Assignments - Fall 2010 - 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
FINAL TURN IN
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. Finished animation as a Quicktime H.264
    2. Animatic as a Quicktime H.264
    3. Maya model of 3D environment
    4. Maya model of character rigged and textured
    5. Concept art
    The DVD needs to be inserted into a DVD sleeve in the back of the Bible.

    Be prepared to show it and talk about it.

Due: Tues. Dec. 14 1:15pm
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. 25
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:
Go to blogs.bgsu.edu 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 APPLY

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. 25

Assignment: Write Six Concept Statements

Develop six concept statements and premises for possible stories and post them on your blog. Do not worry about working out the details of the story.

Concept statement is ONE short sentence - it is the underlying idea - the deeper meaning.

A possible concept would typically be one sentence long (ex: There is a thin line between genius and insanity.)

Premise is a SHORT overview of the plot of the story. It introduces the main character and the main conflict and resolution.

A premise would be a few sentences (ex: A one legged cube-man insanely keeps trying to fit into round holes in the wall. The shape of the holes have historically forced the society to be segregated into 2 groups. Through trial and error, he figures out how to fit into the holes thus the two groups meet and become a united society.

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.

Be prepared to share your story ideas with the class.

Requirements:

  • The concept statements and premises must be posted on the blog
  • Use the format:

    1. Concept Statement 1:
      Premise 1:

    2. Concept Statement 2:
      Premise 2:

    3. Concept Statement 3:
      Premise 3:

    4. Concept Statement 4:
      Premise 4:

    5. Concept Statement 5:
      Premise 5:

    6. Concept Statement 6:
      Premise 6:

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
- The past is haunting the character and the character needs to overcome this
- The character is 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

Stories that are more metaphorical in nature:
Tell a story in a nonliteral way, get the user thinking about the issue by using metaphor:

- pick any of the seven deadly sins and think about how you can make a hidden statement about it.
- think about deep human emotions (any powerful emotion) and explore the cause and effect of the emotion


Due: Wed. Aug. 25 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. Write2-3 sentences why you think they are creatively designed.

NO HUMAN looking characters allowed. No superheros, no anime, no video game characters that look human, etc.

Due: Wed. Aug. 25
Assignment: Animation Pitch Bible

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

This is a project we will work on all semester.

See Animation Bible Notes for detailed information

Due: Thur. Dec. 14
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: Mon. Aug. 30
Assignment: Comment on 3 Students Blogs

To do:
  • Go to the three blogs you have been assigned in class and find the 6 Concept Statement and Premises 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 5pm 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. 27 by 5pm
Assignment: Select 2 Concept Statements and Write 2 Six-Sentence Stories

To do:
  • Look over your 6 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 their concept statements and you will re-write your 2 concept statements and premises 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 obstacle and establish conflict
Sentence 3: Problem grows more complex
Sentence 4: Character A does something
Sentence 5: Obstacle responds or does not respond
Sentence 6: Climax
Sentence 7: Resolution

Due: Mon. Aug. 30
Assignment: Draw 6 different 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. BE ORIGINAL.

  • DO NOT draw human characters.

Scan your drawing in and post them on your blogs.

Due: Mon. Aug. 30
Week 2 Day 1
Assignment: Read Chapter 4 & 5 in Ideas for the Animated Short

There will be a quiz at the start of class next Wed.
Due: Wed. Sept. 8
Assignment: Comment on 3 Students Blogs

To do:
  • Go to the three blogs BEFORE your name in the class list and find their 2 Concept Statements and 6/7 sentence stories. 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 Wed by 5pm 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: Wed. Sept. 1 by 5pm
Assignment: Write a final Concept Statement, Premise, Six-Sentence Story and Story in Paragraph form

To do:
  • Look over your 2 concept statements and select 1 idea that you think might make a good story for your final project. If you want to make a new concept statement, 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.

    Due:
    • Final Concept Statement
    • Final Premise
    • Final 6/7 sentence story
    • Final story in paragraph form

  • Due: Wed. Sept. 8
    Assignment: Redesign your character and create a character design sheet with 6 action poses and 6 closeup facial expressions

    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: Wed. Sept. 8
    Week 2 Day 2
    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: Wed. Sept. 8
    Week 3 Day 2
    Assignment: Read Chapter 7 in Ideas for the Animated Short

    There will be a quiz at the start of class next Wed.
    Due: Mon. Sept. 13

    Assignment: Revise Story and Create Storyboard

    Revise the story. Make sure you have a perfected Concept Statement, Premise and 6-7 sentence story. Post this on your blog.

    Create a storyboard. Once you have worked out your ending and have a solid story, create the storyboard for your animation. Use the storyboard template in Photoshop and create LAYERS so that we can easily separate the background from the foreground to make an animatic.

    USE the storyboard template.

    Post this on your blog and turn in the digital version of the pages to the homework folder as JPG files.

    Storyboard Rules:

    NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO,NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO

    • NO characters in the middle facing the camera (looking at me) - your grade will be lowered for each usage of this type of horrible framing.

    • NO more than 10 different shots(cuts) in the piece. There are exceptions to this rule if you have fast action or a more experimental piece.

    • NO shot lengths of less than 4 seconds. Talk to me if you need a shorter length shot (fast action, etc).

    • NO breaking the 180 rule - your grade will be lowered for each violation.

    YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES

    • USE a variety of camera angles.

    • USE closeups, long shots, medium shots, etc.

    • USE Inserts, Cut Aways, Cross Cutting and other techniques discussed in the book.

    • CREATE multiple drawings in your storyboard for a single shot. (Ex: starting to reach, grasping the object, holding the object high in the air) - use the same background and change the foreground.
    To do:

  • 1. Post the new concept statement, premise and 6-7 sentence story as a post on your blog.

  • 2. Create a storyboard using the template and post on the blog and turn into the homework folder.

  • Due: Mon. Sept. 13
    Assignment: Online Story Questionnaire:

    Fill out the Story Questionnaire.

    Due: Mon. Sept. 13
    Week 4 Day 2
    Assignment: Character Reference Sheet

    Using your character designs (modified or the original if it does not need revisions), design a character reference sheet using the following criteria.

    The reference sheet must be 17 x 11 and in color and contain:
    • Name of the character
    • 3-5 full body poses (frontal, side, 3 quarter view, action views)
    • At least 3 close-up expressions
    • 2-5 drawings of features (eyes, nose, clothing, props, etc.)
    • Information about character, clothing and props
    • Color/texture chart with indication what parts of the character it will apply to
    • Your name
    These will be printed in color and hung in the hall so you MUST do a really good job in designing a creative layout.

    Examples to look at:
  • jigsaw-forte-reference-sheet
  • Reference_Sheet___Boo_by_BooYeh
  • Forget Me Not 1941 Design
  • Alma_the_Metalmorph_by_doodlebot_squared
  • Tanuki_san_Reference_Sheet_by_Chisa_chan
  • Karl_reference_sheet_by_Unknown_person

    To do:
  • Design a character reference sheet in Photoshop.

  • Size should be 17 wide x 11 high (you will fold it down the middle for the animation bible so DO NOT place graphics in the middle that will look bad when folded).

    Turn in:
  • Post on your blog and turn it in to the homework folder for approval before printing.
  • We will print them and hang them in the hallway next week after they are approved.

    You will be showing these to the visiting artist so MAKE SURE you do a good job.

  • Due: Mon. Sept. 22
    Week 5 Day 2
    Assignment: 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. 27
    Week 6 Day 1
    Assignment: Rough Animatic

    In After Effects you need to layout your animation according to the correct timing for your animation. You will later animate the elments to create a rough version of your story. This animatic MUST be using the proper DVD format and size and have your beginning and end credits in it.

    This animatic will eventually become your animation as you replace shot after shot of your animatic with your rendered Maya files.


    Assignment: Blocked Out Maya Environment

    Scan in and import your floor plan into Maya. Use the image as an environment map on your camera. Using cubes, spheres, cylinders and other primitive shapes, create the envionment and major props for your animation.

    Render out a view from the top camera and one from the persective camera and post them on the blog next to your floor plan. Do not worry about texturing things.

    Assignment: Research - Find 10 images to use when constructing your environment

    Take photographs, find images online, or find images in books and scan them in. These images should ALL be useful in some way in helping you create your animation environment.

    Post the 10 images you find on your blog.

    Due: Mon. Oct. 4
    Week 6 Day 2
    Assignment: Research Animation Stories - Add 6 animations to the Youtube channel

    Go to: http://www.youtube.com/digitalanim and subscribe to the Playlist.

    Find 2 good 3D or traditional character animations for each of the categories (6 animations total):

    Stories 1-3 min
    Stories 3-5 min
    Stories 5-8 min

    Email the links to the 6 animations to bonniem@bgsu.edu before 10 am Monday Oct 4 so she can add them to the Youtube channel.

    Due: Mon. Oct. 4
    Week 10 Day 1

    Assignment: Model the main character

    IMPORTANT: Pay attention to the topology of your character and how it must move

    Areas that need to bend, must have more geometry
    The face needs to be designed so each feature (mouth, eyes, etc.) can animate correctly.
    Avoid geometry edges not connecting properly.

    Tutorials:
    Basic:
    http://www.nevercenter.com/wiki/index.php?title=Character_Modeling_by_Tony_Jung_Part_1

    Numerous tutorials:
    http://www.andrewklein.net/bh/charmodelingweek2.html

    Foot:
    http://www.freemayavideotutorials.com/maya-modeling/how-to-modeling-a-foot-in-maya-by-steven-stahlberg.html

    Video:

    Bunny: http://www.cgwhat.com/zombie-bunny/

    Gogg Series: http://www.youtube.com/user/da1bu89#p/c/42044C295112B3D6
    Click the Playlist

     

    Due: Mon. Nov. 8
    Week 15 Day 2

    Assignment: Write a script of your story

    Items I will expect and will factor into your grade:

    Typeface: Courier font, 10 characters per inch.

    CAPITAL letters for Location, camera direction, character's name

    Use of abreviations for location: EXT. INT.

    Camera information: PAN, CLOSEUP, etc.

    Correct spacing: Line space after and before slugs (segments of the script).

    Begin your script with "FADE IN:", end with "FADE OUT"

    Scripts available
  • Simply Scripts http://www.simplyscripts.com/genre/animation-scripts.html
  • Scriptwring for Animation http://www.awn.com/mag/issue4.04/4.04pages/williamsonscript.php3


     

  • Due: Mon. Nov. 8