3 Part Animated Story: Part 1

The Beginning:

Your first animation will be to introduce one or two characters through the use of a flip book. This short animation sets up who we will follow into Parts 2 and 3 of this project.


Begin by storyboarding the introduction of your characters. This should show us what they look like and were they are. The storyboards will then be used as Keyframes for your animation. Keyframes will mark the points between major movements in your animation, i.e. the starting and endpoints within a shot. For this flip book you should utilize a minimum of 9 keyframes.

With Storyboards and Keyframes in hand, utilize the Animation Lab and Lighting Tables, these tools will help you draw each frame of animation. To create a smooth animation you’ll need to add frames between each keyframe. The number of frames needed will depend on how much movement takes place between each keyframe. For example, dropping an object from the top of the page to the bottom will need about 6 frames. Number each frame of your animation!

Materials Required:

  • 3×5 notecards – with or without lines.
  • Artist Pencils or Mechanical Pencil for sketching
  • Rapidograph Pen for darkening pencil lines
  • Storyboard Template

Additional Resources and Inspiration:

Storyboarding: https://www.bloopanimation.com/how-to-storyboard/


Part 1 will be graded on the following for criteria:

  • Quality & Line consistency
  • Process – This will include your storyboards, and visible effort put into the animation
  • Concept – this will consider your Character‘s design/ development and Story
  • Animation – this will focus on how smooth the elements move