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ARTC 400 Particle Systems and Dynamics
Tentative Schedule - this page will be updated as changes occur

August
August 26
Tuesday
Syllabus, introductions, Intro. to particles, Introduction to metaphor and abstract storytelling
August 28
Thursday
Creating Particle Systems, Brainstorming story ideas Due: 6 possible concepts for final
September
September 2
Tuesday
Emitters, hardware, software particles, animating, particle objects, discussion of individual ideas for final Due: Concept statement
September 4
Thursday
Fields, Particle Collisions Events, Abstraction in Film (showcase of films)
September 9
Tuesday
Planning for compositing, Idea refinement Due: Playblast 1 scene: Abstract Anim.
September 11
Thursday
Compositing in After Effects, Projects, Compositions, Timelines, Layers, Particle Color, Lifespan
September 16
Tuesday
Initial States, Start Frame, Compositing transformation and keyframing Due: Playblast 2 scenes: Abstract Anim.
September 18
Thursday
Compositing: Rendering and organizing layers, Volumetric Shaders and software rendered particles
September 23
Tuesday
Critique Due: Abstract Animation
September 25
Thursday
Per Particle Attributes, MEL scripting, Compositing: Masking, Particle Expressions, mapping graphics to the image plane for reference
September 30
Tuesday
Ramps, array mapper, normal and tangent speed, Particle IDs, collisions, emission Due: Revised Abstract Animation
October
October 2
Thursday
Particle Sprite Animation, Particle instancing, Combining digital imaging (importing from Photoshop) and 3D
October 7
Tuesday
Critique Due: Special Effects Composite - Juxtaposition of different elements
October 9
Thursday
No class - Fall Break
October 14
Tuesday
Expressions for velocity, position and collision events, Shooting live action, lighting, acting and staging, Importing footage and compressions
October 16
Thursday
Critique of storyboards, Storytelling (metaphorical), Narrative Language Due: Final project Storyboard
October 21
Tuesday
Rigid Body Dynamics, Collisions
October 23
Thursday
Caching, constraints, Optimization, Color correction, shadow compositing Due: Live action Composite As. 3
October 28
Tuesday
Softbody dynamics, goals and springs
October 30
Thursday
Softbody Dynamics Cont. Review of finished composites Due: Reworked Composite Assignments
November
November 4
Tuesday
Using 3D effects in Compositing
November 6
Thursday
Critique of all models Due: Models of Final Scenes
November 11
Tuesday
No class - Veterans Day
November 13
Thursday
Critique of all graphic layers Due: Textures on all objects (3-5 images due)
November 18
Tuesday
Individual Critiques and assistance, Production Schedule review
November 20
Thursday
Individual Critiques and assistance
November 25
Tuesday
Critique of Playblasts Due: Playblast of two scenes
November 27
Thursday
No class Thanksgiving!
December
December 2
Tuesday
Critique of All Playblasts Due: Playblast of two scenes
December 4
Thursday
Individual review of progress, workday
December 9
Tuesday
Workday, Render quantity inspection (3/4 done)
December 11
Thursday
Workday, Post production Due: Rendering complete
December 16
Tuesday
Final Critique 10:45-12:45 Due: Final Animation Tapes
December 18
Thursday
Individual Meetings as needed

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