Schedule

Aug: [22] - [24] - [29] - [31]  Sept: [07] - [12] - [14] - [19] - [21] - [26] - [28]
Oct: [03] - [05] - [12] - [17] - [19] - [24] - [26] - [31]       Nov: [02] - [07] - [09] - [14] - [16] - [21] - [28] - [30]
Dec:
[05] - [07]

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Mon 22 - Syllabus, introduction to creating particle systems, emitter attributes, abstraction in film.

Lexture: [Intro to Particles/Emitters] - [Emitters] 

Assignment
: [Project 1]


Wed 24 - Particle emitters, dynamic relationships, fields, sprite particles. After Effects rendering.

Lecture: [Emitters] - [Particle Attribute Editor] - [Rendering Particles]   


Mon 29 - After Effects, critique of particle tests, particle color, fields

Lecture [After Effects Interface] - [AE Compositions] - [Rendering] - [Particle Color]

DUE: Three particle animation tests

Wed 31 - Per Particles, After Effects continued, how to find sounds.

Lecture: [Nucleus] - [Fields] - [Per Particle Array Attributes]


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Mon 5 - Labor Day - No School


Wed 7 - Critique of particle tests, Introduction to Audio (sound-scapes), particle collisions

Lecture: [ Sound FX ] [ Zoom Recorder ] [ Audio in SoundTrack] [Per Particle Array Attributes] [ Collisions ]

DUE: Six Particle tests using color with at least three composited with other elements

DUE: 10 sounds collected

Mon 12 - Critique

DUE: Abstract animation - 30 seconds done with some sound

Wed 14 - Critique continued


Mon 19 - Critique, SW particles, Credits

Maya Lecture: [Per Particle Array Attributes] [ Collisions ]

After Effects Lecture: [After Effects animating FX] [AE Masking & Keying] [AE Pre Comps]

Credits: [How to do credits]

DUE: Three-fourths done animation
Online Critique - click here to do THREE (3) different critiques of student work

Wed 21 - Workday

Online Critique - click here to do THREE (3) different critiques of student work


Mon 26 - Critique Project 1, Introduce Juxtaposition animation - Project 2, Assign Effects research

Research: [Assignments for Effects menu]

DUE: Abstract animation completed


Wed 28 - Research 1: Google Doc assignments, Project 2 intro and examples, Critique cont., Technical lecture

Lecture: [Attaching Geometry to Particles]

Assignment: [Project 2]


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Mon 3 - 4 Critiques, Revised Proj 1 due, Group Presentations on Effects (2), brainstorming, particle extras,

Lecture:

Assignment: Research 2 (pick partners)

Inclass - Project 2 initial ideas (brainstorming)

DUE: Research 1: Effects presentation with technical documentation Part 1

Wed 5 - Group Presentations on Effects, revised ideas

DUE: Revised abstract animation - Project 1

DUE: Project 2 revised ideas and 12+ research visuals/videos in homework folder

DUE: Research 1: Effects presentation with technical documentation Part 2

Mon 10 - Fall Break - No School


Wed 12 - Research Presentations, Paint Effects

Lecture: [Paint Effects] [Software Particles and Rendering]

DUE: Research 2: Gases, Fluids and Hair Presentation with technical documentation

Mon 17 - Critique and research presentations

Critique: Show environment and FX tests (5 minutes each)

DUE: Models and textures for Project 2 with particle tests

DUE: Research 2: Gases, Fluids and Hair Presentation with technical documentation

Wed 19 - More Special Effects Demos (Ericsson)

Lecture: List of FXs and ways to do them

DUE: Research 2 Continued: Gases, Fluids and Hair Presentation with technical documentation

Mon 24 - Work day and questions on FX for Project 2 (Ericsson)


Wed 26 - Critique of Juxtpostioning Animation, Introduction to Project 3

Assignment: [Project 3]

What is a Metaphor?
Similes and Metaphors

DUE: Project 2 Juxtapostion Animation completed

Mon 31 - metaphor and non-literal storytelling.

Animations:
The End - Chris Landreth
Bingo - Chris Landreth
OTTO by Salvatore Murgia
Nugget by Andreas Hykade
Tightrope - Digital Domain
Caldera - Evan Viera
Heart - Erick Oh
Balance - Wolfgang and Christoph Lauenstein, Germany, 1989


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Wed 2 - Cinematics, timing, transitions, staging

Assignment: Create a storyboard or visual plan

Video Tutorial:
Eisenstein's 5 Methods of Montage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzXFSBlQOe4
Cuts and Transitions
Continuity Editing
tutorial
The Psychology of Film Editing | Creative Post Production Techniques

Articles:
Excellent article on Cuts: http://www.lavideofilmmaker.com/filmmaking/film-editing-tips.html

Examples with Editing:
Smooth Transitions in Experimental Animation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsekcY04xvQ
Camera Movements: http://vimeo.com/72313173
Tension: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63pmIs8X_7s
The Wilhelm Scream - James Blake (Experimental Film Edit)
Haiku [Experimental Animation | Video Art]
OVERWERK - Force - Experimental Music Video

Other animations that use metaphor (not on the Internet):

Whirlygig - 1999 SIGGRAPH 133 VPr 2
Only! - Wooksang Chang 1999 SIGGRAPH 133 VPo 7
Division - 1999 SIGGRAPH 133 BW 5
Bike - 1999 SIGGRAPH 133 BW 6
Spatial Frames - SIGGRAPH 131/26

DUE: Revised Project 2 Juxtaposition turned into homework folder

Mon 7 - Discussion of final ideas

DUE: Final Project Idea presentation with visuals


Wed 9 - Storyboard/Visual road maps critique (half class critiques and work time)

DUE: Visual plan/storyboard for final - scanned and saved as JPEG


Mon 14 - Critique of Particle tests - small group critiques

Lecture: [Adding PE to Curves and Animating PE] [Brush Springs and Converting to Polygons] [Brushes]

DUE: Final Animation Progress: Four particle tests or modeling with textures

Wed 16 - Small group (4) critique of progress or Fieldtrip???

DUE: Final animation animatic - After Effects file laid out with storyboard and timing

Mon 21 - Workday

Individual meetings and work session


Wed 23 - Thanksgiving Holiday - No School


Mon 28 - Critique - half done

Speeding up Renders:

Maya Increase Overall Renders

DUE: Final Animation - one half done with some audio

Wed 30 - Render/Animation quantity inspection


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Mon 5 - Workday and feedback

DUE: Short Artist Statement about Animation Due

Wed 7 - Workday and feedback


Wed Dec 14th 3:30 - 5:30 - Critique of QT version (H.264) of final animation

DUE: Final Animation done - Make sure you have added credits and sound. Put animations in the homework folder.

DUE: Revision to artist statement

Fill in form with three animation URLs:

DUE: Three URLs to your videos (fill in form)