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About Animation
September

Assignments:

Week 1 assignments - September 7 - 15

Week 2 assignments September 18-22 -- Prepare images in Photoshop, Meet Adobe Premiere & Audition

September 25-29

Monday -

Student presentations - digital stories

Unit 1 quiz/reflection - Complete in Google Classroom - class code = 8tnlkhv, make sure you are signed into Google with your Humble ISD user account

Tuesday: Adobe Animate CC - where we are going and how we will get there. Teacher guided notes here.

Block day:

Finished Guided instruction with Mrs. Wehrman about the drawing tools

Begin project: Trace Images in Adobe Animate Using the Line Tool - detailed instructions here

Friday: Finish project

October 2 - 6 -

Monday - Frame by Frame animation

  1. Use the Google to search for this term "bouncing ball reference video" then watch the video. Use teh chat, descirve teh general behavior of a bouncing ball.

  2. Open this file in Animate - work along with Mrs. Wehrman to create a bouncing ball

  3. On your own - insert 3 layers, add the ground, the background (sky or other), and a platform. Example shown on teacher's screen and can be downloaded here.

  4. Render the video, add to Google Drive Animation folder and insert on Google Site

Tuesday - Classic tweens

  1. Watch Alan Becker's 12 principles of animation - Squash & Stretch

  2. How does the frame by frame animation created yesterday fit this principle?

  3. Sun rise and sun set with classic tween - whole class instruction

  4. Add a background layer, change the sky color from night to day and back to night as the sun rises and sets, using classic tweens and color effect.

  5. Add an object that appears small at the horizon and then appears large at the end of the animation.

  6. Render, add to 2D page of Google Site - label Classic Tweens

Block day & Friday - Motion tweens, solar house & animated monkeys

September 26 - September 30

Monday & Tuesday - Adding to the Animate CC skill set- animating a skateboarding apple

Block Day - Animation Expo - sharing the passion

Friday - NetherRealm Studios Career investigation & completing skateboarding apple project, use your mad Animate CC skills to animate your own scene, using your traced friends from 2 weeks ago.

 

October

October 3 - 7 - animated scene & name animation

Two projects due on Friday

  1. Animate your own scene

  2. Name animation

October 11 - 14

Tuesday - finish projects due last week, and animate a word from the word jar

Block Day: Stop Motion, Mary & Max

Friday: Watch a new Stop Motion example - Super Mansion

October 17 - 21 Objective for the week -- to appreciate the effort that goes into making a stop motion animation, and to inspire you to create your own high quality production.

Monday  

  1. Watch Geeking Out - Bryan Cranston, SuperMansion whole class on screen

  2. Watch the making of Super Mansion - The Making of SuperMansion whole class on screen

  3. Types of Stop Motion - whole class

  4. Pixar's Animation process - review independently

  5. Open Google Drive, start a new document, type your ideas for a stop motion project. Explain what type of Stop Motion you would like to create, and type a summary of a story idea. (Stage 1 of the animation process) Title of the file is Stop Motion idea. Add to your Google Drive - Stop Motion page. (should be a link at the bottom of the page) - work independently

Tuesday

  1. Types of Stop Motion | View past student work here, strong and weak work - whole class on screen

  2. Open your Google Drive stop motion idea document. Continue developing your ideas for a stop motion project. Explain what type of Stop Motion you would like to create, and type a summary of a story idea. (Stage 1 of the animation process) - independently

  3. Take this survey regarding what type of Stop Motion you like and who you want to work with. - must be completed by end of class today.

Block Day

  1. Help Wanted - Storyboard Artist

  2. Introduction to Stop Motion Project - all the steps with resources

  3. Meet with group to choose a story idea

  4. begin Storyboarding

Friday - Storyboarding completion - 2 separate grades, one Word document turned in on Google Site and one hand drawn storyboard.

October 24 - 28 (Animation Expo to be held on block day)

Stop Motion Project - all the steps

Friday - how to add audio to a .fla file - teacher demo, then students do

  1. Download and open this file - save it to your animation folder in your Google drive

  2. Go to here to find 2 audio clips

  3. Download the audio file to the same folder as the skeleton

  4. Make a new layer in your Animate CC file

  5. Click File > import to library > browse to your audio file

  6. Drag the audio file out of the library and drop in in the middle of the skeleton

  7. CTRL + Enter to test your movie

  8. Add another layer, add a keyframe around frame 20

  9. Add another audio file

November

October 31 - November 4

Monday - Download this file

    1. open and test the file (CTRL + Enter)

    2. explore each layer, try to figure out what is happening and how it is happening

    3. Add at least 5 different appropriate audio clips at the proper point in time

    4. Change or tweak the animations to suit your own creativity

    5. Export as a .mov and add to your Google site, on the 2D animation page.

    6. Halloween animation is due today!! When you get done, continue collecting audio for your stop motion project.

Tuesday - Friday - Stop Motion Project - all the steps

November 7 - 11

Doors Project

Stop Motion Project - all the steps

Post Production - Stop Motion - Every single student MUST have a folder with all of the photos.

