There are not many animation schools that teach puppet animation. But one school does stand out above the rest. DeAnza College located in Northern California. I recently spoke to Marin McNimara about his classes and discovered that his students learn many of the different forms of animation done by hand. These include cel animation, clay animation, and puppet animation. Some of his past students have created animation that you can watch on the Internet. The most popular one is the short created by Jules Jammal and Mike Bates called Skullwell Predicts.
Director of De Anza's animation program, Martin McNamara has produced and/or directed dozens of animated television commercials, title sequences and educational films…
The Three Month Animation Course is specifically designed to enhance and develop the professional potential of professional or graduate animators’. Based on an understanding of production, design and direction the course focuses on core craft skills and techniques associated with character animation. Students work intensively in either 2D (drawn) or 3D (model/puppet) animation techniques according to their past experience. Students study performance, timing, staging, character development, sound, life drawing and movement as a means of perfecting their skills as animators. The course runs for eleven weeks and is intensively taught throughout with students attending a timetabled series of workshops, seminars and professional master classes as part…
Cal arts is a school that has an experimental animation department. Here is what I currently know from an actual student from this school.:
What they have:
"A stop-motion workspace (The Butler Building) that includes 3 shooting studios for stop-motion, each stocked with a nice grip cart, and a rehearsal cage with a lunchbox for doing tests.
A motion control rig! donated by image G along with a 35mm camera, but has also been used with 16mm, digital still cameras, and even Imax for Mark Osborne's film "More".
An excellent stop-motion faculty of super nice and talented folk that includes:
Mike Johnson, directed 'Devil went down to Georgia" as well as animator on nightmare, James and Giant Peach, Monkeybone. Mike is a new edition and has…
At Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester New York we have a sequence of 3 Stop Motion related classes.
The first is a Miniature Construction class. It's for stop motion sets as well as live action effects. We build a set that can be used in a stop motion project later on in the year.
The second class is called Single Frame Motion. This one is a lot of fooling around with the video lunch box to get students experience moving cut-outs, puppets, objects, the camera & pixilation.
The third class called Stop Motion. In this class we produce a stop motion film as a group project. We are considering adding a puppet building class, may be next year.
We have a small dedicated Stop Motion Studio. It's about the size of the MTV studios. It is all…