Objective:
Create an online portfolio to show artistic work to potential clients and/or employers.

Method:
Work independently to create a digital portfolio using WordPress. Use work created throughout this year to illustrate progress and skill level with digital art. Use this document as a guide and the video below as a tutorial to help you become more familiar with your WordPress site.

Turn In:
Directions are found on the included document above.

Objective:
Work with a partner to create an animated short.

Method:
You must learn to divide work by your strengths, problem solve, and manage your time wisely.
Focus on your principles of animation. Keep the models simple so you can animate accordingly.
Use any tutorials necessary to get the animation that you want.
Create a project folder in the Animation folder of the Q: drive in order to share your files. BE CAREFUL! If a file is deleted, it is not recoverable.

Turn In:
Storyboard
Models
Animation
Textures & Lighting
Complete fully rendered animation composited in AE is DUE Friday, May 19.

PROMPT
Whatever you do, DO NOT press the Red button

Teams:
Gene & Ben
Gabriel & Noah
David & Nathan
Cole & Carson
Josh & Erin
Braeden & Madison
Dylan & Dillon

Rachel & Chance
Ben & Nathan
Connor & Garrett
James & Julian
Raven & Gabriel
Victoria & Katie M.
Katie L. & John
Jaime & Ash

Objective:
Discover the purpose of a Brand Guideline Document and create one for your design studio.

Method:
Use the following Tutorial as a reference as you create a brand guideline document for your studio in Adobe InDesign.

Turn In:
Post daily progress and the finished PDF to your blog. The .INDD file should be submitted to the ExamDrop by Friday, April 07.

Objective:
To grasp the concept and purpose of a storyboard.

Method:
We will discuss what storyboards are and look at several different examples of what they should look like.

We will watch a minute long animated short film called, “POP” and then storyboard it for practice.

Turn In:
Post your complete storyboard to your blog. All is DUE by the end of the day. Friday, March 31.

Objective:
The MOST important part of any animation is the STORY. Today, we are going to work through some steps that will help us write our own story.

Method:
I would like for you to list, “10 things that you know to be true.” From there, we work on tying in a moral to our story. We will create building blocks such as characters, symbols, and images to be used. We will need to decide on some type of conflict that we can build to. In order to bring our planning process to conclusion, we will have to figure out how to begin the story.

Turn In:
When finished with your planning, create a new plot diagram of your story to your blog. All is DUE by the end of the day. Wednesday, March 22.

Objective:
The MOST important part of any animation is the STORY. Today, I want you to breakdown an animated short into a basic plot diagram.

Method:
We’re going to use this FORM in order to break down an animated short of your choice. Use the supplied plot diagram to organize your selected story into the desired segments. Once you have identified the parts, you will write a short analytical essay of the content. If you need a refresher on what all of the components are, watch this video.

Turn In:
When finished, post a link of your animated short and an image of your plot diagram to your blog. The plot diagram and the essay should be turned into the appropriate folder in the ExamDrop. All is DUE by the end of the day. Tuesday, March 21.

Objective:
Use your ORIGINAL studio logo design from your last assignment to create a custom business card and letterhead with your NAME and studio information on it.

Method:
Use the principles of design (C.R.A.P.) along with the supplied documents to layout and construct your custom business card and letterhead.

Use this InDesign tutorial as well as the following information as a guide to follow while creating your business card & letterhead.
Q:\\OuallineJ\Graphic Design\Illustrator Lessons\BusinessCard\BusinessCard.docx

The following must be included on your business card:
• Original Logo
• Name
• Position (CEO, Lead Designer, Owner, etc.)
• Address
• Phone Number
• Email Address

Use google to search different styles of Letterheads. Find a style that suits your needs.

The following must be included on your letterhead.
• Company Logo
• Company Name
• Company Address
• Company Phone Number
• Company Web Address
• Header & Footer (Incorporate either a line or color in the letterhead)

Turn In:
PRINT out your business cards on the supplied template (Q:\\OuallineJ\Graphic Design\Illustrator Lessons\BusinessCard\BC_print_layout.ait). Staple one of them to your printed letterhead and turn both in to instructor. Also, submit both files to the ExamDrop and post images of each to your blog. Discuss the choices you made and explain your decisions. All is DUE by Thursday, November 19.

Objective:
Build a solid foundation for working with the nDynamic’s framework in Maya.

Method:
Use this video course to gain an understanding of how nDynamics work in Maya and discover different ways that it can be used.

Turn In:
Submit progress updates every other day and a playblast of each of the completed simulations to your blog.

Objective:
Discover what Rigid and Soft bodies are and how Dynamics work in animation.

Method:
Dynamics are a very in-depth and complex process. The following tutorials will introduce you to Rigid and Soft bodies. Work through them, but also learn as much as you possibly can about the other types of dynamics to help you with your future projects.

Rigid Bodies – Follow along with this video.

Leaving a track in the snow.

Soft Bodies – Follow along with this video.

Turn In:
Post progress snaps every other day. When complete, post finished playblasts to your blog.