Typographic Animation Checkpoint

Today’s essential question: What do I need to do to complete my animation in the next 3-4 classes?

happy_mickeyThe Good

Some people have made great progress on their animations. Not only has Yoly posted her progress, but she wrote a reflection on what still looks weird in her animation so she knows what to work on over the next few classes. Everyone should do this moving forward.

Andrew has already completed an animation that fulfills the project requirements! What are some things that make his animation interesting?

 

angry_mickeyThe Bad

Several people are very far behind. Some people haven’t even posted storyboards! We have been working on this unit for 7 classes, and only have 3-4 classes left. If you are not animating in Flash by the end of today, you will need to start coming in during free periods to catch up.

Today we will:

  • Continue working on our animations
  • Post our progress to our blogs (this likely means exporting an unfinished MOV and uploading it to YouTube)
  • Write a few sentences on what you still need to complete or fix in your animation, especially anything you would like help with
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Typographic Animation Day 2: Converting Text to Vector Outlines in Illustrator

Today’s essential question: How can use Adobe Illustrator to create the graphics I will later animate in Flash?

Part 1: How to Convert Text to Vector Outlines in Adobe Illustrator

  1. Select the type tool. type_tool
  2. Change the size and typeface from the drop down menu at the top of the screen. Choose a large size (72-200pt) so you will be able to see your word.
    typeface_window
  3. Type some text.
    word
  4. Select the selection tool. selection_tool
  5. Type -> Create Outlines
  6. Object -> Ungroup
    This will separate the letters.
    outlines
  7. You can now move, scale and rotate individual letters with the selection tool.
    ungroup
  8. You can also select and move individual points on a letter with the direct selection tool. direct_selection_tool
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  9. You can thicken a letter by adjusting the stroke (Window -> stroke)
  10. Make sure you save your file as an Ai and PNG and post your progress to your blog.

Why might you want to convert each letter (or even part of a letter) into separate graphics before bringing them into Flash?

Part 2: How to Import Vector Graphics into Flash

  1. Make a new Flash file
  2. File -> Import -> Import to Library
    menu_Screen_Shot
    import_to_library
  3. Select “Convert to Flash Layers”
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  4. Go to the library and drag each graphic onto its own layer in your timeline.

Today we will:

  • create our word graphics in Illustrator
  • save our file as both a Ai and PNG
  • import our graphics into Flash
  • make a new blog post with images of our progress
  • back all our files up to our animation folders in our Google Drives

Missing Assignments

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A brief animation about the last week of the marking period

Today we will complete and post any missing assignments to our blogs.

The following students are missing the following assignments:

  • Exzavier – Ghost Dog, Motion Path, Bookmark Artist Statement
  • Yoly – Motion Path
  • Carla – Ball, Ghost Dog, Cat, Motion Path, Bookmark Artist Statement
  • Tina – Cat, Bookmark Artist Statement (current artist statement is way too short)
  • Aiden – Bookmark Artist Statement
  • Narionna – Motion Path, Bookmark Artist Statement
  • Andrew – Motion Path
  • Brandon – Ball (video does not load), Cat, Motion Path

Here are links to the assignments:

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Need community service hours? Free this Saturday?
Check out the following March for Science volunteering needs:

Marshal (2 hr)

Marshals would help direct pedestrian traffic around the Rally with a focus on assisting people with wheels. At the end of the Rally, they would march with the group and would be responsible for keeping the march on course. Would need to start at 11AM

Event photographer. (2-6hrs based on availability.)
Will begin photographing attendees and venue at the Rally, during the march, and at the expo. Begins at 11:30 amand continues as long as the student wishes.
AV specialist. (3-4hrs)
Will monitor sound and video equipment in the Expo speaker area and aid presenters when needed. Starts at 11:30 AM. This person may also volunteer as a marshal which would involve attending the rally, marching and ensuring the crowd stays on course. If marshaling, they would need to arrive at the Expo by 11:00 am to allow travel time to the rally.
Zero Waste Ambassadors. (2-6 hrs)
Will work with Impact Earth to teach people about recycling. Need help at rally site (2 hr) and expo site (4 hr) may also serve as a marshal (extra 1 hour)
NASA coach. (4hrs)
Coaches kids as they play a NASA’s space rocks game. Involves throwing rocks around the Expo. Would need to be comfortable working directly with children.

Today we will:

  • Complete any missing assignments and post them to our blogs.

New Project: Typographic Animation

Today’s essential question: How can I depict the meaning of a word using only the letters in the word and definition?

Today we will introduce our typographic word animation project and create storyboards for potential animations. We will sketch each of the major keyframes, write a written description of the action, and identify which Flash tutorials and tools we will use to create each action (ex. scale, rotation, transparency, motion path). If you are not sure which tool to use, ask a classmate or Ms. Lawson for help! You must post a photo of your storyboard and a one paragraph description of your planned animation in order to receive credit.

