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 Lecture 4: Scratch on Film
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Critique: Look at final Morph Flipbook

Teach: how to scan morph flipbook

Students to do: Scan each card, number them sequentially and save in a folder. Import into After Effects and make a movie.

In Photoshop - File - Import - Images from Device...

Place card on the scanner in the TOP RIGHT corner (the other corners cut it off)

Stretch the window really big

Move all the little dashed lines to surround your index card

Set the following settings:


The Overview will rescan if you move your card.

Scan one to test and make sure it is correct before doing the rest.

Take the card out and put new card in and SCAN

Repeat forever (ha ha)

Each card should be on the desktop

Put them into a folder and bring them into After Effects and make an animation (see instructions below)

Assign group presentation

2 students per topic and they get two topics
google Docs

Click for Student Topic Assignments

Due dates to be announced

Week 4 Thursday
Slow in - Slow out
Squash and Stretch



Scratch on Film Assignment: Experiment with Timing and Rhythms
Scratch directly on 10' of 16mm black film leader.

1. Position the film strip with the sprocket holes (Perforation) on the left hand side, and the order of the frames / sequence will be up as beginning, and the tail as the end.

2. The right hand side of the film you can experiment with scratching / designing sound (Optical Sound Track), it is optional, not required.

3. For scratching tool, use Xacto knife of equivalent

4. For coloring, please use Sharpie only

5. Leave 12 frames head black, and 12 frames tail black (unscratched)

6. Scratch 12 frames of your name before starting your film



Make effective use of the frame
Animate on beats
Directing the eyes
Illusion of 3D

Genres of films that can be made:
Visual Music (abstract)
Whimsical (Norman McLaren)



Screening and discussion:

· Previous assignment
· Early Abstractions 1-5, 7 and 10, Harry Smith

· Begone Dull Care, Norman McClaren
· Mothlight, Stan Brakhage (16mm)
· Scott Pilgram vs. the World, opening credits
· Free Radicals, Len Lye
· Two Sisters, Caroline Leaf