I hope you have a spooktacular day!
Today, we will be introducing the Super-hero/Super-villain trading card assignment. Do not forget to download the rubric for the project, and carefully look over the requirements. There is a lot of creative room in this assignment, so make the best of it!
The only requirements: Draw one card from the deck. If your card is a heart you are a super-hero (think Batman), a diamond you are a super-hero sidekick (think Robin), a spade you are a super-villain (think Joker), or if you draw a club, think super-villain sidekick (think Harlequin). The great thing is that you totally get to make up "who you are" and your powers/abilities.
The playing card you draw is the exact size of the card you need to make. Please make sure you make two layouts of the same size: one for the front (for your picture..feel free to Photoshop any creation you wish) and one for the back for your "vital statistics" and backstory. Take a look at the example below for inspiration.
We will produce one of your cards for every one in the class, and at the end we will have a complete series that you can keep.
Remember that you cannot have a good animation without a good story. The story comes first. When we storyboard (you will need this rubric) we start with the key frames (feel free to use this template). After your storyboard is complete, it is time to write the script. The script can be written on lined paper or on the back side of the storyboard.
If you would like a little more help in getting started check out The Stop Motion Classroom and The National Film Board of Canada's Stop-Motion Animation Studio.
Today we are going to use Stykz to apply the ideas that we practiced in class last week. We are heading towards the creation of a 7 second Vine compatible illustration.
All I want you to do today is "play". You will need to borrow a USB stick and copy the Stykz folder to the d: drive on your computer. You will need to run the program locally in order to get it to work on the school computers.
You should practice the different forms of portraying "life' and movement, as well as perspective (a few of you were very interested in how to make things look like they "zoomed" last week).
As an extension, those who finish up their video are encouraged to use Audacity to create a soundtrack that we can merge with the animation. We will have to work together in small groups to make this happen.
Here is a tutorial to help you with some of the concepts we looked at in class today. Make sure you look at this too.
These are good examples of what we should be able to produce by the end of this week:
This will be the on-line binder for the TGJ2OI class.