November 14 - 18

November 21 - 25 Thanksgiving break

November 28 - December 2

 

December

December 5 - 9

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday - out of classroom due to testing. Location to be determined.

December 12 - 16 - Finals Week

Critique & semester review - do this first

Finish stop motion and doors project. Make sure they both play on your web site before you leave the classroom AND put a copy of both of the .mov files into the animation - Wehrman student common folder.

Animate CC Final - 2015, extra credit for 2016, start file is in the student common

 

January

Week 1 January 4 - 7

Wednesday:

Thursday: Beginning After Effects - Motion Graphic Unit - preview of After Effects projects (Teacher demo, students follow)

  • Mastery of Beam, Glow & CC Starburst,
  • animating effects
  • RAM preview

Friday: Fractal Noise in After Effects - Motion Graphic Unit, making fire and water (Teacher demo, students follow)

Generate these compositions:

  1. Fire (done together with me)
  2. Make 2 of your own compositions. You may do something similar to the provided examples or completely do your own thing. Each comp has to have Fractal noise plus at least one other effect.

For your grade, you will need to show me 3 compositions, Fire and 2 of your own.


Week 2
January 9 - 13

Monday Fractal Noise in After Effects - Motion Graphic Unit,

Download this file. Save it into your own space with the name "Patterns"

Graded assignments For your grade, you will need to show me 2 compositions, Fire and 1 of your own.

  1. Fire (done together with me) - recipe for basic fire is here | Recipe for advanced fire is here

  2. Make your own pattern composition. You may do something similar to the provided examples or completely do your own thing. Each comp has to have Fractal noise plus at least one other effect.

Quiz - Complete this quiz with the Fractal Noise project open for reference

Tuesday

Teacher Demo Cycore effects - CC Fast Blur and CC Rain (cycore demo.aep)

Student assignment - Experiment with Cycore - demo to the people sitting to your right and to your left, no repeats of effects

More good learning: Teacher demo, students follow, making a dragon breathe fire

  1. Open file from Student common (dragon fire.aep)

  2. Create the fire. See my notes here to match the settings.

    Do all the effects, none are optional.

    I want to see your Effect Controls, you should have these:

    1. Turbulent noise

    2. Colorama

    3. Roughen Edges

    4. Glow

    Show me.

  3. Generate Effects:
    Cell Pattern > CC Light Sweep, (continue with Cell pattern, disperse, size, evolution)
    Circle & Elipse, (edge, feather)
    Grid (add glow)
    Lens Flare
    Radio Waves

Block Day -Friday - Project planning & overview, finish Tuesday assignments

    1. TRAPS - Scale, Position, Anchor Point, Rotatation, Opacity - animate that stuff

    2. Begin Project. - See examples, and make decision

    3. What is a technique you see in an example that you want to know how to do? You will be required to find your own tutorial, learn how to do something and incorporate that technique in your project. Submit idea here.

    4. Learn Audio Spectrum.


Week 3 January 17 - 20 - Type & movement

Week 4 January 23 - 27 - Continue Project

February

Week 1 Feb. 1-3 - Finish Project.

Week 2 Feb. 6- 10 - Finish Project., Render the project, upload to the Animation folder in your Google Drive, insert on the After Effect page of your Google site. Type on the rubric. Add the rubric to the bottom of your Google Site.

Graded assignment: Motion Graphic tutorials, do both, render and add each one to your motion graphic page of your web site. AND complete this reflection after each tutorial

  1. this tutorial that has spoken words, explaining things. - don't forget to complete reflection

  2. this tutorial that has no human speaking - don't forget to complete reflection

Week 3 Feb. 13 - 17 -

12 Principles of Animation by Alan Becker intro

Graded assignment: Motion Graphic tutorials, do both, render and add each one to your motion graphic page of your web site. AND complete this reflection after each tutorial

  1. this tutorial that has spoken words, explaining things. - don't forget to complete reflection

  2. this tutorial that has no human speaking - don't forget to complete reflection

Graded assignment: Animated Collage - see project inspiration here

The procedures:

Create a BRAND new master folder.

