The next course is now for sign ups!
What does the course include?
Frequently asked questions
What kind of animation does the course focus on?
Do I need to already know how to use Toon Boom Harmony?
Any experience you do have is useful, including in other animation software, but is not required. The course has been made for those new to Toon Boom Harmony or with basic experience, or those looking to up skill from other software.
What will I learn on this course?
The main aims of the course are to teach you how to apply the principles of animation within the software, mastering the mechanics of movements and applying your skills to full character rigs. The final project is a short acting scene, demonstrating your understanding of the software and the animation principles.
Great teaching means limited places!
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:
During week 1 we get to grips with the software, learning about what we’ll need to know as an animator. We apply the principles of animation using both the latest tools in Harmony and the old fashioned methods, and practice getting control over our keyframes before making some GIFs!
Week 2 takes you into the wonderful world of deformers using slightly more complex techniques such as overlap and follow through. We learn the fundamentals of how a character rig is put together, how to utilise the camera, build animated loops, work in 3D space and more!
In week 3 we start to apply all we have learnt so far to a functional character rig. We’re focusing on quality application of the principles here, so strong posing, performance, timing and everything inbetween! We also delve into the often overlooked art of lip sync.
Now we are introduced to full body rig to test out your action animation skills! We pose out a sequence of movement and study several different ways of moving from keys to fully inbetweened animation. We also become power users of the timeline and brush up on shortcuts.
During the last week we’ll apply everything we’ve learnt into a short scene. You can choose to work with 1 or 2 characters (rigs are provided) and we’ll develop your ablity to direct the eye, stage the acting in a ‘two shot’ and adding the final touches. We also cover showreel tips, using reference effectively and how to work in a studio environment.