Digital Animation

What do Coco, Moana, and Kung Fu Panda have in common?  They were all produced using digital—or computer—animation.  Digital Animation is the art and craft of creating moving images with a computer, and with this curriculum in Talent Box, you’ll learn the basic tools and techniques of animating two-dimensional scenes starting with the program Stykz, exploring time-tested principles of animation along the way.  Then, you’ll graduate to more advanced animation and filmmaking techniques such as storyboarding, camera movement, tweening, timing, exaggeration, perspective, and lighting.  Maybe you’ll even find a way to put Coco, Moana, and Kung Fu Panda in one epic movie!

A student codes character and camera movement after adjusting frame rates and image perspective in Stykz.
  • Why It Matters: Digital animation production is found in every corner of the media landscape, opening up opportunities for careers in art, entertainment, and advertising.  It also provides an outlet for the development of kids’ sequencing and storytelling skills.
  • 21st Century Skills Acquired: Creativity, communication, collaboration, social skills, technical and media literacy
  • Learning Objectives: Students will identify and examine the elements of producing digital animation, including story writing, frame rates, character and camera placement, and transformation techniques, among others.
  • Recommended Technology: Stykz, OpenToonz
  • Recommended Ages: 7 and up