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Abstract Animation Assignment

Due: Tuesday Sept 9th - Playblast of 1 scene (particles w/geometry)

Due: Tuesday Sept 16th - Playblast of 2 scenes (particles w/geometry)

Due: Tuesday Sept 23rd - Abstract Animation complete

Due: Tuesday Sept 30th - Abstract Animation revised

Abstract Animation

Create a 30 - 40 second particle animation that combines abstract particles with geometric objects. Your goal should be to express ideas using color, texture, shape, line, value, motion, and timing. You must develop a concept and think about the feelings you want to evoke from the audience. You should focus on a non-narrative piece without main characters. You can create entirely non-objective shapes and particles or combine recognizable shapes with abstraction. The piece must make effective use of compositing layers of rendered material.

Although your animation will not be a narrative story, it should have a beginning, middle and end. Timing will play an important role. You should use the elements of art effectively to convey the ideas and emotions (color, texture, line, motion, etc.).

Concept: Think about the concept of a journey and what that means to you. I can be a physical journey or a mental or emotional journey.

Technical issues and requirements: Use at least 3 different files with different environments, particles, etc. in them. You will be putting the piece together in post-production - do not attempt to create all the scenes in a single file. You should have multiple actions happening and cut or use cross-dissolves to go from one scene to the other. Think carefully about the editing of your film. You may need closeups, midshots, longshots, pans, zooms, etc. to convey the mood you are seeking.

Remember: No Raytracing nor Mental Ray on animations.

Projects will be graded on quality NOT quantity - no animation longer than 1 minute!

Do not include human or animal-like characters.

***Be careful with color - too many different colors can ruin a piece.

Use effective lighting, textures and shadows.

Audio: Start with the music/audio and synchronize your motion to the audio. You MUST use copyright free audio. You have a few choices:

Create your own audio (it can be abstracted also - it does not have to be music)
Get someone to create it for you
Find some copyright free audio

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