Animated Filmmaking

Animated Filmmaking


Create an animated short film from start to finish!

This hands-on 8 week course will take you through the entire process of making a short 2D animated digital film from concept to completion. This course is ideal both for students and aspiring animators who already have project concept or those who would like to develop new ideas from scratch. The class' emphasis is on creative filmmaking and students must have a basic animation understanding and working with Adobe Animate CC and Adobe Premiere Pro. Students may also work with stop-motion or cel-style animation if preferred.

Students will receive creative input, guidance, and training from professional visual artist and animator, Jeanne Stern.

Topics covered include:

  • Concept development + pitching

  • Screenwriting

  • Story development

  • Storyboarding

  • Character Design

  • Production Management

  • Art Direction

  • Animatics

  • Sound

  • Entering Festivals
    + more

Students will also explore advanced animation techniques, tips, tricks, and real-world trouble shooting. At the end of this course students will have completed a short film from start to finish, networked with both new & established animators, & attained new skills to keep creating!

Films completed in this course are eligible to be featured at multiple ASoF student exhibitions, including our Official SXSW (South by Southwest) Film Community Showcase.

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INSTRUCTOR: Jeanne Stern is a creative professional and multi-platform artist in digital media, animation, film, video and editing currently working and living in Austin, Texas. Her past work has screened at a variety of festivals and galleries around global including: PBS, The Smithsonian, South by Southwest and Heather Henson's traveling Film Festival. She holds an MFA in Film from the University of Texas and a BA in Studio Art from Connecticut College. She has been teaching both youth and adults within digital art creation and instruction for the past 5+ years including teaching at the University of Texas (Austin).

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: People who are interested in learning how to create a 2D digital animation film from start to finish and/or those interested in learning animation production. 

PRE-REQUISITES: Intro to 2D Digital Animation or equivalent skill set. Students must be at least 16 years old to take this class.

CERTIFICATE: ASoF Digital Video Certificate Program core class.

SUPPLIES: any expenses occurred (ex. special supplies, set design) for your film are the student's responsibility. Students will have access to our iMac lab, creative software, equipment rental, studio spaces and co-working area during the duration of the course for their film needs.

This course and all ASoF courses are certified with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to provide Continue Professional Educational (CPE) credits.

CLASS IMAGE CREDIT: still from Adobe Flash animation by students Sloane & Felix Lenz in ASoF's course, circa 2015.