In-class Work Day

Today we're going to work in class on our midterm projects, but let's first do an exercise in style frame animation. [Download the tutorial PDF] and [the exercise files]. Here's an example of what we're going to create:


After we have completed the above lesson, I want to go around and look at all your projects to check your progress ahead of the midterm presentations on Nov. 13. Have questions ready for me. Here is a quick rundown of what you'll need for a successful midterm presentation:

  1. Your actual body in the room at or before 6:00pm on November 13, 2014! An easy one, but totes crucial...
  2. A body that isn't in a vegetative state (Stay awake! Involve yourself in other peoples' projects!). Unclear about this? See Item 1.
  3. A cohesive– and brief! – statement of your project concept. Use this formula:
    • My project is a __ minute animation that (  involves/ is based on/ features/ combines/etc) _______ and _______.  |  (Or something to this effect)
    • Try to keep it to one or two sentences that roll off your tongue in under 10 or 11 seconds.  
  4. Scanned Sketches, diagrams, thumbnails, and/or notes that you used while brainstorming ideas for your project.
  5. Style-frame: this one is (sort of) optional, depending on your project. However, most of you definitely need one.
  6. Story Board: Definitely not optional, a storyboard let's us know that you have a cohesive narrative arc (story) in mind for your final product.
  7. Any Rendered composition you might have at this time. Some of you are farther along than others...and that's fine. If you have some execution of your idea that you have experimented with in After Effects – even if you don't like the results – we need to see it. It will help us help you
  8. few good questions for those watching your presentation.
  9. OPP: OMG, remember that jam?! No? Well, no matter: this OPP stands for Other People's Projects, which you should most definitely be down with. Show your fellow students support by taking interest in their projects, offering solutions to problems they might have, and giving constructive criticism. You get graded on this as much as you get graded on anything else.