Workshop With ArnoPosted in Production by andy
Yo yo yo! Wuz up in da hood, dawgz! We been kajizzling some story/animation dope, yo. Our bro Arno been schoolin’ us some badass ropes ’bout da preproduction and da storyboardin’ and da… t.i.m.i.n.g’! Weez gonna lay down some awesome animation beatz, homies.
Dis da program, yo:
day 1 – basics of visual storytelling
Elements of the story, basic structure, the three acts
Showing versus telling
Story hook(s) and story beats
Exercises: take your favorite story and analyze it in the terms presented today. write a short 3 act story.
day 2 – storyboarding, workbook and animatic
Building the animatic
Temporary (or final) sound
Emotional intensity charts
Exercises: reverse storyboard a short movie (watch the movie and storyboard it back), storyboard a scene of the story you wrote on the first day.
day 3 – scene planning, camera and layout
Visual elements (lines, shapes, contrast, texture, patterns)
Framing, movement and meaning
Use and misuse of balance
Planning for Color and Lighting
The ten zones of exposure
Elements of Spatial and Temporal Continuity
Scene planning and layout checklist
Shot list and naming conventions
Exercises: take turns being the director and the storyboard artist using the story you wrote on day one.
Classical techniques for modern animators
The 12 basic principles of animation
Weight and moving weight
Flexibility and fluid joint movement
Walk and run cycles
Exercises: watch cartoons and draw the key extreme poses and analyze the staging
day 5 – animation in action, acting for animators
Types of characters / Types of people
Classic (Cartoon) comedy character types
The Characters in the story
Character profiles worksheets
Exercises: take a shot from Peach and act it out and transcribe the timing using the tools covered during the session.