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What is the Animation Pipeline?
The Animation Pipeline is the detailed plan and process of taking an animation project from start to finish.The three pieces that make up the entire animation pipeline are pre-production, production, and post-production.

Pre-Production is everything that comes before the actual animation. There is a lot that goes into planning an animation, and all of that happens during this phase.

Story: The very first step in an animation project is coming up with an idea and a full story.

Character Design: With a general idea of the story, it’s time to come up with the characters. (The order of Character Design and Story can also be swapped or done together.) Learn more about the fundamentals of character design.

Art Direction & Design: Art Direction and Design involves all of the concepts needing to be created for specific scenes, backgrounds, props, and more. This is where the overall look and art direction of a project is determined, including the style and colors used throughout.

Storyboarding: Storyboarding can happen once there is an idea for a story. This can start during the Art Direction & Design step, but usually the final boards will come once everything has been figured out.
Animatic & Sound: Once the storyboards are done, they are put together in an animatic. Music, voice, and sound effects are added at this stage to make sure that the timing is solid.

Production is the actual animating portion, and for something like an animated short film, it can take place in Adobe Animate.

Rough Animation: All animations start with rough animation. This is where the rough shapes are put down, and the timing of character movements is planned out. Depending on how on-model the drawings are, there may need to be multiple passes at the rough animation stage.

Clean-up Animation: After rough animations, it’s time for the the clean-up stage, and what used to be known as “ink and paint” during traditional animation.
The inking is where a new layer is created and characters are drawn in clean, closed lines, and are on-model. From there, color palettes are used to keep character colors consistent as they are filled in.

Post-Production happens after all of the animating is complete. This is splicing video files together, making final tweaks, and exporting the final animation as a video file.

Compositing & Exporting: If multiple project files were created for different scenes, each will need to be exported individually. They are then loaded into a new file in the correct order, and exported as a full video.
In the end, the animation pipeline includes many different jobs and responsibilities when taking a story from start to finish.

Course duration:

Animation Pipeline is 25 Days course. The training programs are in e-learning video sessions that can be access at anywhere.


10th/+2/ Graduates/ Working professionals


Smartphone with sufficient internet connectivity.

Job opportunities:

On successfully completing the ‘Animation Pipeline with 3D Animation’ course, you will be ready to join top companies as:

  • Senior Technical Animator.
  • Senior Artist Animator
  • Technical Artist- Animation
  • Senior and Junior Animator
  • Character Animator

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Course Curriculum

Animation Pipeline
Lesson 01- The History of Animation 00:20:00
Lesson 02- Concept to Screen 00:16:00
Lesson 03- Background-Story Board & Modelling 00:13:00
Lesson 04- Modelling & Texturing 00:17:00
Lesson 05- Rigging and Face Expressions 00:18:00
Lesson 06- Staging 00:15:00
Lesson 07- Twelve Principles of Animations (Part 1) 00:17:00
Lesson 08- Twelve principles of Animations (Part 2) 00:16:00
Lesson 09- Walk Cycles & Light 00:13:00
Lesson 10- Light – Rendering and Compositing 00:18:00

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