09 Making Things Move

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:

A04 Introduction

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:

A04 Process

  1. Find a reading and topic that interest you.
  2. Do any additional research (as needed).
  3. Select an approach to work with.
  4. Design your message.
  5. Iterate, iterate, iterate.

A04 Materials

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.


Photo Flipbooks

Flipbook Pieces


A flipbook of photographs?


Drawing it yourself.





Key Frames

Much like our storyboards, you should plan the major changes.

Create your own keyframe storyboards.

Animation Basics


The speed of an action, which gives meaning to the movement.

Smooth Timing

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.

A02 Return

Grades will be released by the end of the week. Some common things:

For next week

Please remember!

  1. Bring a camera to next week's lecture
  2. Complete your initial A04 thoughts


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