Technical Direction with ToonBoom

Course type

Short Course


5 days

Technical Direction is a five-day course led by Toon Boom’s Senior Solutions Specialist. Participants will learn to analyse the pipeline, issue recommendations, assess the impact of various methodologies on the entire production pipeline, troubleshoot scene work, and develop new scripts to optimize the production workflow with Harmony and Storyboard Pro. 

The course duration is 35 hours, broken down in 10 x 3.5 hr sessions, starting June 24  and ending July 23. Sessions wil run twice a week (Wednesday and Thursday), from 2pm – 5.30pm:

  • Wednesday 24th June at 2pm
  • Thursday 25th June at 2pm
  • Wednesday 1st July at 2pm
  • Thursday 2nd July at 2pm
  • Wednesday 8th July at 2pm
  • Thursday 9th July at 2pm
  • Wednesday 15th July at 2pm
  • Thursday 16th July at 2pm
  • Wednesday 22nd July at 2pm
  • Thursday 23rd July at 2pm

Please make sure you are able to attend all the live sessions and are available before booking a place on the course.

Course content

The format of this class is live instructor-led and is a hands-on activity.

At the end of this class, the attendee will be able to:

  • properly asses the production needs and make recommendations for an efficient pipeline
  • analyse rigs and designs to avoid production issues ahead of time
  • script new tools using the Harmony and Storyboard Pro scripting API
  • navigate the Harmony database and configure the batch processing
  • fully understand the Harmony file and database structure
  • troubleshoot issues with export, scenes, and rigs
  • integrate Harmony and Storyboard Pro in the pipeline and with third-party applications
  • create advanced master controllers using presets and scripting

This course is remote, and you will need to provide suitable equipment (computer) but software will be provided.

This training course is supported by the ScreenSkills Animation Skills Fund with contributions from UK animation productions.

Who it's for

This course is intended for technically inclined artists who already have a deep understanding of animation, compositing, and rigging in Harmony and are interested in taking the next steps to become technical directors in productions using Toon Boom technology.

To take this course, attendees should have followed all the main Harmony courses or have equivalent production experience before taking the Technical Director course. Existing technical directors with experience in 3D pipelines who wish to expand their knowledge into a 2D production are also welcome to apply

You must have a professional track record in order to qualify for this free course. You may have used other 2D or 3D animation software before, or already be a technical director in Animation or VFX.

The course is not open to students in full time education or recent graduates with no studio experience. You will need to demonstrate at least one professional animation credit on a TV series or feature film.

Course free due to ScreenSkills funding

This training addresses an industry skills shortage and is subsidised by ScreenSkills as an investment in the professional development of people working in the UK screen industries.

Contact information

Contact name

Andy Wyatt

Training provider

Technical Direction with ToonBoom

Animation Associates

Animation Associates are official ToonBoom Channel Partners in the UK and Ireland, and can offer consultation, training and sales of ToonBoom products, Harmony, Storyboard Pro and Producer. We offer support and training to studios, freelancers, educational organisations and we also organise events and produce animation.

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