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Subject Guide for Students in the Animation Program.

This Animation Subject Guide will help you connect to many resources involving with and relating to animation. Animation and illustration enable us to tell stories and communicate visually. Learn the skills you need to draw with proficiency, use color like a pro, develop your characters, storyboard your plan, and bring your creations to life.

Quick Links

Streaming Media on the Web

Internet Archive: Animation and Cartoons
National Film Board of Canada
UbuWeb Film & Video Animation
Vimeo Animation
Watch gaming videos on YouTube.

What is Animation?

Animation is a method in which pictures are manipulated to appear as moving images. In traditional animation, images are drawn or painted by hand on transparent celluloid sheets to be photographed and exhibited on film. Today, most animations are made with computer-generated imagery (CGI). Computer animation can be very detailed 3D animation, while 2D computer animation can be used for stylistic reasons, low bandwidth or faster real-time renderings. Other common animation methods apply a stop motion technique to two and three-dimensional objects like paper cutouts, puppets or clay figures.

Animation Online Resources

The internet can be a wild place, but there are lots of freely-available gems that are useful to Animation research. Here are some hand-selected, librarian-approved websites.

LOC Call Numbers

To help locate books in a particular subject, the following LOC sections in the Library are as follows: 

  N Visual Arts

NC Drawing. Design. Illustration 

ND Painting 

NE Print Media

NK Decorative Arts

PN Motion Pictures

TR Animated Motion Pictures. Editing of Motion Pictures. 

Books on Animation

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