Typographic Animation Project Requirements

  • Created in Adobe Flash
  • Uses only the letters in the word (and potentially the definition of the word)
  • Illustrates the meaning of the word
  • Follows the Principles of Animation
  • Sound adds to the meaning of the piece
  • 5 seconds long

Typographic Animation Examples

Examples of typographic animations created by previous SOTA Students:

Random internet examples of typographic bumper animations:

Animation Project Planning Blog Post Requirements:

Here is an example of what I am looking for in a storyboard:
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Here are some examples of typographic animation project proposals created by previous SOTA students:

Today we will:

  • Introduce the typographic word animation project
  • Sketch storyboards for potential animations
  • Create a new blog post with the following:
    • A photo of our storyboard. Your storyboard must include:
      • sketch each of the major keyframe
      • a written description of the action
      • a list of which Flash tutorials and tools you will use for each part of the animation (ex. scale, rotation, transparency, motion path)
    • A few sentences describing your planned animation

 

 

Animation Tutorials Day 3: Rotation Points

Today’s essential question: How can I use the transform tool and rotation points to animate a moving character in Adobe Flash? 

Today we will complete the Cat Rotation tutorial. Then we will finish any missing/incomplete animation tutorials from last week.

Cat Rotation Tutorial

This tutorial will teach you how to set anchor points and how to rotate objects around those anchor points. You will need to sign into your school Google Drive account, open the Animation folder I have shared with you, and download the “black_cat.psd” file. Do not try to use your own image for this tutorial, as it will not have the body parts on separate layers like this file does.

 

 

Missing Tutorials

The following people still need to upload their MOV files to YouTube and post a link to their blogs:

  • Exzavier – Bouncing Ball, Ghost Dog Transparency, Motion Path
  • Yoly – Ghost Dog Transparency, Motion Path
  • Carla – Bouncing Ball, Ghost Dog Transparency, Motion Path
  • Narionna – Motion Path
  • Andrew – Motion Path
  • Brandon – Bouncing Ball, Ghost Dog Transparency, Motion Path

Today we will:

  • Complete Cat Rotation tutorial, upload both the flash and swf files to the animation folders in our school Google Drive accounts, and make sure we have shared the folder with Ms. Lawson
  • Upload the Cat Rotation animation to YouTube
  • Create a new blog post with the following:
    • link to completed Cat Rotation Animation
    • a few sentences on our blog summarizing any challenges you faced today, how you worked through those challenges, and how you currently feel about computer animation.
  • Finish any missing/incomplete animation tutorials and post those links to your blog

Animation Tutorials Day 2: Transparency & Motion Path

Today’s essential question: How can I use alpha channels to create fade effects when animating in Adobe Flash? How can I animate an object moving along a motion path?

Today we will learn how to fade and object in Flash as well as move an object along a path.

Ghost Dog Transparency Tutorial

This tutorial will teach you how to fade an object. Complete the Ghost Dog Transparency tutorial. Save the image of the ghost dog from this blog post, or download your own image with a transparent background to use.

 

Motion Path Tutorial


This tutorial will teach you how to animate an object that moves along a motion path.

Today we will:

  • Complete Ghost Dog Transparency tutorial, upload both the flash and swf files to the animation folders in our school Google Drive accounts, and make sure we have shared the folder with Ms. Lawson
  • Complete Motion Path tutorial, upload both the flash and swf files to the animation folders in our school Google Drive accounts, and make sure we have shared the folder with Ms. Lawson
  • Upload both the Cat Rotation and Motion Path animations to YouTube
  • Create a new blog post with the following:
    • completed Ghost Dog Transparency Animation
    • completed Motion Path Animation
    • a few sentences on our blog summarizing any challenges you faced today, how you worked through those challenges, and how you currently feel about computer animation.

Animation Tutorials Day 1: Bouncing Ball & Ghost Dog Transparency Tutorials

Today’s essential questions: How can I use the principles of animation to animate a bouncing ball in Adobe Flash? How can I use alpha channels to create fade effects when animating in Adobe Flash?

Today we will begin our animation unit by completing two tutorials in Flash.
They will teach us how to fade an object, and how to animate a bouncing ball.

Bouncing Ball Tutorial


Open Adobe Flash on your computer.
Then follow the steps in this handout to animate a bouncing ball!

Ghost Dog Transparency Tutorial


Complete the Ghost Dog Transparency tutorial. Save the image of the ghost dog from this blog post, or download your own image with a transparent background to use.

Uploading a Flash Animation to YouTube

You will need to save all your flash files and upload them to your Google Drive (this will also allow you to open up the file and make changes at a later date if needed), but you will not be able to post this file format to YouTube. Therefore, you must also export an MOV of each tutorial and post that to YouTube in order to receive credit. Here is how you can export an MOV file from Flash:

  1. Click File -> Export -> Export Movie
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  2. Select Quicktime from the drop down menu, name your file with your name, and press export
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  3. Upload the MOV to YouTube and link it in today’s blog post

Today we will:

  • Complete the following tutorials:
    • Bouncing Ball
    • Ghost Dog Transparency
  • Upload the Animations to YouTube
  • Create a New Blog Post with the Following
    • Finished Bouncing Ball Animation
    • Finished Ghost Dog Transparency Animation
    • A few sentences describing any challenges you faced and how you worked through those challenges