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Animation – Semester 2

 
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Animation – Semester 2

Recommended Grade Level: 11 - 12

Animation Semester 2

Are you inherently creative? Do you have an eye for drawing, technology, and timing? If so, 2D Animation is the course for you! 2D animation creates movement in a two-dimensional artistic space. And in this course, you will learn the necessary skills to do just that. 2D Animation will give you the tools to conceptualize and bring your animation dreams to life! Using a variety of software and design programs, you’ll have the power to transform your creative notions into reality! Design, define, and complete a variety of digital design projects including creating your own website! Learning about 2D Animation could lead to a thriving career in the growing world of technology and animation!

Credit: 0.5

 

Prerequisites:

 

Required Materials:

The following program will need to be downloaded for use during the course:

Stop Motion Studio App

The following free, cross-platform programs will need to be downloaded for use during the course (programs will run on Windows Vista and above, Mac OSX 10.6 and above, or Linux):

  • GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)
  • TupiTube Desk
  • Blender version 2.79b
  • Audacity
  • OpenShot

Required Computer System Requirements:

  • 32-bit dual core 2Ghz CPU with SSE2 support.
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 24 bits 1280×768 display
  • Mouse or trackpad
  • OpenGL 2.1 compatible graphics with 512 MB RAM

Recommended Items and Computer System Requirements:

  • Smartphone or tablet computer
  • Computer with keyboard that includes number pad
  • 64-bit quad core CPU
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Full HD display with 24 bit color
  • Three button mouse
  • OpenGL 3.2 compatible graphics with 2 GB RAM

Additional Materials:

  • Paper, pencil or pens
  • Magazines and/or newspapers

Syllabus:

Unit 7: Intro to Blender

Have you ever watched a modern animated movie and wondered how they created those incredibly detailed and compelling characters and worlds? With extremely realistic lighting, physics, and even hair, fur, and skin, the world of 3D animation has become truly rich and visually compelling. In this unit, we will learn about the popular, open source, yet powerful, 3D modeling and animation software called Blender.

What will you learn in this unit?

  • Explain the difference between motion capture and keyframe animation
  • Grasp the power of modern animation techniques, including bones, muscles, and rigging
  • Understand the process of simulating water, hair, and other dynamics
  • Navigate the Blender interface
  • Create simple animations using parenting, movement, rotation and scaling along with keyframes

Unit 8: Character Modeling

Have you ever watched an extremely vivid, polished animated movies or 3D video games and wondered to yourself: How do they create those 3D characters? We’re going to begin by exploring the basic tools and techniques involved in creating the 3D models for characters, and then you’ll even get to create a 3D character model of your own!

What will you learn in this unit?

  • Use various modeling techniques to create a character model
  • Hide background geometry
  • Navigate the 3D view using shortcuts
  • Switch between perspective and orthographic mode
  • Understand and apply the principles of topology

Unit 9: Character Animation

At some point, you have probably watched a modern animated movie like Ice Age or Shrek, or played a modern, high-end computer game and asked yourself: How did they make those characters move so realistically, and believably? Well…you’re about to find out! Get ready to take a look at the basic process involved in rigging, skinning, and animating a 3D character.

What will you learn in this unit?

  • Create an armature rig to fit a bipedal character model
  • Skin, or attach, a character model to a rig so that it deforms like skin with the movements of the various bones
  • Develop a seamless walk cycle for a rigged character model

Unit 10: Storytelling

Want to go to the movies? Well, why do people go? Because of the story! It draws them in, makes them care about the characters, and it lets them immerse themselves in another world. Storytelling is as old as the cavemen, and it is the best way to entertain modern humans as well. How do you make sure your story will captivate the audience? We have the secrets and the tricks right here—come along and we will tell you a story about telling a story!

What will you learn in this unit?

  • Write dialogue and action in proper film script format
  • Understand three-act script structure
  • Identify camera shots, angles, and movement
  • Create storyboards for animation

Unit 11: Video, Music, & Sound

Silent films were great when they first came out, but now that we can have music, sound, and talking in our films… let’s do it! From recording voice acting to making your own sound effects, putting sound to animation is an exercise in imagination and precision. After all, you don’t want that “pop!” to be heard before the popcorn actually starts to pop or the “crash” to occur before the block tower comes toppling over. Funny, quirky, spooky, or serious—the sounds included in your animation and how you make them are really all up to you!

What will you learn in this unit?

  • Appreciate how sound affects emotions
  • Record good voice acting for animation
  • Match animated mouth shapes to the sounds of speech
  • Design and edit a simple soundtrack for video
  • Add titles and export an animation with sound

Unit 12: Careers in Animation

Animation is fun stuff! Who wouldn’t want to spend their days making amusing characters do silly things to entertain the masses? Well, perhaps you have a more serious side and would like to apply your talents to medicine or engineering. That is possible for animators too! Whatever your dream, today is the first day on the path to a lifetime of fulfilling work as an animator. Seize the day!

What will you learn in this unit?

  • Put together a portfolio of your work
  • Recognize plagiarism and know how to avoid it in animation
  • Pitch your animation project
  • Understand the difference between jobs in animation vs. game design
  • Describe how to protect your digital animation work

 

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