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UCLA Extension Offers Two New Animation Courses

UCLA Extension is offering two new courses in animation. "Make It, Move It" is for designers and artists who want to make their art move. UCLA Extension is also offering a new online course that deconstructs 3D opening title sequences, on screens and graphic sequences.

Starting by storyboarding their animation, "Make It, Move It" students design and create a character, animal or object using mixed media and collage.

Through step-by-step tutorials with illustrator and artist James Fish, in both Adobe After Effects and Macromedia Flash, students make two of their own 15-second animations, which are assembled into a QuickTime movie complete with titles and credits.

"Make It, Move It" meets Thursdays, Jan. 11 - Mar. 29, from 7:00-10:00 pm, in Room 408, 1010 Westwood Center. Fee is $515. Enrollment is limited.

"Motion Graphics Sequence 1: Title Animation" uses MAXON's CINEMA 4D 3D tool set to break down sequences to show how models are built, surfaced, lighted and animated.

During the course, instructor Ari Danesh, owner of Lumberjack Animation, will lead students in creating an opening sequence for a graphic novel or short story.

"Motion Graphics Sequence 1: Title Animation" runs Jan. 9 - Mar. 27. Fee is $650.

Other Motion Graphics Sequences to be offered online include: "Motion Graphics Sequence II: Particle FX, XPresso, and Simple Machines;" "Motion Graphics Sequence III: After Effects for Title Sweetening, Composting, and 2D Elements;" and "Motion Graphics Sequence IV: Keying, Motion Tracking, and Special FX."

For more information, visit or call (310) 206-1422.

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