Assignments - Fall 2008 - ARTC 413 - Bowling Green State University
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Turning in files
• Assignments are due in the Homework folder prior to the beginning of class.
• Revised project files are due exactly one week from the critique due date or they will receive a zero.
• When turning in assignments, use the following naming convention: username_project1, username_exercise1, etc.
Assignments: [week 1]
Description Dates
Week 1 Day 1
Read Chapter 1 of Ideas for the Animated Short by Karen Sullivan

There will be an inclass, closed book quiz over the material on Wednesday.

Purchase this book ASAP because we will use it a lot this semester.

Due: Wed. Aug. 27
Assignment: Create a BGSU Class Blog

To do:
  • Create a blog on blogs.bgsu.edu. By default, it will create the blog with your username and this blog will be for you to use throughout the time you are at BGSU.

  • Create another blog for the class:
    1. Go to blogs.bgsu.edu and log in then go back to blogs.bgsu.edu.
    2. Click Get another blog
    3. Under Blog Name type artc413username - replace username with YOUR username
      It is IMPORTANT to use this naming scheme.
    4. Blog Title should be Your name's ARTC 413 Blog
    5. It does not matter if you want your blog to appear in the search engine.
    6. Click Create Blog
    7. You can design it however you want from the Design page
    8. To add something to your blog use the WRITE - PAGE tab - Don't forget to click Publish
    9. To change a posting, use the MANAGE tab - Don't forget to click SAVE
    10. To add images to a blog page, use the Add Media button. Use the Browser Uploader.
    11. Test to make sure we can get to the blog from the class website (Student Page)
    We will be using the blog to post ideas, research, exercises and assignments as well as using it to critique each others work.

  • Due: Wed. Aug. 27
    Assignment: Write 12 Concept Statements

    Develop 12 concept statements (premises) for possible stories and post them on your blog. Do not worry about working out the details of each story. It is not important to know how each story will unfold or who the characters will be.

    Be prepared to share them with the class. A possible concept would typically be one sentence long (ex: There is a thin line between genius and insanity.) Focus on the idea that you would like to explore. Think about issues that are thought provoking and deal with humanity and life. Consider environmental, social or personal issues as story ideas.

    Requirements:
    • Each concept statement must not be longer than 2 sentences.
    • Number each concept statement beginning with number 1.
    • All 12 concept statements must be put on the blog

    See the Story Development Rules to make sure your ideas satisfy the requirements.
    Due: Wed. Aug. 27 See class notes
    Assignment: Find 10 Creative Characters online

    Collect 10 different images of characters that you think are unique and very creative. Post the images on a PAGE on your blog. Write why you think they are creatively designed.

    Due: Wed. Sept. 3
    Assignment: Animation Pitch Bible

    To complete this assignment you must have:
    1. 3 Ring binder notebook (black) with page protectors

    2. Cover page

    3. Table of Contents

    4. Expanded Premise (see notes) - Two pages maximum.

    5. Story Script
    6. Character description in paragraph form (for all characters)

    7. Character model sheets (in color)

    8. Pose/Expression sheet - optional, but worth extra credit.

    9. Setting concept art in color

    10. Story reel and Animation exercise on DVD
    This is a project we will work on all semester.

    Due: Thur. Dec. 18
    Week 1 Day 2
    Assignment: Read Chapter 2 in Ideas for the Animated Short

    There will be a quiz at the start of class next week
    Due: Wed. Sept. 3
    Assignment: Comment on 3 Students Blogs

    To do:
  • Go to the three blogs you have been assigned in class and find the 12 Concept Statement page. Click on the No Comments link or Add a Comment or Leave a Reply area.

    Write comments suggesting which of their concept statements will make good stories and why. You can give them ideas of how the story might unfold, what a good character might be, etc. You can also give them comments on ways to fix the concept statement or general comments that might be useful in helping them pick a good concept statement to pursue as a final statement.

  • These comments are due Friday by 4pm so the person receiving the comments will have time to read them before making their new concept statements. Keep a text copy of your comments incase they end up not getting posted on the blog.

    You need to comment on three different people's blogs
  • Due: Fri. Aug. 29 4pm
    Assignment: Select 2 Concept Statements and Write 2 Six-Sentence Stories

    To do:
  • Look over your 12 concept statements and select 2 that you think might make good stories for your final project. If you want to make new concept statements, that is OK, too. Hopefully you will be influenced by what the other students have written as concept statements and you will re-write your 2 concept statements to make them better.

  • Create a six or seven sentence story for each new concept statement (2)

    You should use one of the following formats:

    Six Sentence Story Structure:
    1. The main character wants something
    2. Something moves main character to action
    3. Until main character meets conflict
    4. Then main character is in crisis
    5. Main character learns somethmething - discovers, finds, solves a problem, etc.)
    6. Main character succeeds or fails in getting what they want
    Seven Sentence Stories:

    Sentence 1:Introduce Character A and place.
    Sentence 2: Introduce Character B and establish conflict.
    Sentence 3: Problem grows more complex.
    Sentence 4: Character A does something.
    Sentence 5: Character B does something.
    Sentence 6: Climax.
    Sentence 7: Resolution



  • Due: Wed. Sept. 3
    Week 2 Day 2
    Assignment: Read Chapter 3 in Ideas for the Animated Short

    There will be a quiz at the start of class next week
    Due: Mon. Sept. 8
    Assignment: Comment on 3 Students Blogs (the 2 concept statements)

    To do:
  • Go to the three blogs you have been assigned (the three above your name) in class and find the 2 Concept Statement page. Click on the No Comments link or Add a Comment or Leave a Reply area.

