Project Planning Post: Animation Storyboard or Senior Opt Out

Today we will plan our projects. You will receive a 10-point grade for this blog post.

Animation planning post requirements:

  • Photo of the storyboard sketches.
    Each of the main frames sketched out.
    Jenna has done a great job sketching the overall animation:
  • Broad Paragraph describing your animation.
    Example: “My animation will show a vine growing to reveal the word, “grow.” I will use mask effects to reveal more and more of the word. Once the entire word is visible on the screen, I will use the transform tool to have flowers and leaves start small and literally grow from the word/vines. I will use tweens and easing to make my animation look realistic. My vines will be green. I am still deciding on a background color.”
  • Specific description of action/tweens.
    Each main frame/transition should be labeled with the tutorial that will show you how to create that effect
    Example: “I will use masks to reveal the words in grow. I will consult the flower mask tutorial if I forget how to do this over break. The leaves will grow in from a point on one side. I will also consult the flower mask tutorial, as it shows how to change a registration point and scale from one side.”

Senior Op Out Proposal Requirements:

  • Answer all questions in the senior opt out form
  • Include images
  • Proposal must reflect several weeks of 12th grade level work. Projects that are too basic for 12th grade students or look like they have been thrown together will receive an F.
  • Bayleigh has created an excellent opt out example

Today we will:

  • Plan our animation projects or senior opt out
  • Create a new blog post that meets all of the requirements listed above

Animation Tutorial Catch Up Day

Folders have been updated. Please check your class folder for a list of tasks to complete today.
No one should be working on their typographic animation or Illustrator image today.

Today we will finish any missing or incomplete tutorials, place both the Flash and SWF files of each completed tutorial in a folder labeled with your name, upload the folder to your school Google Drive Account, and share the folder with Ms. Lawson.

RIT’s Spring Preview Day is next Friday, April 21st. If you are interested in attending, please register here.

Today we will:

  • Finish any of the following tutorials (if you have not yet already done so):
  • Upload both the flash and swf files of any tutorials we have completed to the animation folders in our school Google Drive accounts, and make sure we have shared the folder with Ms. Lawson.
    All completed tutorials must be in the same folder, and the folder must be clearly marked with your name in order to receive credit.
  • If  time allows, work on our storyboard sketches.

Part 2: Storyboards and Typographic Still

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 create storyboards for potential animations. We will use the various storyboard frames to determine the single best image to use for the vector still we create in Illustrator. If we have time, we will begin creating our vector still in Adobe Illustrator.

Here is an example of what I am looking for in a storyboard:

Here is an example of the completed vector still:

Here is the final animation.

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.
  3. Type some text.
  4. Select the selection tool. selection_tool
  5. Type -> Create Outlines
  6. Object -> Ungroup
    This will separate the letters.
  7. You can now move, scale and rotate individual letters with the selection tool.
  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 a PDF and post your progress to your blog.

Today we will:

  • Sketch storyboards for potential animations
  • Create a new blog post with the following:
    • A photo of our storyboard (circle the frame or frames you think would make the best vector still)
    • A well-developed sketch of your planned vector still
    • A few sentences describing your planned animation
  • If time allows, begin creating our vector still in Adobe Illustrator