6 Month Online Stop Motion Course

The Online 6 Month Stop Motion Course mentored by Animator Chuck Duke.

"Best Stop Motion Animator in the world" High praise indeed from the stop motion legend Phil Tippett.
There really is no one better to teach Stop Motion than Chuck:

Full length interview:

Here is some time lapse photography of Chuck working on Frankenweenie:


Course can be completed entirely on your iphone!
"Luckily, I came across AnimationATeam and they were offering an online stop motion course.  Being a huge fan of the medium and knowing the possibility of getting noticed was much higher than in cg, I signed up and have never looked back.  I knew I would like it, but I fell in love with it.  I owe it all to my mentor, Chuck Duke, who really pushed me to improve.  I started the class in February 2013 and finished up in August that year. So here it is 1 year after diving into stop motion and I’m making a short film with actual celebrities.  I have also ended up on the radar of Stoopid Buddy Soodios, which is a dream come true.  Maybe I’ll be working there soon!
loved the course, and learnt a ton from Chuck! Thank you for offering something like this!  It’s really helping to improve my cg skills too, so it’s a win win all around”. Dieter Wagner

"I’m loving the hands on aspect of animating this way!"  - More progress from Dieter soon.

Animation by student Rich Farris

"The course is going really well! I'm enjoying it a lot!  I also found my first job last week,  working on a commercial I hope there will be lots more to come!". Sabrina Lecordier

Animated by student Laura Nisbet

The purity of stop-motion animation has made a strong resurgence over the past few years. This animation course offers the chance to learn the fundamentals and techniques to achieve believable movement and character performance from a Stop-Motion puppet.

Over the past 20 years Chuck has had the privilege to learn from the very best in the Stop-Motion industry. From legendary puppet animator, Phil Tippett to Directors Henry Selick, Wes Anderson and Tim Burton. Chuck has contributed to such celebrated Stop-Motion features as “James and the Giant Peach“, “Fantastic Mr Fox“, and the soon to be released, Disney’s “Frankenweenie”.

Chuck is now offering to teach his craft to budding film animators wanting to specialise in stop motion.

chuck in action trim

There's no doubting Chucks talent, see his Stop Motion animation reel......

Chuck will guide you through setting up your own armature (we will send this by post).

Included in the cost of the course is a Free Dragonframe software licence
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Equipment you will need, not supplied by us:
-2 simple desk lamps for lighting.
-A work table to animate on. This will involve drilling holes to walk the character.
Directions and ideas for an animation table can be supplied.
-A tripod.
-Digital camera, you will need a camera that is supported by Dragonframe, see a list Here, it is possible to use an inexpensive webcam.

Alternatively the course can be completed on an iPhone, iTouch or an iPad using Air Display or iDisplay apps. These are great because they work through WiFi, no cables! and the apps are very cheap, @£4.00.

Camera Advice can be given to suit a variety of budgets.

Stop Motion Course Curriculum:
According to the students own skill level and familiarization of the Stop-Motion process, the course explores the techniques applied to execute a believable performance from a Stop-Motion Puppet.

Along the way history of the industry and techniques of the masters will be discussed and the relevant stop-motion tricks that are still in use today. Physical performance of the stop-motion armature will be one of the major backbones of this course. Timing, sense of motion, observation, acting, Character and Lip sync.

Simple assignments will become more complex to build the students confidence and experimentation to help reveal each students personal style.

The structure is very similar to the online creature course, communication is daily through the student sending a movie and then receiving a crit in return via email. This means you are not tied down to any specific times. You study whenever you like, the course is designed to fit in around full-time work or college commitments.

Everbody works at a different speed and with varying time allocated to the course. The schedule is bespoke to each student and the pace of the course is determined by the frequency of submissions made by the student.

Stop Motion Course Modules:
This course will introduce students to the basic techniques and terminology of stop motion animation. Instruction will emphasize traditional character animation techniques such as character development, exaggeration, timing, acting and weight. Examples of great animation will be shown frequently, Basic film skills will be explored.

* Introduction, Set Up shooting area and Stage build. familiarization of equipment and class Objectives
*Familiarize students with equipment, Dragon Frame.
*Experiment with straight ahead animation technique as opposed to pose to pose. 
*Bouncing Ball (Shows me strengths and weaknesses of students understanding the principles of animation).
*Found Object Animation.
*Armature build and balance of the joints.
*ACTING IN ANIMATION  THE RIGHT TIMING FOR EXPRESSING AN EMOTION OR ACTION *How long does it take to move from one pose to another? We will examine the motivation for a character and how that effects the motion between the poses.
*Moving from one thought or action to another in the clearest means possible. 
*You must Act
*Armature sitting pose and ball toss.
*Armature from sitting to standing pose.
*Armature walks.

This course is one to one direct contact with Chuck and working to the students schedule. 
Costs and registration here.


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