School of Arts

CM Animation 1

This course is part of the programme:
Master's programme in Media Arts and Practices

Objectives and competences

In the scope of objectives of the Carrier Module ANIMATION the student, in gradual progression, covers all essential topics, tools and methodologies relevant for autonomous production work in the specific area of Animation within Media Arts and Practices.

-semester 1.

-to acquire advanced animation work experience through practical work

-to become familiar with advanced terminology and procedures in animation (extremes, phasing, interphasing, timing, anticipation, interaction, design, visual stylization, expression of materials)

-to become comprehensively familiar with digital aproach to classical animation techniques

-to work on concrete basic animation assignments

-semester 2

-to learn all the phases in a professional preproduction workflow of an animated film

-to build concepts of animated film of quality recognizable in the context of festivals, other public screenings and further dissemination forms of animated films

-to develop and form individual author/artistic expression in the area of animated film and acquire immediate experience in the making of a film, as well as of reflectiong its public perceptions and feedbacks

-to further enrich work experience with software and hardwares related to animation production

-semester 3

-to master with all the phases in a professional production workflow of an animated film

-to work on the final version of a short animated film which should be recognized in the context of festivals, other public screenings and/or further relevant dissemination forms of animated films

-to further develop and form their author/artistic expression in the area of animated film and acquire immediate experience in the making of a film, as well as of reflecting its public perceptions and feedbacks

-to further enrich work experience with software and hardware related to animation production

Prerequisites

General knowledge in the field of animation and animated film and expressed interest in the specific field of interest, expressed in visual arts skills, highly reflected ability of visual or verbal storytelling, computer literacy, demonstrated mastery of basic tools for recording and editing.

Content (Syllabus outline)

The Carrier Module ANIMATION integrates a broad range of technical, conceptual and aesthetic animation practices, it is consisted of three semester-long course runs that are structured around three levels of outcomes (knowledge, skills) defined as “Explore”, “Define” and “Focus”, through which students gradually acquire competence for independent animated film production in their specific field..

The following syllabus, including its aims and outcomes, comprises the vertical structure of all 3 semesters to support the student’s individual pathway in gradually attaining full competence within the (Carrier Module) ANIMATION area of Media Arts and Practices. After “EXPLORING” various possibilities within the area, the student “DEFINES” own field of interest, and eventually “FOCUSES” on her/his project.

Semester 1, Carrier Module ANIMATION – “Explore”:

-becoming familiar with the terminology and procedures in animation (extremes, phasing, interphasing, timing, anticipation, interaction, design, visual stylization, expression of materials)

-exploring varieties of animation technics: traditional drawn animation, stop motion animation (puppet animation, cutout animation, caly animation, pixalisation), computer animation etc.

-exploring varieties of visual language(s) and means of expression: drawing, sculpting, photography, computer modelling, graphics etc.

-learning, developing and using basic elements of animation: script and storyboard, creation of a visual concept, editing, creation of a soundtrack

-exploring roles in Studio projects.

Semester 2, Carrier Module ANIMATION – “Define”:

- student’s own project and the chosen means of expression, technics, tools, individual visual language.

- the project and its phases, timeline, production plan(preparing for semester 3)

- student’s own role in Studio projects

- elements of animation: script and storyboard, creation of a visual concept, animation, editing, creation of a soundtrack, building the relationship between the story and visual appearance.

Semester 3, Carrier Module ANIMATION – “Focus”:

-finalizing and preproducing individual author’s animated film project

-finding additional resources esp. production facilities

-looking for possible co-producers in the local community-final story board, character building, space building, animatic, starting of animation, plan for postproduction, soundtrack, effects etc.

After semester 3 the student implements and/or finalizes the master project within the scope of the Master Thesis module, in semester 4.

