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Assignment 3 - Kinestatis
Due Dates:

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 - Section 2
Storyboard & Cue Sheet: In class discussion with the instructor.
Intent & Narration: Upload to the web server.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - Section 2
Thursday, October 22, 2009 - Section 1
Animation: In class critiques; assignment(including storyboard, source images and animation) must be uploaded to web.
Note: You'll also need to present your cue sheet in class if you are in section 1.

Objectives:
To examine narrative/non-narrative development using kinestasis techniques; develop good storyboarding and continuity in-action skills.


Guidelines:
Using one image of your choosing, create one animation that follows one genre of media design (narrative, documentary, design or intuitive).

Select 3 images as possible images to use. When selecting images, consider that there should be many elements containing "action" within. Your instructor will approve one of these images based on your draft storyboards.

Preliminary sketches, storyboards, ideas, technical issues and cue sheets should be drawn or placed in your journals. Make prints or extra copies of your source image(s) and place those in your journals. Draw possible "camera" shots right on these and number them. Make notes of any possible effects or filters that you will need or would like to use. Try to identify any technical issues that you will have to overcome and make note of those in your journal as well.

Write the storyline for the narrative/non-narrative design structure you choose for this image and describe the pace that this kind of a story should have: fast, slow, building, abrupt, chaotic...

Your finalized storyboard should include clearly drawn frames for ALL key points in the intended animation.

Before you start animating, create a cue sheet similar to the one in the handout and use it to track all visual compositions, shot durations, movements and effects.

Now it's time to get your source images into a proper and workable state. Remember, kinestasis requires lots of zooming and panning so all of your footage needs to be at least the same size, if not larger, than the final output of your animation. Scan in the approved image at scale appropriate to your use within your animation. Cut up portions of the image, resize as necessary and save as separate footage files to be imported into AE. Apply any effects, filters or make any corrections, or adjustments to any of your footage files if needed. Give all images an appropriate name and import them into AE.

Animate the footage files according to your storyboard and cue sheet, using scale, position, opacity and effects. Adjust the interpolation curve to adjust subtle timing.


Requirements:
Missing storyboard or intent & narration or source images will result in the lowering of the student's grade by a half letter.

Storyboard & Cue sheet:

  1. Discuss your images, storyboards and cue sheets with the instructor in class.
  2. Click here to download the storyboard template.
  3. When you've completed your storyboarding, follow the Storyboard Guidelines to scan your storyboard and save them as JPEG format within the created folder titled Assignment3/storyboard on your hard drive node.
  4. Assemble scanned pages of your storyboard into one file storyboard.pdf for uploading to the web server.
  5. Copy storyboard.pdf to your Assignment3 directory on the web server, as directed in class.

    Your storyboard must be uploaded AND functioning by the beginning of the class period on the animation due date
Intent & Narration:
In your intent and narration you should have:
  1. A concise paragraph of 100 - 200 words;
  2. The genre of media design your animation follows;
  3. Your storyline, and describe the visual style you choose, as well as the pace that this kind of a story should have: fast, slow, building, abrupt, chaotic...
  4. Save it as intent.txt within the Assignment3 directory. Then copy intent.txt to your Assignment3 directory on the web server as directed in class


  5. Your intent & narration must be uploaded AND functioning by the intent & narration due date.
Source Image:
  1. Resize your source image to 320 pixels wide by 240 pixels high (or similar size for image whose aspect ratio is not 4:3) and save it as a3source.jpg (JPEG format) within the created folder titled Assignment3 on your hard drive node.
  2. Copy a3source.jpg to your Assignment3 directory on the web server as directed in class.


  3. Your source image must be uploaded AND functioning by the beginning of the class period on the animation due date.

Animation:
  1. Animation should be 320x240 pixels in size and between 30 and 60 seconds in length @ 15 fps.
  2. When finished make a movie with the following render settings:
    320x240, 15 fps, QuickTime format, MPEG-4 Video Compressor at 75%(High) quality.
  3. Follow the steps of Preparing Movie Files for the Web to compress your animation. It should be named YourLastName_3.mov.
  4. Copy your movie to your Assignment3 directory on the web server as directed in class.


  5. Your animations must be uploaded AND functioning by the beginning of the animation due date.