Gather images. REQUIRED! Get images here New York Public Library. Save the images into your brand new master folder.

Open Photoshop and create a new file that is 960 pixels wide by 540 pixels tall. Save the Photoshop folder in your brand new master folder.

  • Artistically combine objects in Photoshop

  • put each item that will be animated on a separate layer

  • include at least one texture for a background

  • Use an odd number of images

  • You may incorporate your own art or Photoshop custom shapes

  • Here is a quick video on how to select objects in Photoshop CC to get rid of the background

Take the PSD file into After Effects and using the techniques you've learned from the lyric video and the motion graphic tutorials, animate that collage. Watch this one minute video on how to bring the Photoshop file into AE. You can add audio, or not, it is your project.

Week 4 Feb. 21 - 24 finish Animated Collage, Block day and Friday begin Character Animation Unit

 

 

March

Week 1 - Feb 27 - March 3

Finish animated, digital collage. Render, upload to Google Drive, add to Motion graphic page of Google Site.

Character animation - Mr. Baldy in After Effects

Week 2 - March 6 - 10

Monday - Catch up day - Mr. Baldy & animated collage

Tuesday - Celebrate iHop National Pancake day

Block day - watch The Book of Life

Friday, finish The Book of Life, watch the Behind the Scenes playlist on the YouTube

Week 3 - Spring break!

Week 4 - March 20 - 24

Monday:

  1. Check grades
  2. Check schedule for next year
  3. More walking - accurate walk cycle.

Tuesday - Friday: Finish walk cycle, and then create the background for your walker

Week 5 March 27 - 31 - testing week bell schedule

Monday - Puppet Tool review - normal schedule

Tuesday - Block schedule, 1, 3 5 & 7

Finish Gus. Render and add to Character Animation page of Google Site.

Start lip sync - 3rd period will start Wednesday lesson

Wednesday - modified 7 period schedule

Learning: Look at these mouths - Whole class instruction - computers will be locked, look at screen

mouths one

mouths two

mouths three

On your own:

  1. Watch how to parent layers - Watch at Lynda.com, Chapter 1, lesson Rigging hierarchies in After Effects

  2. Learn to lip sync a bear - YouTube Link Or watch at Lynda.com, Chapter 1, lesson Rigging replacement animation in After Effects, follow along with the files below.

  3. Graded assignment Find your own or record audio, lip sync bear to the audio
    Files to download here | Bear.psd | bear.aep - create a folder to hold both of these files

Thursday - block schedule 2, 6, 4 & 7 - Continue lip sync, finish any missing assignment

Friday - normal schedule - Finish and render lip synced bear

April

Week 1 - April 3 - 7

Finish Gus, Converse Walker, Bear lip syncing

Storytelling unit - join my Google Classroom use code 8tnlkhv, or check your Humble ISD Gmail account for an invitation from me to join the class.

Do these graded assignments.

  1. Introduction to Storytelling- watch video, answering questions as they are asked during the video

  2. The Shape of Stories - watch video, answering questions as they are asked during the video, use the Google for the 1st question.

  3. "The Crush" Analysis & worksheet | Use this document to complete worksheet.

  4. How To Tell a Great Story - 5 storytelling Tips - watch video, answering questions as they are asked during the video

  5. Pixar Storytelling Rules - watch video, answering questions as they are asked during the video

  6. Coming Up with Story Ideas
Read this

Check this out

Week 2 - April 10 - 13 (no school on Friday)

  1. Class discussion - analysis of high school created animations - UIL State Finalists - 2016 | 2017 winners here | Parched

  2. Class discussion Logline, taglines and synopsis

  3. Pick a character from the Graphic Design character store - first come/first serve

  4. Story Synopsis - Develop an idea for a story - type the idea on this Word doc, save the file. Turn in to your Character Animation Page - due block day

  5. Script writing - block day

  6. Gather audio, save into master folder

  7. Work on art work for animation – additional characters, and backgrounds

  8. Idea Pitch

Week 3 - April 17 - 21

  1. Idea pitch

  2. story animation - Make that movie!

    • Import the first audio you need for the first scene
    • Import the art
    • Animate the story, use any software, or combination of software that you want to use

Week 4 - April 24 - 28 - story animation

 

May

 

Week 1- May 1 - 5 Begin Independent Project

Week 2 - May 8 - 12 Continue Independent Project

Week 3 - May 15 - 19 Independent Project - Conclusion here

Week 4 - May 22 - 26 - Finals for seniors

 

June

 

Week 1 - May 31 - June 2 Spring 2016 final exam