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WORKSHOP 1 – Principles of Animation and Basic Locomotion « Keyframe Animation School

WORKSHOP 1 – Principles of Animation and Basic Locomotion

Course lenght: 12 weeks

Are you interested in turning your dream into a profession? Then this is the right place to make an Artist out of you!

Our top industry professionals will teach you everything you need to know to bring your characters to life with organic, credible movements. During this workshop we will provide you with a very friendly learning curve. We have Video Tutorials, Live Video Conferences, Offline feedback and a great community to assist you at all times, so that you are never alone in this journey. Learning about the Principles of Animation and Locomotion with a top artist is one of the most efficient ways to achieve your dream and it´s all in the comfort of your home.

Module 1

Principles of Animation and Basic Locomotion

What is this Workshop all about?

This Module is designed to break the technical barrier and start your journey on becoming an artist on the matter. Here is where you will master basic aspects which will provide life to your characters, such as weight, balance, arcs, lines of action and more!

The student will start with the typical ball animation, which contains an amazing amount of valuable knowledge behind it, such as rhythm, personality, external forces such as gravity and the use and understanding of the Graph Editor and its tangents, all the way through learning the basics of a natural walk (Vanilla Walk) to learn about the basic locomotion of how the hips/legs/feet work in a hierarchy to achieve the proper bio-mechanics.

How does it work?

Animation Workshop How it works

Each week, the student will receive pre-recorded video tutorials. During the week, we provide 2 live sessions where you will meet with your teacher and fellow students from all around the world and you will have live revisions/feedback from the assignments. These sessions are recorded and available for download so you can keep them and watch them at any time. You will learn from fellow classmates in addition to your own feedback from the teacher.

All other days of the week when there are no live sessions,  all students are able to send their progress to our campus to receive offline feedback.  With this said, no student is left behind until the next live session. We are always available to provide you with the necessary feedback so that your work is never stalled.

What will the student learn :

  • Understanding of Timing, Spacing and Rhythm
  • Proper use and mastering of the Graph Editor to provide intention and personality to a character
  • Animation Stages - Planning / blocking / Splining / Polish
  • Theory and Practice on Anticipation/ Squash & Stretch
  • 2D Animation as an instrument of planning for 3D
  • Theory and Practice on Drag, Overlap and Follow through
  • Anatomy of a Walk and Locomotion
  • Natural Walk (Vanilla Walk)

Fox 3 Balls 2D Exercise

Timing & Spacing 2D Drag


Do I need any previous Maya / Animation knowledge?

This Module requires very basic or no knowledge at all about Maya or Animation.  The workshop is designed for beginners, intermediate and advanced users.

Is there a Certificate at the end of the Workshop?

Yes, we offer a Certificate of Completion of the Module. There is no grading system, but it is up to the teacher to provide it based on the student's participation, and continuous improvement of skills from instruction.


  • Autodesk Maya 2016 +
  • Be 18 years old or older
  • Basic computer knowledge and basic skills in 3d animation software.
  • Good understanding of English language
  • 4GB RAM (8GB recommended)
  • 64-bit Intel or AMD multi-core processor
  • Webcam (for best communication with instructor, but not a must)
  • Headphones and/or headset-mounted microphone (for best communication with instructor, but not a must)
  • Three button mouse (required for work within Maya)
  • Broadband Internet: 5Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload

Start Date: March 17, 2020
Spots Left: 4 seats
Number of Sessions: 24 (12 weeks, 2 classes per week)

Tuesdays and Fridays @ 11am - 1pm (CST)


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