Straight Ahead Animation



Straight ahead animation is the process of starting at the beginning of a scene, and working your way through to the end of the scene. Usually one animator would work in this method from the start to the end of the scene. Straight ahead animation offers style and spontaneity to the animation, as opposed to Pose to Pose which is methodically planned out.

Lesson Time

4 Hours

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • Post-Secondary
  • Adult

Standards and Objectives


California's 2008 CTE Standards (2)
California Academic Content Standards (1)

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  • Students will learn what it means to shoot animation straight ahead as opposed to pose to pose animating. Through the lens of Bruce Bickford we will see the spontaneous magic of straight ahead animation, and through the creation of individual animations, students will have the opportunity to create their own straight ahead stop motion animation.

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