Assignment: Abstract Animation
Create a 60 second particle animation that combines abstract particles with sound in a meaningful way. 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 characters or plot. 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.)
Think about the concept of a journey and what that means to you. It can be a physical journey or a mental or emotional journey. Along the way, you will encounter tension and at other times you will feel relaxed. Your piece must reflect a variety of feelings that evolve - one into the other.
Technical issues and requirements:
Use at least 3 different files with different environments, particles, etc. in them. You will be putting the pieces together in post-production - do not attempt to create all the scenes in a single file. You should have multiple abstractions 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. Each animation should have a minimum of 8 different shots (you can reuse the existing scenes but you should use different camera angles.)
Projects will be graded on quality NOT quantity - no animation longer than 1 minute!
Do not include human or animal-like characters.
You may include geometry, video, drawn images, etc.
Be careful with color - too many different colors can ruin a piece.
Use effective lighting, textures and effects.
You need consistency (with variety) in the graphic style and color.
3 Particle Tests (Due Aug 30)
Experiment with the different particle systems and create three 10 second tests combining fields and different styles of particles sytems. Each test must consist of MULTIPLE particle emitters. Do not worry about color for the first part of the Tests. Add color later.
5 Particle Tests REDONE (Due Sept 8)
Redo your three particle tests and create 2 new ones. You can modify existing files or start over. Use various methods of color to create interesting visual effects in your particle systems. You can include collisions, collision events, per particle attributes, etc. You MUST have multiple particle systems in each test.
Find 10 sounds (Due Aug 30):
Find 10 interesting sounds that are COPYRIGHT-FREE. You can capture the sounds using the sound recorder or other device, create the sounds using Garage Band, Fruity Loops, or other sound generating application, or you can find the sounds on the Internet.
NO .mp3 files are alllowed. You must create or find .wav files.
A good starting point is the links to Sound Effects websites in the RESOURCES.
Start with the audio and synchronize your animation to the sound. The audio should be sound effects that have been manipulated to create a soundscape. You MUST use copyright free audio. You have a few choices:
- Create your own audio sound track (it should be abstracted also) - use Midi or a sound generator
- Find some copyright free audio clips and manipulate them to abstract them
- Find sound effects on the Internet and combine and manipulate them
- Find someone else to create your audio
Gather a collection of sounds. Either record sounds from the environment, find copyright free sounds off the internet (no MP3 sounds - they have been compressed and the artifacts will show up in your piece), or use a sound generator to make sounds.
You will need a minimum of 10 sounds to work with. A larger collection of shorter sounds will be easier to work with. Sound files should not be longer than 20 seconds. They should be AIF or WAV files. We will be using these sounds to compose a soundscape for the particle animation.
Particle Systems Tutorials and Free Sound Files
Assignment: Post the finished Particle animation on your blog. Due: Oct. 4
Due: Mon Aug. 30
Collection of sounds (10 minimum)
Due: Mon Aug. 30
3 Particle tests (10 seconds each)
Due: Monday Sept. 8
3 particle tests REDONE with color
Due: Monday Sept. 8
Sound Track completed
Due: Monday Sept. 13
3 scenes together with audio (or half done)
Due: Monday Sept. 20
Due: Monday Sept. 27
Abstract Animation complete
Due: Monday Oct. 4
Abstract Animation revised