Animation 101: Needles students learn the principles

March 22, 2019

NEEDLES — In order to be a great animator, one needs to master the basics and know the 12 principles of animation.

Students at Needles High School have that opportunity by taking the 3D animation class taught by Stacy Martinez.

In order for the students to understand and retain the 12 principles of animation, they had to make a presentation and present it to a couple of members of the community.

The 12 principles of animation are squash and stretch, anticipation, staging, straight ahead action and pose to pose, follow-through and overlapping action, slow in and slow out, arc, secondary action, timing, exaggeration, solid drawing and appeal.

Those who were in attendance were Mary McNeil Needles Unified School District superintendent; Lale Cilenti, Dean of Palo Verde College Needles Center; and Jon McNeil.

Throughout the presentations, the students use different props as visual aids to show the 12 principles of animation.

One group used a backpack to demonstrate timing and exaggeration first separately then put together.

A couple of groups used a flip book to illustrate different principles of animation such as straight ahead action and pose to pose.

One of the groups decided to rap the 12 principles and then went on to explain what each one meant and how it was used.

Another group used a video game in its presentation to demonstrate a couple of principles.

“I really wanted the students to retain the knowledge of the 12 principles of animation because they are important,” said Martinez. “So by having them research, put together a slide show and presentation they can retain the information easier.”

When all of the groups had presented Mary McNeil said she was very impressed with the students’ presentations and knowledge of the subject.