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Puppet Animation with Adobe Animate

Starts March 13

2 sessions: Saturday-Sunday, March 13-14, 9am-12pm

In this workshop, award-winning animation filmmaker John Akre shows you how to create a 2D puppet and animate it in a scene. Students will learn the basics of Animate, how to use it to create frame by frame animation, and how to create and rig a puppet, make it move, and even make it talk. Students need access to a computer with Adobe Animate CC installed. The workshop is open to all levels.

Session One

  • Introductions
  • Animation basics, techniques, and history presentation
  • Introduction to Adobe Animate
  • Frame by frame animation with Animate
  • Animate drawing tools, timeline and layers
  • Scenes and symbols
  • Puppet construction
  • Puppet rigging and parenting
  • Create animation with the puppet

Session Two

  • Easing and animation tweaking
  • Import an audio source
  • Mouth shape library creation
  • Synchronize mouth shapes with audio source
  • Create background elements
  • Combine background with character
  • Export
  • Review, screening, and wrap up

NOTE: Participation in this online course requires that you use the free Zoom cloud-based video conferencing service. For optimal performance it is recommended that you install Zoom on your computer rather than running it from a web browser. We’ll e-mail you a course reminder and Zoom link a few days prior to the first session. Click here for a Zoom tutorial.

Tuition: $105 / $80 low-income

John Akre practices, studies, and lives animation. He is working on his third animated feature and has made over 70 animated shorts using a wide variety of animation techniques. His films have won several awards and have shown around the world in venues that include the Louvre Museum in Paris. He co-owns with filmmaker Beth Peloff Green Jeans Media, a Minneapolis-based video production and animation company that uses documentary storytelling to showcase the work of nonprofits. Since 2015, John and Beth have co-taught film classes to persons undergoing rehabilitation for a variety of complex medical conditions at the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Golden Valley, MN. John features his work on his website www.sloppyfilms.net.

View a sample of John’s work!

Class Registration Guidelines & Cancellation Policy

  • Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must include payment in full. Registrations are accepted after registration deadlines if space is available.
  • If minimum enrollment has not been reached by 7 days prior to the start date of a class, FilmNorth may cancel it, in which case registrants will immediately be notified and receive a full refund within 2 business days. A check will be issued for registrations that were paid in cash. In lieu of a refund, students have the option of applying their tuition to another class scheduled in the same calendar year.
  • For those wishing to cancel a registration prior to the class registration deadline, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. For registration cancellations received after the registration deadline but prior to the first class session, 50% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. As of 5:00 pm the day prior to a class start date, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given (Friday at 5:00 pm for Sunday classes). 
  • Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.




March 13 @ 9:00 am
March 14 @ 12:00 pm
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2 sessions: Saturday-Sunday, March 13-14, 9am-12pm