University of Technology Sydney

82320 Animation Studio: Narrative Investigations

12cp; 1hpw (lectures), 5hpw (tutorials)
Requisite(s): 82220 Animation Studio: Foundations in Animation Design AND 82221 Context: Introduction to 3D and 2D Hybrid Animation
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
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This studio enables students to engage with processes that advance critical and creative thinking. It has an emphasis on critical analysis of animation as a communication medium, and an understanding of the role of design, character and performance in communicating ideas. Projects explore the conceptualisation of complex ideas and narrative drive through design and storyboarding to full animation, with a strong emphasis on experimentation. Building on the fundamental animation skills acquired in first year, students incorporate these principles directly into studio projects.

Continued emphasis is placed on the use of primary research processes grounded in first-hand experience, case studies, collection and observation as well as the use of secondary research processes. Students should be prepared to explore ideas through numerous iterations and avoid formula and cliché. The subject explores psychology and emotional drive within production design, character, performance, film language, camera, composition, narrative structure, sound and dialogue.

An important aspect of this subject is the development of collaborations with key creative partners. This supports students' professional practice and their ability to work in a team, exchange ideas, negotiate and communicate effectively with co-creators.

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