animation workshops

JUL 22 Metamorphosis assignment
Metamorphosis as language of animation and from the origins of animation. First animator, Emile Cohl using metamorphosis.

Bruce Bickford:

some of Bruce’s metemorphosis in Clay:

more recently: Andreas Hykade:

Ryan Larkin:

Also used in animation for transitions between scenes. (cf Hunger, Peter Foldes)

Eunice Macaulay John Weldon special delivery;


Understand transformation through metamorphoses
Understand straight ahead
Understand timing and spacing


Draw a simple image /your object or another one. Duplicate the drawing and give it to your next right neighbor and get a drawing from your left hand neighbour. In exchange you’ll get one from your left neighbor. Starting from your own drawing create an animation that morphs into your left hand neighbor drawing. Try to reach 3 seconds of animation.

  • use black thick lines
  • use index cards
  • remember to numerote your drawings
  • use registration. (small crosses top right down left)
  • images should be HD720X1280
  • scan and test your animation

final shooting

Choose an area of transformation (the ground changing color) and shoot the animation

let’s make some marks so we can have a long loop of animation with moving background.



Spend one hour finding collection of objects that look similar in shape and size in and around Les Recollets.

For example: a collection of peebles, a collection of leaves, a collection of forks…..

it can be organic or manufactures. Dead or alive!

A collection can be from 3 to 12 objects or more and it should be several collections of objects. The more the better.

Back to our work location, make 3 teams and create an animation of found objects that plays with scale, movement, textures, rhythm ….

Think about composition, organization.

If weather permit, shoot outside in surprising locations.

about 30 seconds. To be delivered on Monday.


Lecture: The principles of animation.  (links dont work on my computer)

  1. Straight ahead/ pose to pose
  2. Spacing/timing
  3. Slow in and out
  4. Squash and stretch
  5. Anticipation, action, reaction.
  6. Exaggeration
  7. Follow through & Overlapping
  8. Arcs
  9. Secondary action
  10. appeal

Clay animation exercises:
First exercise: crossing the screen
Have a ball of clay cross your screen left from right:

  • Normal speed: understand spacing
  • then faster: use different spacing with slow in and slow out. How does it stop?
  • a blob with personality cross the screen: use creative ways using the clay property: use Squash and stretch.
  • Try using replacement

Second exercise: Transformation:
One simple shape into another. (possibility to use reverse frames)

Delivery: Post your animations on the blog. The transformation exercise should include the 3 groups together  and be linked through the ball as starting point for each film.