Assignments - Fall 2009 - ARTC 4130 - 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.
Description Dates
Items to turn in for a final grade:

  1. Animation Bible with
    1. Cover page with title and image (one page)
    2. Table of Contents (one page)
    3. Concept Statement, Premise, Six sentence story (one page)
    4. Expanded Premise (one page)
    5. Character description in paragraph form (one page for each character and should include drawing of character)
    6. Script - must be presented in professional script writing format (maximum of 3 pages)
    7. Character model sheets (drawing) (one page)
    8. Pose and expression concept artwork of character (at least 6 poses and 6 facial expressions)
    9. Maya textured and rendered image of character (1 page)
    10. Setting and character concept art drawn (not 3D maya image)
    11. 3D render(s) of environment/setting
    12. Character in the setting image(s) (drawn)
    13. Additional concept art (props, secondary characters, etc.) - optional
    14. Storyboard (reproduction in a size that fits in the notebook)
  2. DVD containing the following:
    1. Animatic as a Quicktime H.264
    2. Maya model of 3D environment
    3. Maya model of character rigged and textured
    4. Concept art
    The DVD needs to be inserted into a DVD sleeve in the back of the Bible.

    You will give a presentation of all your material so be prepared to show it and talk about it.

Due: Thurs. Dec. 17 3:30pm
Intro. Assignments
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. 26
Assignment: Create a BGSU Class Blog

To do:
Create a blog on 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:
Go to and log in then click on Dashboard on the right.
Click Create Another Blog
Under Blog Name type artc4130username - replace username with YOUR username
It is IMPORTANT to use this naming scheme.

Blog Title should be Your name's ARTC 4130 Blog
It does not matter if you want your blog to appear in the search engine.

Blog Type: Student
Blog Subtype: College of Arts and Sciences

Click Create Blog

On the next page, click LOGIN (in the text)

Click the Appearance:

At the bottom, go to Page 5 and at the top of the page, click the Mandigo
At the top right, click Activate "Mandigo"

***USE the Photoshop template I provide youin the homework folder to add your image. The Blog template chops off a part of your image so the photoshop file compensates for that. Make sure you turn off the "Turn off before Saving" folder in the Photoshop Layers before using Save for Web & Devices.

In the blog Dashboard: In the Appearance sections select Custom Image Header
(You need to have an image ready to go that is 800 wide x 250 high JPG)

Click Choose File and select your image. Upload

To see it, click Visit Site on top

To customize the side bar, click Appearance - Widgets then
Click Add next to Calendar
Add Links
Add Recent Posts
Add Recent Comments

Then SAVE Changes

Go to the Comments menu item and remove the first comment (check mark on it and Bulk Actions: Delete)

Click Settings menu and change the Tagline to Advanced Character Animation
Save Changes

Click the Arrow next to Settings and select Discussion
UNCHECK- A comment is held for moderation
UNCHECK - Comment author must have a previously approved comment

  1. To add something to your blog use the POSTS - Add New - Don't forget to click Publish
  2. To change a posting, use the Edit - Don't forget to click Update Post
  3. To add images to a blog page, use the Media - Add New link. Use the Browser Uploader if you have any problems.
  4. 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. 26
Assignment: Write a Concept Statement

Choose or develop a concept statement (premises) for a possible story and post it on your blog. Do not worry about working out the details of the 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.


  • The concept statement must be put on the blog

See the Story Development Rules to make sure your ideas satisfy the requirements.

Possible story ideas to start with:

- A funny thing happened to me on the way to school
- Character is trying to go somewhere but an obstacle gets in the way
- A love affair between the character and an object - it goes wrong or it is love ever after
- A character finds himself in a strange place where nothing is like it seems
- The character really wants it and he will get it or no one gets it
- A character has a serious character flaw that appears to be a problem but it turns out to be an asset
- Try to demonstrate something (infomercial) but everything goes wrong
- I have a hard time to deal with this
- Cleaning day and they are having trouble getting rid of something but it needs to go in order for them to finish the job
- Can't sleep and does various things to try to get to sleep
- Not enough money to buy something that the character really needs and he comes up with a creative solution to get the money
- A character does something that causes a chain reaction and a series of strange things happen


Due: Wed. Aug. 26 See class notes
Assignment: Find 5 Creative Characters online

Collect 5 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. Aug. 26
Assignment: Animation Pitch Bible

See Animation Bible Notes for detailed information

Due: Thur. Dec. 17
Character Model Sheet
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. 21
    Assignment: Write a Script

    Revise the story idea and writea professional script for it. Make sure you have a perfected Concept Statement and 6-7 sentence story . Use the professional script format.

    To do:
  • Post the 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.

    Examples: Rules for scriptwriting for animation:
    • Typeface: Courier font, 10 point font

    • Avoid distracting, exotic typefaces. They scream "amateur" to industry pros.

    • MARGINS should be 1 1/2 inches from left and right edge of paper

    • DIALOGUE should be indented in 2 1/2 inches and 2 1/2 inches from right side, single-spaced.

    • CHARACTER NAME 3 1/2 inches from left side of paper, single-spacing between Name, Direction & Dialogue.

    • PAGE NUMBER on line 3 of Header

    • Begin your script with "FADE IN:", end with "FADE OUT", and never use scene numbers or "CONTINUED" at top or bottom of each page.

    • When breaking up dialogue across two pages, use "(MORE)" (typed @ Character Name TAB, COL 35) at the bottom of the page and "(CONT'D)" to right of Character Name at top of next page.

    • PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SLUGS are preceded and followed by a blank line.

    • A. PRIMARY or LOCATION Info: Typed at the left margin and in ALL CAPS. For example, the included script page has the transition "CUT TO:" and is followed by "INT. THE BELLS' PANTRY - DAY." The basic format is: Interior (INT.)/Exterior (EXT.), Camera Angle/Distance, Scene Location, and Time of Day.

    • B. SECONDARY SLUGS: These indicate either cut to new character or camera angle for emphasis in new scene, or a restaging shot of the same group of characters. For example: "ANGLE ON WOLF PACK."

    • 5. Type the names of new key characters in UPPER CASE the first time the character is introduced.
  • Due: Mon. Sept. 28