Character Animation

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The Character Animation (CA) program focuses primarily on the theory and practice behind making a character move and come to life. Each year focuses on a progressively more complex curriculum that guides students on the path toward mastery of both 2D and 3D character animation and provides experience with other industry techniques.

First year
The Character Animation program begins with traditional exercises using pencil and paper that allow the students to explore the basics of drawing for animation before progressing to a more physics based assignments and eventually leading to more challenging acting scenes. Once the basics on paper are grasped, the students transition to digital animation and begin using programs like TVPaint™, Adobe® Toon Boom Harmony™ and After Effects®. They also participate in a wide variety of film-making related courses like layout, character design and storyboarding.

The CA students also undertake short productions at various points during the year both with the Computer Graphic Arts (CGA) students and Animation Direction students from La Poudrière. These collaborations give the students their first experience with essential production skills in communication, teamwork and project completion.

Evaluations (right click + "save target as")

Second year
During the second year, the students take their 2D animation skills into the 3D platform using Maya® and experience animating a CG character. The students also encounter other aspects of a 3D workflow such as basic modeling, rigging, lighting and rendering. They work a project in collaboration with the CGA students, the Commercial Project (link) in order to provide an in-depth understanding of working with a client on a film with a message. During this production they also further their skills for working in a CG production setting.

Near the end of the second year, students take classes in preparation for idea development for their bachelor projects. These classes may include world building, story development, cinematography, film analysis and pitch presentation.

Evaluations (right click + "save target as")

Third year
Third year students from the CA and CGA programs come together to form production teams to create their bachelor productions that culminate into their bachelor projects. The teams collaborate to plan and manage a complex project and learn the importance of adhering to deadlines. These productions allow the students to specialize in a particular area of interest as they contribute to the overall team dynamic, preparing them for the demands of the job market.

The Character Animation students also produce the animation for the mid-way and graduation film projects of the Animation Direction students at the National Film School of

Denmark giving them additional experience working with a director on a high quality film production.

Furthermore, the third year students compile their portfolios and showreels, guided by the staff and teachers, to highlight their skills as they apply for internships and target the jobs of their choice.

Fourth year
The students participate in a three-and-a-half-month internship in a production studio during their final semester in order to establish themselves in the professional work environment. The Animation Workshop staff assists with the process of finding and selecting internships. Some of the studios our students have interned at include:

A. Film, Denmark
Copenhagen Bombay, Denmark
Ghost, Denmark
IO Interactive, Denmark
Nørlum, Denmark
Sun Creature, Denmark
Illumination Mac Guff, France
Team To, France
Studio Soi, Germany
Six More Vodka, Germany
Blue Byte - Ubi Soft, Germany
Cartoon Saloon, Ireland
Qvisten, NO
Aardman, UK Cartoon Network, UK
Framestore, UK
The Mill, UK
Blink Ink, UK
Double Fine Productions, USA
Framestore, Island and UK
Aardman, UK

Upon completion of the internship, the students return to Viborg to prepare for exams and graduation. Exams are conducted by production supervisors, internal teachers and professional external examiners and include an oral examination based on their bachelor projects and written analysis.

During the month of January, prior to graduation, The Animation Workshop also arranges recruitment sessions with companies who may be hiring. Companies give briefings about their respective organizations and show their current and developing productions. They have the opportunity to meet the students and view their work. A graduation ceremony and screening of the bachelor project completes the education.

CA 1st Year Reel 2015-2016

Showreel Mid-year
Showreel Mid-year

CA End-year Showreel
CA End-year Showreel

CA 2nd Year Reel 2015-2016

Ca 2nd year showreel
Ca 2nd year showreel