Animation is at the crossroads of the visual arts, music, dance and literature. It is an artistic, creative activity in the first place, but it is also a pedagogical tool for teaching and learning. This book guides you through the different production steps of animated film making, from the creative impulse to the final editing of picture and sound. Learn the specific language of animation—its grammar and vocabulary; create your own characters—make them act to express a range of feelings. Over 20 different animation techniques are proposed. For each technique you will find the list of the necessary material, practical hints, and the tricks-of-the-trade. Whether you work with traditional film cameras or with computer software, this book is a practical guide for students and teachers.