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Animation: Character Design

Instructor: Phil Young

arielHere’s a chance to take the first step in becoming the next writer of a hit film for Disney, Dreamworks or Pixar!

Have you ever wished you had writing skills that enabled you to entertain or inform an audience? When you see a good film or read a good book, the idea of telling a story may seem deceptively simple, but taking the step of creating a story of your own quickly becomes too difficult, and you give up!



Now, with the help of Phil Young, a former Disney Animator with a long history in film as well as story communication, you’ll learn how to structure your ideas in a logical and clear-cut method.  You’ll quickly learn to put your ideas across to an audience using storyboard panels, holding their interest in any story setting you may choose, all the way to an effective conclusion.

Whether you aspire to write professionally, or just want to have a glimpse of how the “Pros” do it, this will be a great starting point!

Suggested local art stores are included on the list, as well as a range of prices.
For each class meeting, you will need to bring a sketch pad, minimum 8”x10”, and pencils or pens to make notes and do in-class sketches. These will be required from the first class onward. The 24 sheet Strathmore Drawing pad is $6.29 at Central Art Supply and $6.99 at Michael’s, both stores in Medford.
In addition, you will need to bring the following materials for the Maquette Assignment from Class 4, onward. The instructor will also go through this list at the third class session and explain the items to be used in the Maquette Assignment (starting 4th class meeting). YOU DO NOT NEED TO BRING THESE TO THE FIRST CLASS.
1- Box of Super Sculpey, (beige color polymer clay) Sculpey is a brand name.  It comes in a 1 lb. package, which will be sufficient for this assignment. Cost range is $14.74 at Central Art Supply and $14.99 at Michael’s, both stores in Medford.
1- Roll of 1/8 inch aluminum armature wire. (Don’t buy steel wire!  Difficult to work with). A standard 20 ft. roll is sufficient for the assignment. Cost range is $8.49 at Central Art Supply.   
1- Roll 1/16 inch aluminum armature wire. This product comes in a 32 ft. roll package, sufficient for the assignment.  Cost range is $5.99 at Central Art Supply.
1- Box of standard aluminum foil, store brand.  Cost is $2.79 at Fred Meyers.
1- Wooden base for mounting sculpture, minimum 1 inch thick.  Approximately 4inch x4 inch will be fine.  (These are available at Michael’s, or you can purchase the wood at Home Depot, Lowe’s, etc. and cut to size). Cost is $1 - $3 at Michael’s.
1- Large cardboard carton for transporting materials to class and back. (Continued next page)   
1- Needle-nose pliers for close work bending wire.  Cost range is $3.98 - $8.98 at Lowe’s.                                               
Small metal or plastic sculpting tools for working surface of piece. These come individually, or in a packaged sets. Cost range is $3.50-$6.00 at Central Art Supply, $3.99-11.99 at Michael’s Acrylic paint for decorating piece. Can be a flat-finish grey, or a color scheme if you choose. A good choice is tube acrylic by Artist’s Loft brand, neutral grey @ $3.99, or a set of Liquitex in six colors @ $15.99, both at Michael’s, or single tubes of Daler-Rowney brand @ $3.49 at Central Art Supply. Assuming you have aluminum foil, pliers, wood for the base, and choose only grey for the base, the remaining items total a range of $30 to $40.

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