Introduction to Animation
The ratings seem skewed. Doug is a very good professor for 181A. He's very available, coming in every weekday (when he's only teaching a few days a week) and managing the animation workshop. He goes off in tangents, but I like them (because I'm into animation like a closet-nerd). The class difficulty is directly proportional to how ambitious you are in your final film, and your drawing ability. You have weekly assignments up to half-way through the quarter, mandatory attendance, and a 15 second silent-film final project. Everything must be hand-drawn/made without the use of computers. If you want an amazing Disney princess with flowing hair and a crumply dress in your final project, then this may be one of the hardest classes depending on your drawing ability. If you want a Spongebob-like final project, you've got a good chance, especially if you invest in some cel paints. If you want a stick figure, it's much more doable. The hardest part was coming up with a story to fit in 15 seconds. He's one of the most concerned teachers I've had here, because he wants you to do well, to finish your film, and to not fall behind especially. I'm very grateful to him. Overall, he's a good teacher for an intro to traditional animation.