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AMC339 - Documentary Animation

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125


Unit chair:

Dirk De Bruyn


One level 1 unit plus one level 2 unit from AMC or ACM coded units



Incompatible with:

ACM239, AMC200

Contact hours:

1 x 3 hour Seminar per week


Students produce a short individual and group animation based on pre-developed scripts and storyboards, grounded in actual contemporary and/or historic events. This project-based unit enlists personal, present-day or archival sound recordings incorporating the spoken word and expressing aspects of the identified historic or contemporary episode to be 're-animated'. Students utilise and enhance skills in archival research, character development and lip-sync in the emerging genre of documentary animation. The unit examines how animation is currently used to support and enhance traditional documentary forms of storytelling, and to communicate events for which there is no visible trace or record, tackling the contemporary dilemma of the 'truth' of the digital image. Students build on image documenting practices in response to the proliferation of 2D and 3D image manipulation and recording strategies now resident in digital media, to develop their own storytelling style and approaches, using a diverse range of animation techniques, with a special emphasis on recording, communicating or articulating real phenomena. Students will have access to digital SLR cameras to capture data in the field, taking animation out of the studio and into the street, recording real incidents and situations through time-lapse, pixilation and other surveillance strategies.


Presentation of class exercises: group and individual storyboard presentation, equivalent 1200 words, 30%

Research essay, equivalent 1000 words, 25%

Project (group), equivalent 600 words, 15%

Project (individual), equivalent 1200 words, 30%

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