Class Schedule - Fall 2013 - ARTC 3100 - Bowling Green State University
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Final Project Description

Sound Library Tutorial

  • This is a tentative schedule and is subject to change.
  Schedule: Assignment:
Week 1

8/27 Tue


Intro to Animation Techniques

  • Class objectives & expectations
  • Screening:

Assigned: Due 09/05

zoetrope template will be provided


8/29 Thur

Demo of animating with a light table

Animating with Photoshop

In class Ball bounce

Introduction to the 12 Principles of Animation

Assigned:Due 09/05


Week 2

9/3 Tue

Camera-less Techinque

Choreography and Composition, Cameraless technique (draw on film/ scratch on film)

*Finish Production Lab Sign-up Sheet



  • Bouncing Ball Animation
  • 2 Cards for Morph Book
9/5 Thur


  • zoetropes and flipbook


  • Arrange Group Presentation Assignment
  • Timing



  • 2 Zoetropes and 1 Flipbook: journey

Week 3

9/10 Tue

Object Animation

Bringing Objects to Life with Emotion

  • Assignment: Object Animation

  • Screening: see lecture5

  • Reminder: Presentations

  • Demo: Technical training of using DSLR

  • Assigned:
    • Object Animation: Animate a 3D object under the camera that depicts personality and emotion. (Requirement: the animation should be at least 5 seconds) - Thur 9/19


  • 1 Flipbook: morph
  • Bring in Lab Schedule Printout
9/12 Thur

Critique: Ball Bounce with obstacles

In-class exercise: Under the camera animation

Group In-class exercise: under the camera animation

IMPORTANT: The scratch on film is DUE THURS
If you do not bring it in, you receive an F
No LATE assignments will be accepted.


  • Name Slate
  • Ball Bounce with obstacles
Week 4

9/17 Tue

Food Animation

  • Intro to After Effects: Demonstrate how to put object animation frames into AfterEffects, scaling clips - experiment by intepreting footage on 24fps


  • Food Animation - Due 9/26: Animate food and use the replacement technique.

    Animate a scenario that involves Anticipation, Squash & Stretch, and use food to create transition.

  • No liquids, perishables, no raw meat.
  • Group collaboration is encouraged (each person still need to produce 5 sec minimum).
  • Note:
    1. Prepare your idea for the animation prior to coming to the lab. But be open minded so you can animate from the previous student's setup.

    2. Clean up the spill or mess, while leaving your animation setup for the next student. The last person in the sequence will need to clean up the food.



  • Scratch on Film Assignment


9/19 Thur

Due Thurs 9/19 - Bring object animation frames into After Effects and make movies (Comp settings: 24fps, Intepret footage 12 fps, HD 1080p - 1960 x 1080)

Critique of Object Animation

Group Presentation: Squash & Stretch

Group Presentation: Timing and Spacing

Group Presentation: Slow-in and Slow-out

Group Presentation: Anticipation


  • Object Animation
Week 5

9/24 Tue

Paper Cut-out

Week 5 Day 1 Notes

Prep: Setup Video Camera to record Scratch on Film

Critique: Scratch-on-Film animation

Discuss assignments (cut paper animation)

Screening: Cut out animations

Demonstrating Making Cut-out Paper Animation (thread and needle / rivot)



9/26 Thur

Week 5 Day 2 Notes

Demonstrate how to flip animation in After Effects, Effects - Brightness Contrast / Hue Saturation Brightness

Look at Cut out puppets and elements

Look at Backgrounds

Critique: Food Animation

Screening: More cut out animation

Introduce rotoscope animation

Screening: Rotoscope animation


Class notes Day 1


  • Food animation all shots


  • Background for Cut Paper Animation


  • Puppet or Elements for Cut Paper Animation
Week 6

10/1 Tue

A.E. Puppet

Rotoscope (cont.)