Intended learning outcomes

Explore

(Students will)

-independently make hort animated work

-Independently use terminology, tools and procedures as well as participate in group work

-evaluate and critically analyze general esthetic and artistic achievements in the sphere of animation and related fields

Define

(Students will)

-acquire practical experience and theoretical knowledge related to the entire preproduction stage in the making of an animated film

-to articulate their own author integral project in terms of a complete plan, and adequately prepare all elements for the production stage

Focus

(Students will)

- bring their individual artistic project to the final stage, assuring its successful completion

-master all the phases and elements of animated film production

- acquire knowledge and skills that will enable them to make independently their own animated films according to all the professional standards in their specific field (within the area of animation)

Readings

Obligatory:

Cavalier, Stephen: The World History of Animation, UCP 2011

Moritz, William: Optical Poetry“ – The Life And Work Of Oscar Fischinger,

Hanson, Matt :The End Of Celluloid – Film Futures In The Digitall Age, RotoVision 2004

Habjan, Ana Marija: Umjetnik Otpora – Razgovori S Vladom Kristlom

Cotta Vaz, Marc & Duignan, Patricia Rose: Industrial Light+Magic – Into the Digital Realm, Del Rey

Recommended:

Bendazzi, Giannalberto: Cartoons, One hundred years of cinema animation, John Libbey & Company Ltd 1994.

Pilling, Jayne: A Reader in Animation Studies, John Libbey & Company Ltd 1997.

Robinson, Chris: Unsung Heroes of Animation, John Libbey & Company Ltd 2006.

Shaw, Susannah: Stop Motion: Craft Skills for Model Animation, Focal Press 2008

Williams, Richard: The Animators Survival Kit, Faber and Faber Ltd 2001.

Assessment

Type (examination, oral, coursework, project): – regular coursework according to syllabus – final documentation, with presentation – oral examination Grading scheme: 50% regular coursework 20% final documentation 30% final presentation and/or oral exam

Lecturer's references

Professor of Animation and Illustration and founder of the Animation course at the Faculty of Applied Arts of the University of Arts in Belgrade, Rastko Ćirić has presented his work in more than 35 solo shows in the region of former Yugoslavia and elsewhere. As illustrator and writer he collaborates with the magazine Politikin Zabavnik, and from 2002 to 2004 he made illustrations for the New York Times Book Review. Ćirić has created fourteen animated films, which have received a number of awards. He is member of the Art Directors Club of Serbia. He graduated from the Graphics Department of the Faculty of Applied Arts of the University of Arts in Belgrade.

Animated films: The Circus Departs (1982); Stop (1983); It’s Not Whether You Win or Lose (1984); Tango Ragtime (1985, Dunav Film); The Tower of Bababel (1988, Zagreb Film); Ogres and Bogies (1989, Avala film); Farty (1993); Light in A-Major (1995); Invisible and Poorly Visible Animal Species (1998, Dunav Film); Magician (1999); Wanted (2001); All Together on the Wireless Machine (2004); Metamorph (2005, Rastko Ćirić & BS Group); Fantasmagorie 2008 (2008, Rastko Ćirić & Metamorf); Fantasmagorie 2008 / Stereoscopic version.

Selected books published: Take Your Drawings for a Walk – A Small School of Animation (1986); Ogres and Bogies /text by A. Peragraš/ (1989); Common Life Anatomy (1994); Three Stories About Farty (1994); Centaur Letters (2000); Pangrams (2000), Home-Bred Metamorph Cultivating Manual (2002), Ten Lecturers by Rastko Ćirić (2003), Miscellenia (Svaštara, 2005), Collection of texts on Ex-libris (2007).

University course code: 1MU001

Year of study: 1

Semester: 1

Course principal:

Lecturer:

ECTS: 8

Learning and teaching methods:
forms: - frontal teaching - autonomous student work - seminar discussions - online work and communication - individual and small group mentor meeting - internal presentation methods: - data analysis and synthesis - work with secondary resources - verbal and written discussion - (media-rich) text development and editing - data presentation