Close All Laptops Please
Only the back half of the class may use their laptops.
Making Things Move
The Final Countdown
Just an overview of the next couple weeks:
- Week 9 (today): Basics of animation
- Week 10: Stop. Motion and Quiz 4
- Week 11: Course recap, exam prep and A04 feedback time
- Week 12: A04 due, take-home exam distributed
- Week 13: In-lecture exam
Your final assignment allows you to approach a topic of interest to you. Based on a reading of your choosing (from this course or anywhere else), you will communicate the topic or message using:
- Digital photography
- Text+image combinations
- Graphic narratives
- Find a reading and topic that interest you.
- Do any additional research (as needed).
- Select an approach to work with.
- Design your message.
- Iterate, iterate, iterate.
Any materials that are not your own must be cited. You may work with other's materials, but remember that the project must demonstrate your own design skills.
- Components of a flipbook:
- Key frames
A flipbook of photographs?
Drawing it yourself.
Much like our storyboards, you should plan the major changes.
Create your own keyframe storyboards.
- Fast+slow moving imagery
- Changes in scale
- Moving off the page
- Squash & Stretch
The speed of an action, which gives meaning to the movement.
To achieve smooth animation, a pair of keyframes may have hundreds of frames between.
Using anticipation you can prepare the audience for an action. While a lack of anticipation can create a sense of surprise.
Things don't move at a constant rate, they have to accelerate (ease in) and decelerate (ease out).
Perfect imitations of reality can look static or dull. You want to use exaggeration to emphasize.
Squash & Stretch
Squashing and stretching objects gives them a sense of weight and flexibility.
Make Your Flipbooks
Translate your storyboards into flipbooks.
Grades will be released by the end of the week. Some common things:
- Analysis and process reflection were generally better
- Distinct lack of labelling on text+image pairings
- Further attention to application of design principles
- Some direct pulls from internet (not acceptable)
For next week
- Bring a camera to next week's lecture
- Complete your initial A04 thoughts
How to Contact Andrew
- Office Hours:
- Wednesdays from 11:30-12:20 at SFU Surrey on the mezzanine
- Thursdays from 1:30-2:20pm outside SSC-B9201
- Fridays from 10:30-11:00 at SFU Surrey on the mezzanine
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 778.782.9747
- Office: Room 2816 (SFU Surrey)