Notes for all exercises:
Create Compositions of 720x480 pixels (square).
You will be making a DVD at the end of class, so save your Projects and Compositions.
Exercises are not complete until they are on the class server, named correctly, and displaying through the web interface.
There are storyboard template in AI and TIFF format.


Exercise 1

The DOT. Through only modulating the size and grayscale value of a dot, express a transition between two kinetic states in 10-20 seconds. For example, communicate the transition from agitated to calm or from mechanical to organic movement. Remember, a “dot” doesn’t have to be a geometric circle but should not be representational. Be prepared to discuss at least five ideas in class 06 October.

Deliverables
360 x 240 QuickTime movie and thumbnail image
Place the files in your personal directory in the class “projects” directory and have it displaying through the web interface



Exercise 2

DOT & LINE. Through simultaneously modulating the visual and kinetic variables, express a relationship between a dot and a line. Develop and communicate this relationship in a 10-20 second animation. The relationship can be narrative or formal. Express this relation through moving (or not moving) the elements, rather than changing their shape. Restrict the palette to grayscale values.

Visual variables of Bertin
Position, Size, Value, Texture, Color, Orientation, Shape

Visual elements of Dondis
Dot, Line, Color, Shape, Direction, Texture, Scale, Dimension, Motion

Types of motion
Regular, Stochastic, Linear, Nonlinear, Mechanical, Organic

Techniques for suggesting dimension
Value, Size, Occlusion, Atmosphere, Perspective

Develop at least twenty ideas and be prepared to discuss at least five ideas as storyboards using the template in class 13 October. Storyboards can be drawn or made using the computer.

Deliverables
360 x 240 QuickTime movie and thumbnail
Place the files in your personal directory in the class “projects” directory and have it displaying through the web interface



Exercise 3

LETTERFORMS. This project concentrates on the details of letterforms and inventive transitions between them. The assignment is to create a five second transition between two letters. Develop your ideas out of the history of the typeface, an idea about the letter, or more formal considerations. Be prepared to clearly explain the reasons for your choices during the presentation. The base geometry is contained in this file. Your first frame must have an identical composition to the first letter (as found in the file) and your last frame must have an identical composition to your second letter. Having the same composition means the same outlines, but does not necessarily mean the same values, textures, or other visual elements, but remember the focus of this exercise is the movement involved in the transition. Think very carefully about the transition. The most obvious idea is to morph the two forms, but what other options do you have available? To encourage new ideas, morphing is banned. You are encouraged to develop ideas which don't utilize predefined software options. You are free to use color.

D » Y / Aaron
Y » N / Fischbach
N » A / Damien
A » M / Daniel
M » I / Dong
I » C / Erica
C » T / Eveline
T » Y / Greg
Y » P / Julia
P » O / Lilly
O » G / Matthew
G » R / Sandy
R » A / Tina
A » P / Tyson
P » H / Jennifer
H » Y / Fanton



Develop at least twenty ideas and be prepared to discuss at least five ideas as storyboards using the template in class 20 October. Storyboards can be drawn or made using the computer, but should always be precise and visualize your ideas about the concept and motion. Be prepared to show a near final animation in class 25 October.

Deliverables
360 x 240 QuickTime movie and thumbnail
Place the files in your personal directory in the class “projects” directory and have it displaying through the web interface



Midterm Review

For the individual midterm review, your work must be viewed on DVD. Use your original compositions to render movies at 720x480 and create an interface for navigating between them. Hand in your DVD at the beginning of the review.

The review schedule follows:
01 November
Fanton, Jennifer, Tyson, Tina, Sandy, Matthew, Lilly, Julia

03 November
Greg, Eveline, Erica, Dong, Daniel, Damien, Fischbach, Aaron



Exercise 4

AFFECT/INFLECTION/TIMBRE. Welcome to the longest and last exercise of the class. The assignment is broken down into four sections and each will be evaluated separately. The theme for the exercise is to visualize speech through moving typography. Select a passage spoken by an fiction or non-fiction personality and communicate the message through manipulating the formal qualities of typography and motion. Remember the many ways to think about dynamic typography and strive for innovation. The passage should be between 5 and 150 words and the animation should be no longer than two minutes, but can be as short at 30 seconds depending on the complexity of the concept. This exercise will follow a complete process: analysis, synthesis, evaluation, iteration.


Exercise 4A

Select a text, research the context, and produce three diverse storyboards exploring alternative ways to visualize the content. Use this template for the storyboards and use at leave 16 frames to explain each idea. For the presentation, have your storyboards posted on the wall before the start of class and be certain people standing away from the wall are able to read your images.

Deliverables: 360 x 240 QuickTime movie (containing each frame of each storyboard, playing at 2fps) and thumbnail. Place the files in your personal directory in the class “projects” directory and have it displaying through the web interface.


Exercise 4B

Refine one storyboard and using the images from the frames, produce a rough edit of the entire sequence through sequencing and augmenting the static images.

Deliverables: 360 x 240 QuickTime movie and thumbnail, place the files in your personal directory in the class “projects” directory and have it displaying through the web interface.


Exercise 4C

Using Exercise 4B as the base, begin the final implementation of your idea. Produce a rough edit of the entire sequence.

Deliverables: 360 x 240 QuickTime movie and thumbnail, place the files in your personal directory in the class “projects” directory and have it displaying through the web interface.


Exercise 4D

Complete the animation for the final screening on 6 December. The work will be evaluated by guest critics including Mathew Cullen from Motion Theory, Rebeca Mendez, and William Henri Lucas. For this critique, present the work in the 720 x 480 format (details to follow).

Deliverables: 360 x 240 QuickTime movie and JPEG image, place the files in your personal directory in the class “projects” directory and have it displaying through the web interface. A DVD of Exercise 4A-4D is due by noon on 13 December (also include exercises 1-3 on this disk). Your final evaluation for Exercise 4 will be made from the material on the DVD.


Public Screening

We'll be presenting our work for the public on 15 December. We'll discuss this in class...