-95-7.


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 exercise activities averaging about 5-6 hours a week. Grading of this course is part of the summary exam.


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Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

room 420
Room No. 420

(Lažanský palác)

Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Tue 12:20–12:33 Pavel KOUTSKÝ
Room No. 420
Lažanský palác

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