Character Animation Bootcamp
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.
- Familiarize Yourself with the Course
- Practice with Rigged Characters
- Workflow Tips and Tricks
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.
- Create Appealing Poses
- Keying a Jump
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.
- Finishing a Jump
- Key Poses for a Walk
- Giving Movement Weight
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.
- Finishing a Walk Cycle
- Weight Transfers
- Key Poses for Animating a Throw
- Finishing a Ball Throw
- Identifying Key Poses for Actions
You’ll begin animating an entire scene (provided by us) letting you focus solely on the posing, timing, and acting in your first-ever full scene animation.
- Breaking Down a Scene
- Creating a Character Performance
- Putting Actions Together
We’ve devised a movie trailer complete with music, VO, character rigs, and extra artwork giving you everything you need to create a killer piece of character animation for your portfolio.
- Adding Final Polish to a Scene
- Putting it All Together
- Extended Critique Period
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 has 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.
School of Motion Character Animation Bootcamp
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