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What does the course include?

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What will I study over the 5 weeks?

You might be wondering what we’ll cover over the period of the course! Here’s a full curriculum break down below:

In week 1 we get to grips with our new rig, along with how to operate its Master Controllers and other functions. We’ll talk about economical storytelling and the power of the pose, as well as some handy tips on improving your arcs and other useful technical tips.

Week 2 moves onto applying our new skills into a walk cycle. This is not just any walk cycle though! We aim for a higher level of performance and accuracy, with top foot tracking tips, offsetting magic and the all-important templating skills for good measure. We also touch on masking and scaling characters correctly within a scene, just how they’d want you to do it in an animation studio!

In week 3 we take a deep dive into the world of lip sync. As with all things on this course, the aim is to advance past the basics and look at brilliant performance with clear, entertaining communication. We are introduced to a new rig and talk about the theory behind good lip sync posing, how to tackle ‘quick’ dialogue, utilising eye direction, auto lip syncing, adding mouth shapes, mouth charts and custom drawn frames for when you need to break out of a rig structure.

Week 4 and 5 combine into one mega project, where we apply all we’ve learnt and produce a showreel-style piece, with a few new concepts to push your understanding. In this week, we focus on scene set up and how we import elements, set up our workspace and get ready for animating. We learn how to pose with props, check our ideas and generally get our little story ready for the next phase.

The final week and the chance to really polish your performance! Whilst you’re animating away, you’ll be able to watch some videos on technical concepts around background, mid-ground and foreground arrangement, quickly animating shadows and building custom elements to help get your scene over the line.  We also cover how to create simple special effects to make your animation shine, and everything you’ll need to export your masterpiece. Finally, there is a short section on going beyond this course, to help with your continued improvement as a character animator.

Frequently asked questions

What kind of animation style do we learn?

Toon Boom Harmony is a 2D animation package and so this course focuses on the popular 2D cut-out style. This is simply because it is the most popular and sought after skill to gain employment in an animation studio right now. This course does not teach the process of pure hand-drawn animation, but many of the principles are transferable.

How much free time do I need to take part?

The course has been designed to be studied part-time. As a guide, you’ll need to commit a minimum of 4 hours a week. It takes place completely online and lasts 5 weeks. There are no specific classes to attend, so it fits around your current life! All one-to-one tutorials are booked each week and automatically sync with my calendar, so you can pick a time that suits you.

Do I need to already know how to use Toon Boom Harmony?

This course has been made for those with some basic experience in Toon Boom Harmony as we spend less time in this course teaching what buttons to push and more practising for fantastic character performance. It is a perfect follow-on course to our Animation in Toon Boom Harmony course. If you are relatively new to the software, the basic level you’ll need is how to animate with a simple rig (setting keyframes, posing the character, utilising deformers, and so on). Please get in touch if you’d like my opinion on what course is best for your level.

What will I learn on this course?

The main aim over the 5 weeks is to really enhance your character animation skills within Toon Boom Harmony. You’ll work with professional-grade rigs to build work that could potentially go on a showreel, aswell as sharpen your animation production knowledge (and how to be a great studio animator!) in the process. This course is more hands-off technically and instead heavily focused on your own practical projects with my professional feedback, like that you might receive in a studio.

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