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Character Animation Bootcamp

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If you’ve ever tried to animate a character in After Effects, you know how difficult it can be. In this course, you'll learn key character animation techniques in After Effects. From simple movements to complex scenes, you'll be confident in your character animation skills by the end of this course.

Classes Start

Jul 11, 2022

1:00 pm

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June 6, 2022
HIGHLIGHTED FEATURES
Exercises & Project Files for Every Lesson
In-Depth Feedback from Professional Designers
Verified Credential Upon Course Completion

Student Testimonial

"Character Animation Bootcamp gave me the skills to take on a 3-month character animation job upon completion. It's a really great course that has paid for itself many times over!" - Sam Bevington, Winter 2017

Course Instructor

Morgan Williams

Morgan has been a professional animator and animation director for over 20 years. He has created work for numerous clients including Sony Pictures, the BBC, Comedy Central, and WGBH Boston and have been the recipient of several awards including a local ADDY®, a Telly, and a Best in Show award at Minnesota Siggraph. His short film work has been screened at festivals around the world including the Philadelphia International Film Festival and the Annecy International Animation Festival. Morgan is a Certified Duik Instructor and a full time faculty member at Ringling College of Art and Design teaching and developing curriculum in the Department of Motion Design.

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Course Overview

WEEK NUMBER

Meet your classmates, get comfy with the course format, and dive right in with a lesson on using rigged characters and an Evaluation exercise designed to let us see where you are starting from.

What you’ll Learn
  • Familiarize Yourself with the Course
  • Practice with Rigged Characters
  • Workflow Tips and Tricks
week start

July 11

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assignments

1 Project

run time

6 Hrs

We'll kick things off with one of the most important aspects of character animation, posing. You'll learn how to pose your characters for maximum appeal and readability. Next, you'll start locking down the basic key frames of a jump.

What you’ll Learn
  • Create Appealing Poses
  • Keying a Jump
week start

July 18

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assignments

2 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

This week you'll start out finishing up that jump and giving it the in-between polish that it needs. You'll then move on to the all important walk-cycle, mastering the basics of keying a walk.

What you’ll Learn
  • Finishing a Jump
  • Key Poses for a Walk
  • Giving Movement Weight
week start

July 25

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assignments

3 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

It's time to give that walk cycle it's final finesse and really make your character look like it's going places. You can even speed things up and take your character for a run. After that you'll learn the basics of a throw which relies on your ability to move a character's weight convincingly.

What you’ll Learn
  • Finishing a Walk Cycle
  • Weight Transfers
  • Key Poses for Animating a Throw
week start

Aug 1

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assignments

2 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

We're giving you a bit of a break this week. First, you'll spend some time finishing up your ball throw assignment. Then, you'll have the rest of the week to focus on any exercises that you may have fallen behind on. We'll have a bit of useful bonus content for you to review as well.

What you’ll Learn
  • Finishing a Ball Throw
  • Identifying Key Poses for Actions
  • Different Keyframe types
week start

Aug 8

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assignments

0 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

It's time to put all of your new knowledge to good use! It's up to you to animate a full :30 spot over the next few weeks to show off your MoGraph skills.

What you’ll Learn
  • Breaking Down a Scene
  • Creating a Character Performance
  • Putting Actions Together
week start

Aug 15

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assignments

2 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

The final 2 weeks of class are Extended Critique. You can use this time to catch up, complete your final project, then turn it in for critique.

What you’ll Learn
  • Adding Final Polish to a Scene
  • Putting it All Together
week start

Aug 22

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assignments

1 Project

run time

6 Hrs

The final 2 weeks of class are Extended Critique. You can use this time to catch up, complete your final project, then turn it in for critique.

What you’ll Learn
  • Extended Critique Period
week start

Aug 29

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assignments

0 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

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FAQs

How do I know if this course is right for me?

Character Animation Bootcamp is for people who have a good understanding of the principles of Animation, and preferably have taken Animation Bootcamp. If you've been looking to add character animation to your skillset, Character Animation Bootcamp will teach you how to animate everything from walks, to throws, and facial expressions. By the end of the course you'll be ready to animate an entire project with a character from start to finish.

What are the prerequisites?

You need to be comfortable in After Effects to take this course. We recommend taking Animation Bootcamp first, as many of the lessons in that course will help you immensely when you move into the realm of characters. Animation Bootcamp isn’t required, just recommended.

What is the required software?

Adobe After Effects CC 2014.2 (13.2 or Higher)

What is the course format?

Character Animation Bootcamp is an 12-week course. Lessons become available at a specific time each week but you can watch them and do your work whenever it is convenient for you. The lessons include pre-recorded videos, podcasts, PDFs and assignments with working files.

All student work is critiqued by our highly trained Teaching Assistants. School of Motion TA's are professional Animators with real life experience in the industry.

During the course you will be invited to a private classroom that contains all of the  students and Teaching Assistants in your session. This is a great tool for connecting, asking or answering questions, sharing thoughts or insights, and winning cool contests!

How much time do I need to commit?

Character Animation Bootcamp is a 12-week course. You'll have the flexibility to watch the course content and complete your course work on your schedule. However, you can expect to commit at least 15 - 20 hours per week on course material. The video lesson are 1-2 hours in length. There are 13 assignments total. Assignments are typically assigned on Mondays and Thursdays with soft deadlines the next day. We have designated catch-up weeks built into the schedule so students have extra time to complete their assignments if needed. There is also an extended critique add-on for those that want more time with a Teaching Assistant after the 12-week course or need more time to complete assignments towards earning a credential.

Do I get a certificate at the end of the course?

Yes, if you complete, submit, and have 70% of your course assignments approved by your Teaching Assistant you will be eligible for a Course Credential through Credly. With your Credly Course Credential, you can share your accomplishments across your social networks, the blockchain, or to print out yourself.

Can I access my course content after the course ends?

Yes! Once you complete Character Animation Bootcamp, you’ll have lifetime access to all the course lessons and materials, so you can revisit them whenever you like. Also, if we make any changes to Character Animation Bootcamp following your session, you’ll automatically receive access to the latest version.

Please note: Video critiques change each session, so you’ll only have access to the video critiques during the session you're enrolled in. The written critiques you receive in your homework locker as well as the classroom content will also remain available to you forever!