CMST 119 History of Animation (5 Cr.)
SYLLABUS



INSTRUCTOR:
Bruce Wolcott

Instructional design
by Mike Korolenko, Ron Austin, and Bruce Wolcott
EMAIL: bwolcott@bellevuecollege.edu
OFFICE HOURS: by appointment
Emergencies only: Leave messages at the Arts and Humanities Office (R230) with Janis Juarez - (425) 564-2341


COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course will provide an overview and study of the history of animation. Our studies will take us from the early magic lantern shows of the late nineteenth century to current and emerging digital animation technologies. This will be accomplished through a series of discussions, lectures, assignments, as well as viewing and evaluating DVDs and videos.

TOPICS COVERED INCLUDE:
1. Technological innovations.
2. Animators and animation studios of significance.
3. Issues of copyright pertaining to film and media.
4. Social impact of animations.
5. Animation corporations
6. Propaganda and racism.
7. Censorship of film and animations.
8. From analog to digital - Animation technology innovations.

COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of the class students will be able to:

1. Know about the important animators in history.
2. Understand much of animation's influence on popular culture
3. Discuss the major innovations developed by Disney studios.
4. Discuss animation genres and styles.
5. Discuss the Hay's code and censorship in film and animation.
6. Describe technological innovations.

TEXTBOOK:
Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons
by Leonard Maltin
1987, published by Penguin. ISBN: 0-452-25993-2

7 Minutes: The Life and Death of the American Animated Cartoon
by Norman M. Klein
1998, published by Verson. ISBN: 1-85984-150-3

Of Mice and Magic is available at the BCC Bookstore; 7 Minutes can
be obtained as a used book on Amazon.com

CALENDAR:

Weekly Topics

Week 1: Early History
Early animation devices and influences, graphic narrative, comics, film, Gertie and Felix

Week 2: The Silent Era and Disney
Felix, the evolution of sound, and early Disney

Week 3: Disney
Mickey Mouse, Silly Symphonies, full animation, Snow White, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Disney animation technologies and marketing innovations

Week 4: Fleischer
Urban animation, Hays' code, studio system, Koko, and Betty Boop

Week 5-6: Warners and WWII
War cartoons, chase, censorship, gags , propaganda, Disney strike

Week 7: 1950s and Television
Limited and stylized animation, UPA, Disneyland, Disney Features

Week 8: Alternative Styles
New styles, Yellow Submarine, MTV influences, Bakshi, NFBC, Anime

Week 9: Stop Motion and Early Computer Animation
Stop motion, Willis O'Brien, Ray Harryhausen, George Pal, early video games, Don Bluth, special effects

Week 10: Current Trends
Digital animation, 3D Modeling, Pixar, videogame animation

Week 11-12: Lab and Final Exams
Japanese Anime overview. Week 11 will also be used to cover extra material and review content. Some class time will be provided for final projects.


ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADING (700 points):

1. Zoetrope Machine, 50 points
2. Project #1, Mock Interview, 100 points

3. Project #2, Analyze an Animation, 100 points
4. Final Project, 100 points
5. Film Journal, 50 points
6. Mid-Term Exam, 100 points
7. Final Exam, 100 points
8. Class Participation, 100 points (in-class discussions/exercises)

FINAL GRADING PERCENTAGE SCALE:
100%-92%=A
90-91=A-
88-89=B+
83-87=B
80-82=B-
78-79=C+
73-77=C
70-72=C-
65-69=D
0-64=F

1. COURSE POLICIES:

You are expected to participate in class. Your participation grade will be based on class attendance as well as your participation within class discussions, small and large groups, and assigned postings to the bulletin board. Attendance at all scheduled class meetings is mandatory. This requirement is particularly meant to apply to courses that are designated for classroom delivery, although distance education courses may also have certain attendance requirements. This requirement is intended a) to prevent instructors from having to adjudicate individual excuses, and b) to recognize that excuses are ultimately irrelevant both here at BCC and in the workplace.
A roll call will be taken at the beginning of each class. If you aren't present when your name is called, you will be marked absent for that day. More than three unexcused absences during the quarter will result in your final grade being marked down one letter grade. Example: a B- would be marked down to a C-. If you are absent for a class or need to leave early, you need to let me know the reason for your absence either verbally or by WebCT email before the class begins, or it will be counted as an unexcused absence.

2. GRACE PERIOD for PROJECTS:

A grace period of two days is given for each assignment except the final project. No assignment will be accepted after the two day grace period has expired.

3. CHEATING and PLAGIARISM:
If you are found to have cheated or copied for any assignment or exam you will forfeit your grade for this course and will receive a failing grade. Cheating includes copying other people's work, with or without their permission, and using content from a Web site, book, or other source without quoting that content or citing sources.

4. SYLLABUS CHANGES:
Contents of this syllabus may be changed at anytime during the quarter at the instructor's discretion.
5. ONLINE AND CLASSROOM ETIQUETTE:
Just as in any public environment, disruptions and impoliteness are not tolerated, neither will they be tolerated within the confines of our online "classroom." Students are to show respect towards each other and their instructor, which includes respect and tolerance for each others ideas. Any sort of disrespect will, at the very least, impact negatively on your class participation grade.

6. STUDENT SERVICES:
The project work submitted this quarter will make use of your presentation, and writing skills to assess your understanding of the class content. If you need help with your writing skills, please make use of the Writing Lab in D-221 (425-641-2493). If you have (or think you might have) a disability that will have an impact on your learning, please take the time to register with Disabled Student Services B233 (425-641-2498) within the first week of the quarter. In that way, you can properly notify your instructor of your disability and meet to discuss its implications on your class work or attendance.

7. MEETINGS WITH THE INSTRUCTOR
By appointment only.