New Project: Typographic Animation

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Today we will begin our animation unit.

There will be three parts to this unit:

Part 1: Animation Mini Lessons

You must export the flash file as a SWF, upload to Google Drive, and share the file with Ms. Lawson in order to receive credit.

  • Bouncing Ball
  • Cat Rotation
  • Ghost Dog Transparency
  • Masking
  • Motion Path

Part 2: Typographic Vector Still

Vector Still Project Requirements:
  • Created in Adobe Illustrator
  • Illustrates the meaning of the word
  • Uses only the letters in the word (and potentially the definition of the word)
  • Follows Principles of Graphic Design
Examples of Typographic Vector Stills

 

Part 3: 5 Second Bumper Animation that Brings the Typographic Still to Life

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
Examples of typographic bumper animations:

Precursors to Animation

Thaumatrope

thaumatrope.jpgA thaumatrope is an optical toy that was popular in the 19th century. A disk with a picture on each side is attached to two pieces of string. When the strings are twirled quickly between the fingers the two pictures appear to blend into one due to the persistence of vision. Thaumatropes are often seen as important antecedents of motion pictures and in particular of animation.

Play with the thaumatrope Ms. Lawson has brought in. If you have time, try making your own.

Flip Book

flip_bookA flip book is a book with a series of pictures that vary gradually from one page to the next, so that when the pages are turned rapidly, the pictures appear to animate by simulating motion or some other change. Flip books are essentially a primitive form of animation. They rely on persistence of vision to create the illusion that continuous motion is being seen rather than a series of discontinuous images being exchanged in succession

Play with the flip book Ms. Lawson has brought in. If you have time, try making your own.

Today we will:

  • Overview the animation unit
  • View examples of typographic illustrations and animations
  • Learn the basics of animation with the following hands-on exercises:
    • Thaumatrope
    • Flip Book
  • Create a new blog post with the answers to the following questions:
    • How does animation work? (Hint: it is an optical illusion)
    • How does computer animation save time over traditional hand-drawn animation?
    • Describe your favorite word animation from today’s class. What did you like about it?
    • Describe your current feelings about the animation unit.
  • If you have not yet finished your Green Screen project (complete with artist statement), please do so ASAP.
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