    Write comments about both the concept statements. You can give them ideas of how the story might unfold, what a good character might be, etc. You can also give them comments on ways to fix the concept statement or general comments that might be useful in helping them pick a good concept statement to pursue as a final statement.

  • These comments are due Friday by 4pm so the person receiving the comments will have time to read them before making their new concept statements. Keep a text copy of your comments incase they end up not getting posted on the blog.

    You need to comment on three different people's blogs above your name on the list.
  • Due:
    Fri. Sept. 5 4pm
    Assignment: Write a final Concept Statement, Premise and Six-Sentence Story

    To do:
  • Look over your 2 concept statements or select a new concept and select 1 that you think might make a good story for your final project. If you want to make a new concept statements, that is OK, too. Hopefully you will be influenced by what the other students have written as concept statements and you will re-write your concept statement to make it better.

  • Remember the difference between a concept statement and a premise

    Concept Statement:
    Definition: A concept is the main idea that underlies the story.
    Ex: You never appreciate something until it is gone.

    Premise:
    Definition: A premise is the brief description of what happens in the story.
    Ex: A man treats his tomatoe plant with no respect until finally the plant stops providing the only food the man has.



  • Due: Mon. Sept. 8
    Assignment: Draw 6 possible characters for your final animation idea.

    To do:
  • Be creative and think about the relationship of the construction of the body to the story. These six images should be no smaller than 3 inches square and should not be exactly the same as someone else's style. DO NOT draw human characters.

    Scan your drawing in and post them on your blogs.

  • Due: Mon. Sept. 8
    Week 3 Day 1&2
    Assignment: Read Chapter 4 in Ideas for the Animated Short

    There will be a quiz at the start of class next week
    Due: Mon. Sept. 15
    Assignment: Revise the story. Make sure you have a perfected Concept Statement, Premise and 6-7 sentence story. If you have this part done, you can write your story in paragraph form if it helps you to articulate the idea.

    To do:
  • Post the new concept statement, premise and 6-7 sentence story as a page on your blog.

  • Remember the difference between a concept statement and a premise


    Character Profile Description Page:
    Fill out the Character Profile Page and be as imaginative as you can but make sure that the personality and background of your character will work well in the story you have defined.

    Post this on your blog as a new entry.

  • Due: Mon. Sept. 15
    Assignment: Redesign your character and create a character design sheet..

    To do:
  • Be creative and redraw your character in 6 action poses and 6 closeup facial expressions.

    Scan your drawing in and post them on your blogs.

  • Due: Mon. Sept. 15
    Week 4 Day 1
    Assignment: Read Chapter 5 in Ideas for the Animated Short

    There will be a quiz at the start of class next week
    Due: Mon. Sept. 22
    Assignment: Write your story in Paragraph-style and Write a Script

    Revise the story idea and write your story in a paragraph form. Make sure you have a perfected Concept Statement, Premise and 6-7 sentence story also. Also use the script format and write your story as a script.

    To do:
  • Post the paragraph of your story and your script along with your new concept statement, premise and 6-7 sentence story as a page on your blog.

  • Use a proper script format for an animation.


    Character Model Sheet:
    On a single piece of paper, draw your character in the following format:

  • Frontal
  • Side View
  • 3/4 view
  • Back

    Draw the character in the T pose (arms stretched out)

    Make sure the proportions are correct.

    Post this on your blog as a new entry.

  • Due: Mon. Sept. 22
    Assignment: Redesign your character and create a character design sheet..

    To do:
  • Be creative and redraw your character in 6 action poses and 6 closeup facial expressions.

    Scan your drawing in and post them on your blogs.

  • Due: Mon. Sept. 22
    Week 5 Day 2
    Assignment: Concept Art

    Create 2 to 4 drawings of your environment that you will use in your story. Make these drawings professionally drawn and add the details that will appear in your Maya file. Use color to indicate mood. You can use any media (water color, colored pencil, Photoshop, Painter, etc.)

    To do:
  • Post a digital version of all your drawings on a Page on your blog.
    Floor plan
    Create a drawing of the floor plan of your environment for your story. This should be from the top view looking down. We should be able to import this drawing into Maya and use it to place all of the elements int he scene. You can use Photoshop or paper but you should use a grid for alignment.

    To Do: Post this image on your blog as a new entry.

  • Due: Mon. Sept. 29
    Assignment: Redo the Character Design and make new Model sheet

    Some of you have had your characters approved and can work to refine them and others will need to start over and redesign your characters. Improve your drawing style by looking at other character design sketches online and use reference materials to inform your drawing.

    Your Model Sheet must be PERFECT to use in Maya as a reference. Use lines to make sure the body proportions are PERFECT. Use your newly refined or redesigned character. To do:
  • Post a digital version of all your new drawings on a Page on your blog.
    Reference Model Sheets in Maya
    Scan your model sheets and separate into separate files. Scan at 200 dpi and save as TIFF. Bring them into Maya and lay them out to use as a reference for your character modeling.

    To Do: Have Maya file ready for your models.

  • Due: Mon. Sept. 29
    Assignment: Research Settings

    Post on your blog 10 images that you will use as references for your setting. These may be images that you like for their color, mood, specific objects or landscape.

    To do:
  • Post a digital version of all your Setting reference or inspiration images on a Page on the blog.
  • Due: Mon. Sept. 29