Conference 5–9 August 2012
Exhibition 7–9 August 2012
Los Angeles Convention Center

Principles of Animation Physics

Los Angeles Convention Center, Room 502AB

An understanding of physics is essential for creating believable animated motion. Many basic concepts in animation (such as follow-through, drag, and weight shift) are clearer when considered in the context of basic mechanics.

This course was developed with support from the National Science Foundation by Alejandro Garcia, who was on leave at the Department of Artistic Development at DreamWorks Animation SKG, where he presented over 30 classes and special lectures on physics as it applies to animation. The course covers essential topics from physical mechanics to basic bio-mechanics that apply specifically to character animation.


2 pm
Welcome and Introduction

2:05 pm
Timing, Spacing, and Scale

2:20 pm
Law of Inertia

2:35 pm
Momentum and Forces

2:50 pm
Center of Gravity

3:05 pm
Weight Gain and Loss

3:20 pm
Action and Reaction

3:35 pm

3:45 pm
Basic Poses

4:10 pm

4:35 pm

5 pm
Concluding Remarks

5:05 pm
Q & A




Some experience in character animation.

Intended Audience

Artists working in animation, preferably character animation or character-effects animation.


Alejandro Garcia
San Jose State University