ANIMATION

Three main things will be considered when evaluating a student’s design work:

 

Effort - visible in the work and/or demonstrated in class; spend quality time on your work!

Creativity - how original your work is

Following Directions - did you explore the assignment as given?

SUPPLY LIST FOR ANIMATION

 

 

• Drawing Sketch Pad

• 1 Subject Notebook

• 2-inch 3-ring binder

• 8GB Flash Drive

• Drawing Pencils

• Eraser

• Pencil Sharpener

• Fine Tip Sharpie

Class Syllabus|Rules

4th 6 Weeks

Technology Use

 

Students should have all devices on silent mode and put away when I am teaching. If you are doing independent work you may listen to music with one ear-bud in your ear.

 

GRADING POLICY

 

Student grades for this course will be calculated according to the following percentages:

  • 50% Major projects
  • 50% Small Projects / Practice Assignments
  • On time maximum credit: 100%
  • Late work maximum credit: 70% (10 points off per day late)

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

 

As a result of taking this class, you should be able to:

Utilize the tools of design, presentation, and animation.

Practice the creative and technical process of animation.

Develop systems of creative thinking that will aid in solving visual problems.

Explore how how ideas are generated in animation and how problems are resolved.

Understand and define successful animation.

Build an animation gradually using sketches and mockups.

Create model sheets.

Write storyboards

 

In addition to the comprehensive objectives, you should be able to:

Use Adobe Illustrator to create character drawings and an illustrated story.

Use Adobe Flash to create various types of animations.

Integrate the use of Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Flash together to create various types of animations.

Use Adobe Edge Animate to create interactive animations.

Use AutoDesk Maya and Mudbox to create and animate 3D characters.

 

How Do I Make Up Missing or Incomplete Work?

You are expected to keep up with lessons and projects in class. Keep track of course assignments and due dates at this website. Late or incomplete work can be turned in during the same six weeks for a reduced score of 10 points per day. If the work is late due to an excused absence, you will have one extra school day per day of excused absence to complete it without a reduction in grade.

Please let me know as soon as you have submitted a late assignment. Otherwise I will not know to look for it.

 

Open Lab - the lab is open at 8:00 am every morning for students to come in and work.

 

Design Room Rules

Refer to the Student Handbook for school-wide rules. We have design room rules too:

1. Don’t prevent me from teaching.

2. Don’t prevent others from learning.

3. Be safe.

4. Keep things clean.

 

What Do those 4 Rules Really Mean Day-to-Day?

Here are some examples to show you what I mean. These are examples. Use your common sense when interpreting these rules.

Don’t prevent me from teaching.

• Don’t speak while I am instructing the class.

• Raise your hand if you wish to speak, and wait for me to call on you.

• Don’t interrupt when I am giving personal attention to another student.

Don’t prevent others from learning.

• Don’t behave in a disruptive or distracting way.

• Don’t engage in lengthy off-topic conversations.

• Keep the volume of your voice down.

• No singing, rapping, or other disruptive noises.

Be safe.

• Don’t throw, toss, flick, or roll anything across the table, floor, or classroom.

• Don’t roll across the classroom in your chair.

• Use classroom materials in a safe manner.

• Don’t behave in any way that threatens harm to anyone or our equipment.

Keep things clean.

• Clean up after yourself so your station is ready for the next student.

• Return classroom materials to the proper storage place.

• Don’t eat messy things that can leave residue on the computers.

• Keep your language clean.

Professional Skills Grade

It is my job to help you develop positive work behaviors and personal qualities needed to be employable by demonstrating skills related to seeking employment , creating work samples and earning certifications. Each week you will earn a "professional skills grade" for your professional conduct in class by following the Design Room Rules and following the 4 Rules detailed above.

Week 1 - January 23 - January 26

Monday, January 22nd

Anticipatory Activity - View a Short Animation

Step 1: Write down and be prepared to share and explain the elements of a narrative (Plot, Setting, Character, Conflict, Resolution).

Step 2: After viewing the video, Walt Disney's Pigs is Pigs, identify the elements of the story (Plot, Setting, Character, Conflict, Resolution). Be prepared to discuss.

Due Monday, January 22nd

 

Tuesday, January 23rd

Character and Story Brainstorm (Individual) Independent Practice

Create one or more strong drawings of a character idea. Write notes about the character and a possible storyline at the bottom.

This is individual work done before you form your group and is meant to be a way of stimulating the creative process and so everyone has something to bring to your first meeting.

