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Introduction to Animation

with Tom Bancroft
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Disney veteran, Tom Bancroft, simplifies the process of animating your artwork in a fun way that's easy to follow along!
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Tom Bancroft

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Tom Bancroft has more than 25 years of experience in animation and has worked on Walt Disney feature films such as The Lion King, Aladdin, Pocahontas & Mulan and also the popular VeggieTales animated series.

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Requirements

  • Some previous art experience needed
  • Animation software, such as TV Paint Software (used by course instructor), Pencil2D (Free) or something else
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Description

Have you ever dreamed of animating your artwork and seeing your characters take on a life of their own?

For many unfortunately, this dream remains just that: a dream. Starting out in the world of animation can seem very daunting and understandably so! Where does one begin!?

While animation can be complex with many different factors to take into account, don’t despair! You now have an excellent instructor with years of experience under his belt to guide you through the learning process. Disney veteran, Tom Bancroft, will simplify the essential principles in a way that is easy to grasp and apply. Once you are done with this course, you’ll have the confidence to start practicing your newfound skills right away!

Discover for yourself that “there is no better reward than seeing your artwork come alive before your very eyes” (as Tom says)! Ready to jump in? 🙂

Note: This course uses 2D Animation, however the principles also apply to CG (3D) Animation and Stop Motion (Puppet) Animation.

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What you’ll learn

  • Learn to think like a master Disney animator, by planning your animation in advance
  • Discover Tom Bancroft’s thought process for developing an action scene
  • Get to know the 12 Principles of Animation and examples of each
  • What are the various types of animation and important animation terms
  • Find out the difference between sketching and drawing
  • Master the 'BIG THREE' Animation Concepts: Timing, Spacing and Squash & Stretch
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Who is this course for

  • Artists who are starting out in animation and want to learn the basics (some drawing experience required)
  • Animators who would like to brush up on the essentials and learn the process from an industry veteran
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Lesson Plan

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00

Introduction

02:03

Welcome ‘Introduction to Animation’! Meet your instructor, Disney legend and professional animator, Tom Bancroft, and get a glimpse of what’s in store for you in this course.

01

Animation Basics

26:38

In this introductory espisode, you’ll learn the foundational animation concepts and terminology.

You will get a basic understanding of how animation works and how to think like an animator. Also, Tom teaches essential drawing principles that animators use, to get you started on the right foot.

   List of Recommended Resources included

   Extra Resource Guide included


1.1
The Basics
04:33
1.2
The Tools
03:43
1.3
Terminology
04:50
1.4
Turning Head Demo
04:48
1.5
Drawing for Animation
08:44
02

The 'BIG THREE': Timing, Spacing, and Squash & Stretch

34:26

Tom takes the ‘Big Three’, the most essential principles, from the ’12 Principles of Animation’ and breaks them down in a very simplified manner so you can start animating right away! 

These three principles are really the essence of how to effectively move your character around and make their movements believable. Watch his fun examples and demos to really get these concepts.

   Assignment included

   2 Extra Resource Images included


2.1
Introduction
05:40
2.2
Timing and Spacing
09:33
2.3
Squash & Stretch
12:57
2.4
Flour Sack Demo
06:16
03

Anticipation, Arcs, and Consecutive Breaking Of Joints

35:42

This episode builds on the three foundational  animation principles with additional concepts that are also important for smooth flow and creating interesting dynamics, eg: how body mechanics and movements work.

In the homework assignment, Tom carefully explains step-by-step how you can combine all these concepts effectively into one animation. It’s gonna be lots of fun!

   Assignment included

   Extra Resource Template included


3.1
Introduction
01:30
3.2
Anticipation
03:22
3.3
Backpack Demo
02:28
3.4
Arcs
03:06
3.5
Consecutive Breaking of Joints
03:08
3.6
Pointing Hand Demo
07:37
3.7
Drinking from a Glass Demo
14:31
04

Staging, Appeal, and Thumbnailing

21:31

In this episode, you will learn a few more principles from the ’12 Principles of Animation and get to experience Tom’s thought process first hand, as he explains how he plans out an animation.

You’ll also learn how to think like an animator, by stepping back, pondering your ideas and evaluating the mechanics of movement before putting pen to paper. 

   Assignment included

   Extra Resource Thumbnail Plan included


4.1
Introduction
02:07
4.2
Thumbnailing
04:51
4.3
Staging
01:48
4.4
Rabbit Demo
05:46
4.5
Thought Process for Thumbnailing
07:00
05

The Finishing Touches

23:00

Tom discusses some additional animation concepts in this final episode, which complement the major ones you learned previously. These concepts will help make your character’s movements smoother and more graceful.

Enjoy the last assignment, which brings together all the principles and techniques taught in this course. And remember to keep growing and learning more!

   Assignment included

   Extra Resources (Image and Guide) included


5.1
Introduction
03:50
5.2
Follow Through, Overlapping Action, and Drag
04:03
5.3
Superhero Demo
04:03
5.4
Moving Holds
02:00
5.5
Slow in/Slow out Demo
03:07
5.6
Summary and Final Assignment
01:58
5.7
Girl Turning Demo
03:07
5.8
Final Farewell
00:52

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Darlie Brewster

2 months ago

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Whether you do 2D or 3D, the kind of knowledge Tom will teach you is invaluable. This is the kind of training any animator needs to do performance. And I've been animating for 42 years
I recommend it for All levels
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Freddy Castellanos

2 months ago

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It was an awesome experience but it's best suited for beginners
I recommend it for Beginner
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Aash

2 months ago

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There are very few such courses on the basics of animation, and on top of it - by an experienced professional like him. I feel grateful to have come across this course and be able to learn some tips and tricks!
I recommend it for Intermediate
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Anna Shpylevska

2 months ago

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The whole course feels very encouraging and the theory is put simple and clear
I recommend it for Beginner
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miumiu liu

2 months ago

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I was for a long time hoping to learn some animation! This course really helped better my knowledge and my skill. I'm looking foward to more animation projects for myself.
I recommend it for Beginner
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m

3 months ago

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I feel he have us his real tips without hiding info or not keeping part of the tips for him. He is generously sharing his knowledge. Thank you!
I recommend it for All levels
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Elishia Thomas

3 months ago

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I learned a lot. I'm way more knowledgable than when I started. I truly appreciate this course
I recommend it for All levels
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Kateryna Sokolova

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Joe

3 months ago

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This course is perfect for beginners! It is so easy to follow! Mr.Bancroft is extremely clear with his instructions and makes very helpful example animation to help explain his point. The only thing bad about this course is that it ends! :)
I recommend it for All levels
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Margot

3 months ago

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Super clear and simple step-by-step course. It's very easy to follow along and the exercise has helped me grow. Also, the videos are very short, so you don't fall asleep half way, haha. Even though i'm already an intermediate animator, this course still learned me new things and it was a great
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way to refresh the basics of animation. Thank you, Tom!
I recommend it for Beginner
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About the Instructor

Tom Bancroft
Illustrator & Character Designer 2 courses

Tom Bancroft has more than 25 years of experience in the animation industry, much of which was for Walt Disney Feature animation where he was an animator on four animated shorts and eight feature films of which Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Mulan, and Brother Bear were part of the list. He has been nominated for Annie and Rueben division awards, spoken at the Kennedy Center, and awarded an entry into the Chicago Children’s Film Festival.

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