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Designing from story to screen
In this courses students will cover: composition, prop design, designing a focal point and building layouts around it, style exploration, layout construction, and design principles. By the end of the course students will have a strong grasp of the job of a Layout Artist/Background Designer. They will be able to use film theory to design any composition and complete the layout.
Students will learn what it means to be a background/layout artist on a production, and what is required of an artist in that role. They will learn how to adapt to different design styles and different productions (this versatility is required of artists working in the industry). They will learn how to design layouts using a storyboard as a guide as well as how to move the camera in the scene (reverse shots and tilts). In this course students will complete: thumbnails, prop designs, and 4-6 layouts.
Background and Layout for Animation WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
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Jon Hoekstra is a Matte Painter, Concept Artist, and Visual Development Artist who has worked for companies such as Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros, eclipse, and Walt Disney Imagineering. He has previously taught at Art Center College of Design, from which he received his BA in Illustration - Entertainment Arts in 2013.
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Winter TERM Registration
Oct 26, 2020 - Feb 1, 2021
[This course] really gave me an insight to what the artist industry is actually looking for and taught me many techniques I'll be able to use to further my craft
Incredibly helpful practice. Gave lots of tools, rules and tips for how to think about and approach composition. The lectures and feedback were jam packed with super valuable information. I improved a ton, had multiple "ah-ha" moments, and will continue to work with what I learned to go further.
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Receive personal individual feedback on all submitted assignments from the industries best artist.
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Certificate of Completion
Earn a Certificate of Completion when you complete and turn in 80% of course assignments.
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