Due Wednesday, January 24th

 

Thursday, January 25th

Brainstorm with Group or Alone

How you can incorporate your story and character ideas to create one cohesive story. Consider the time frame, the final project is due March 1st. Sound like a long time? Think again .... animations take forever!

 

Consider the following:

  • How can we/I simplify my story?
  • Will the characters speak? Will there be a narrator? Will there be sound effects?
  • How will the work be divided if working with someone else?
  • What will actually be animated in your story? What will be static?
  • Doing a narration? Good idea to record it BEFORE you start drawing your animation it will be easier to sync.

Due Thursday, January 25th

 

 

Next Steps .... the following will need to be created before you can start drawing your animation.

[Group Grade | Individual Grade] .  -- if you are working alone then all assignments are individual grades and still need to be completed.

  • Tell me your Brainstorm - what have you thought about, what's the plan?
  • Script/Story needs to be written.
  • Storyboard needs to be drawn (notes are important, consider how long things should take)
  • Character Reference Sheet (follow the Winnie the Pooh example) - use action poses you could use in your story, add notes to explain how the character is drawn.

 

 

 

 

 

Week 2 - January 29 - February 2

Next Steps .... the following will need to be created before you can start drawing your animation.

[Group Grade | Individual Grade] .  -- if you are working alone then all assignments are individual grades and still need to be completed.

  • Tell me your Brainstorm - what have you thought about, what's the plan? (this is now late)
  • Script/Story needs to be written.
  • Storyboard needs to be drawn (notes are important, consider how long things should take)
  • Character Reference Sheet (follow the Winnie the Pooh example) - use action poses you could use in your story, add notes to explain how the character is drawn.

 

 

 

Keep in mind, the longer you take to do the above items the less time you have to work on your animation.

 

 

Friday, February 2nd - Weekly Self-Report

 

In a one-page document, please tell me the following:

  1. Your Name
  2. Name of Animation
  3. Status of your Project, what do you have done and what do you still need to do.
  4. What are some successes you have had.
  5. Identify any struggles or difficulties you are having.

 

Print your document and turn into the tray by the door for your class period.

Week 3 - February 5 - February 9

Next Steps .... the following will need to be created before you can start drawing your animation.

[Group Grade | Individual Grade] .  -- if you are working alone then all assignments are individual grades and still need to be completed.

  • Tell me your Brainstorm - what have you thought about, what's the plan? (this is now late)
  • Script/Story needs to be written.
  • Storyboard needs to be drawn (notes are important, consider how long things should take)
  • Character Reference Sheet (follow the Winnie the Pooh example) - use action poses you could use in your story, add notes to explain how the character is drawn.

 

 

 

Keep in mind, the longer you take to do the above items the less time you have to work on your animation.

 

 

Friday, February 2nd - Weekly Self-Report

 

In a one-page document, please tell me the following:

  1. Your Name
  2. Name of Animation
  3. Status of your Project, what do you have done and what do you still need to do.
  4. What are some successes you have had.
  5. Identify any struggles or difficulties you are having.

 

Print your document and turn into the tray by the door for your class period.

Week 4 - February 12 - February 16

These assignments should all be completed by now .....

 

[Group Grade | Individual Grade] .  -- if you are working alone then all assignments are individual grades and still need to be completed.

  • Tell me your Brainstorm - what have you thought about, what's the plan? (this is now late)
  • Script/Story needs to be written. (this is now late)
  • Storyboard needs to be drawn (notes are important, consider how long things should take) (this is now late)
  • Character Reference Sheet (follow the Winnie the Pooh example) - use action poses you could use in your story, add notes to explain how the character is drawn. (this is now late)

 

 

 

 

Keep in mind, the longer you take to do the above items the less time you have to work on your animation.

 

 

Friday, February 16th - Weekly Self-Report

 

In a one-page document, please tell me the following:

  1. Your Name
  2. Name of Animation
  3. Status of your Project, what do you have done and what do you still need to do.
  4. What are some successes you have had.
  5. Identify any struggles or difficulties you are having.

 

Print your document and turn into the tray by the door for your class period.

Week 5 - February 19 - February 23

Friday, February 23rd - Weekly Self-Report

 

In a one-page document, please tell me the following:

  1. Your Name
  2. Name of Animation
  3. Status of your Project, what do you have done and what do you still need to do. Provide details and list everything you have completed and still need to do. How much time do you need to complete your project?
  4. What are some successes you have had.
  5. Identify any struggles or difficulties you are having.

 

Print your document and turn into the tray by the door for your class period.

Week 6 - February 26 - March 2

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