After Effects Lecture: (importing Photoshop files, setting keys, animating with transform tools (move, scale, rotate), Animation Easy Ease

Screening: Insanely Twisted Shadow Puppets




10/3 Thur

Critique: Cut out paper animation

Rotoscope inclass exercise


Due: Cut out paper animation

Week 7

10/8 Tue


Critique: AE Puppet Pin Tool Animation

Rotoscope technique in Photoshop

Introduce the pixilation technique

Show examples of Pixilation

Class notes Day 1


Due: After Effects Puppet Pin Tool Animation

10/10 Thur

Fall Break (10/10-10/13)


Week 8

10/15 Tue


Pixilation In Class Exercise

Class notes Day 2

Animating clay


  • Clay Animation:Transformation and Metamorphosis
    • Explore the qualities of clay: plasticity, elasticity, weight, and texture. Incorporate one morph and one replacement technique. Include overlapping action, secondary motion or follow through
  • Reminder: Rotoscope tracing is done today, 10/15. The final film is due Thursday (11/19)

Group Presentation: Pose & Silhouette

Group Presentation: Line of Action

Group Presentation: Staging (Layout, Composition)

Due: Rotoscope Tracing on paper

10/17 Thur


Pixilation: in-class Production


Week 9

10/22 Tue


Introduce sand animation

Screenings: Sand animation


Group Presentation: Arcs

Group Presentation: Exaggeration

Group Presentation: Balance & Weight



10/24 Thur

Critique: Clay Animation

Critique: Pixilation Animation


Group Presentation: Follow Through / Overlapping Action

Group Presentation: Secondary Motion

Group Presentation: Straight Ahead vs Pose to Pose

Group Presentation: Appeal



Due: Clay animation

Due: Pixilation animation


Week 10

10/29 Tue

Paint on glass



  • Due: 11/7 Paint-on-glass Animation
Class notes Day 1


10/31 Thur

Critique: Sand Animation

Group Presentation: Solid Drawing

Group Presentation: Beat and Rhythm


  • Due 12/12: Final Animation
    • The final project is required to have sound track and sound design.
  • Due 11/14: Final proposal
  • Due 11/21: storyboard
  • Bring Flashlights or your own lightng device.
  • Bring Color Gels

Class notes


Due: Sand Animation

Week 11

11/5 Tue

Light Painting

Ligting Painting Animation

In-class Assignment




  • Bring Flashlights
  • Bring Color Gels
11/7 Thur

Critique: Paint on Glass Animation


  • Rotoscope Design on paper lab session:
    • Use your lab time for photographing your rotoscope design and make a Quicktime film, due 11/14.
    • Sound Required
  • Final Proposals (11/14)

Work-in-Class: Rotoscope

Due: Paint on Glass Animation

Week 12

11/12 Tue


Critique: Light Painting Animation

Stopmotion Animation

How to Build a Puppet


Student will create / prepare simple 3D puppet and a simple set, and create a short animation




11/14 Thur

Critique: Final Proposals


  • Due 11/21: Storyboard or Visual Guide
  • Revise your final proposal and create a storyboard or visual guide.

Due: Final Project Proposal

Week 13

11/19 Tue

Critique: Rotoscope Animation

Final Projet Production Tools:

  • Zoom Recorder
  • Sound Library
  • Sound Track Pro
  • After Effects tutorial, Green Screen

Due: Rotoscope Animation

11/21 Thur

Critique: Puppet Animation

Critique: Storyboard

Due: Storyboard

Due: Puppet Animation

Week 14
11/26 Tue

Work-in-Class- Individual meeting


11/28 Thur

1/3 done with audio

Due: 1/3 done final animation

Week 15
12/4 Tue

Screening of animation

Work-in-Class- Individual meetings


12/6 Thur

Critique: 2/3 done with audio

Due: 2/3 done final animation

Week 16
12/10 Tue Work-in-Class- Individual meetings


12/12 Thr

Final Critique (Initial Review)

Due: Final Animation

Week 17

12/19 Thur

Final Revision Critique

Classroom Cleanup


8:30 am - 10:30 am

Due: Final Animation Revision