Animating Action: Performance Animation in 2D | CG Master Academy

Animating Action: Performance Animation in 2D

A 4-week workshop focused on creating compelling performances in 2D animation in Toon Boom Harmony

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Course Overview

Expand Your Animation Toolbox

In this workshop, brought to you by Klaus animator Giovanni Braggio, every student will choose a character and audio of roughly 10 seconds to build an acting performance starting from their preliminary thoughts and first ideas to a final tie-down. The first week will be about finding the right idea and communicate it efficiently to your director, the second one will be focused on the rough animation, the third one on the tie-down, and the last one will be about polishing your shot adding details and lipsynch.
Students will learn how to handle a 2d acting shot with dialogue, discuss the importance of body and face acting, and how to find an appealing and clear way to communicate the character's emotions. You'll explore different takes on the same shot without wasting too much time and energy and learn to keep the drawings consistent and solid, to handle the movement from the main volumes to the tiny details, and how to chart our animation for better communication with the other departments.


Course Format:   Standard
Lecture Type:   Pre-recorded
Feedback:   Individual recordings
Duration:   4 weeks
Assignment:   Once a week
Q&A:   Live
Materials:   Toon Boom Harmony
Skills level:   Intermediate
Prerequisites:   Intermediate knowledge of 2d animation and drawing skills

Animating Action: Performance Animation in 2D WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

What you'll learn

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Introduction | how to approach an acting shot / preliminary thoughts | audio analysis | getting the right idea for the performance | thumbnailing, acting it out, recording video | very rough intention pass
Handling a character with a style different than your | working on the main volumes' movement | where to put your attention, how detailed your drawings should be | keys, breakdowns, inbetweens, how far you should push it
How to keep your drawings consistent and appealing | find the most important drawing of your shot and make it perfect | tie down your keys and breakdowns | inbetweens, charts and partials: comunication with the cleanup dept. | shift and trace, inbetweening your peg holes | how to keep your volume consistent
L ipsynch | follow through | spice it up with details | final checks

Bringing out the best in talent

Born in Reggio Calabria in 1983, 2D and 3D animator, he worked for several international studios such as Sergio Pablos Animation, Cartoon Network, The Line, Passion Pictures, Red Knuckles and Nørlum in the field both of cinema (Klaus, Tout en Haut du Monde, Giallo a Milano) and television (The Amazing World of Gumball). Together with these big projects he also freelanced many years for short movies and commercials and developed a few personal works (Animation tutorial part.1 AKA the secret of animation, Cthupid) He has a degree in Graphics and Multimedia with specialization in 2D animation, 3D animation and comic books. During his whole career he lived in UK, Denmark, Portugal and Spain, at the moment he lives in Rome where he keeps working as a freelancer


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Feb 8, 2021 - Apr 26, 2021




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Employer Reimbursement

Animation Guild CSATTF

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Companies that hire our students

  • Naughty Dog
  • Luma Pictures
  • Google
  • EA Games
  • DreamWorks Animation
  • Blizzard Entertainment

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Receive personal individual feedback on all submitted assignments from the industries best artist.

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Enjoy over 365 days of full course access. This includes all lectures, feedback, and Live Q&A recordings.

Certificate of Completion

Earn a Certificate of Completion when you complete and turn in 80% of course assignments.

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