As you continue to work on your Flip Books, let's review how we trick the mind to see the illusion of life in animation.
Today we are going to start our second unit and explore the fundamentals of animation. If this is something you really enjoy and would like to look at possible post-secondary opportunities in this field, Fanshaw is only one of many similar programs in Ontario.
You can also download the freeware program Stykz and install it for practice at home (there are versions for both Windows and Mac OS). We will also be using the powerful freeware program Anim8or (which is only available for Windows computers).
By the end of this first half of this unit, you should be able to produce animation using these tools that looks as good as this:
We are going to start our exploration and learning by looking at WHY and HOW animation works (the optical illusion of motion):
Check these ideas out as you start to brainstorm about what story you would like to tell and techniques you would like to use.
Our task today is start using the concepts of animation that we have started to learn, by making a flip book cartoon come to life. In its most primitive form, a flip book is an actual book, and each page is a static image. The reader flips through all of the pages at an even pace, resulting in a short animated movie. The image seems to move through a phenomena known as the persistence of vision.
You will be making three flip books this week, one that will animate a circle into a triangle, and then back again, another that will show motion, and then a final one that will be totally your own creation (and more complex and detailed). This handout will get you started on this assignment.
Here are some very inspiring examples:
We will be using the last half of the day to start discussing the HUUUUGE project that will be bringing your knowledge of photography, animation and Photoshop all together. We will be starting stop motion animation!! (..bring this checklist along to help you stay organized).
We will also start the brainstorming of ideas by looking at a few good example of Stop Motion Animation (use this sheet to keep track of your thoughts)
By the end of today's period, you should be able to make a face out of fruit and vegetables :) Along the way you will have learned about negative space, .png/.psd files, and layers. I will be demoing all the steps..so make sure you follow a long (and ask questions if you get stuck).
Please submit your face as a .jpg in the assignment folder on TEAMs. Please make sure you save the file as yourlastname_face.jpg
Time to put your understanding of the basics of composition to the test. Grab a keen partner, prepare your equipment and head out to tackle the TGJ2OI Scavenger Hunt. Prizes for the best photos are up for grabs!
If you are interested in learning more about the concept of Depth of Field (beyond what we talked about in class last Thursday), or you need a bit of review, check out this website.
If you are keeping track, you should understand the three settings that effect exposure (ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed), the Rule of Thirds and the concept of Depth of Field. If you are not 100% comfortable with these ideas make sure you see me for some extra help. Going over the review videos included with each lesson would be a good start :)
We have a few more computer prep chores to look after, including the setup of your Flickr account. We might have time to browse over and take a look at 500px too.
We will be talking about procedures and expectations today, and looking at how to handle the equipment in a safe manner. We will be paying particular attention to how to handle a DSLR camera, as we are starting the photography unit. Please watch and participate in the demonstrations, and take down the required notes as we progress through the hands on demonstration.
Welcome to a new semester!!
Please make sure you take the time to log in (double check those user accounts and passwords), and we will make sure that you have access to the class TEAM hub. If at all possible, you should also purchase a USB Thumbdrive (16gb minimum...32gb+ would be ideal) so that you can keep a back up of all your work as we progress through the semester (which would also allow you to work on it at home as well). Unfortunately, most of the files that we create in this class will be to large to upload to any of your cloud storage services.
Please take the time to fill out this information questionnaire.
The course outline for this year is posted here. If you are interested you can also read the Provincial Policy document that covers this curriculum.
Reality TV: Careers in television
By Michelle Filippini, OnlineDegrees.com
Fall is here, and that means this season's hopeful new (and returning) series are all vying against each other for audience share and advertising dollars so that they may live to see another season. Here's how the process works: Broadcast networks order pilots at the beginning of the year based on pitches for new shows they've received from writers and producers. By springtime, actors and crew have been hired, sets are built and the show is produced and presented to the network and potential advertisers -- all before May, when the upcoming fall schedules are announced.
It takes a small army of writers, editors, producers, camera operators, artists, set designers and others working behind the scenes to bring a television pilot to life. Here are some of the different careers that can be had in television, and what's typically required to land them.
It all begins with the writers, without whom there would be no show. Writers for television and movies are generally known as screenwriters, notes the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and they're the ones who create the scripts around which the television show is based. The stories, characters and dialogue they produce may be original content, or they might adapt a book or comic into a television script. Most salaried writer positions require a bachelor's degree, often in English, journalism or communications, as well as proficiency with computers. Job experience is sometimes gained at college television stations.
Television producers and directors
Television producers and directors create the shows by interpreting a writer's script. Typically, it's the producers who make the business and financial decisions for a television show, including setting a budget, and who hire the director and crew -- so ultimately, the success or failure of the finished project rests on their shoulders. Directors, who report to the executive producer, are the creative heart of a production, choosing the cast members, conducting rehearsals and generally overseeing the work of all cast and crew. Once the show is in post-production, they'll work with film editors to ensure the finished product meets both their and the producer's expectations. According to BLS, both producers and directors usually have a bachelor's degree and major in writing, acting, journalism or communications. Some start out in the business as actors, writers, choreographers or film editors, picking up experience along the way. Because of the financial aspect of their job, producers may have a degree in business, arts management or nonprofit management.
Editors and camera operators
The visual images seen on screen are brought there by editors and camera operators, who work closely with each other and the director). In television, camera operators capture material for TV shows or news and sporting events, then the editors craft a coherent story from the numerous images shot. The increased use of digital filming has changed how camera operators and editors work, with many camera operators now preferring digital cameras and editors performing the majority of their work on a computer.
Types of television camera operators include studio camera operators, who work in a broadcast studio and shoot their subjects from a fixed position, and electronic news gathering operators, who work on location as part of a reporting team, often capturing breaking news and live events. Both camera operators and film editors usually have a bachelor's degree in a field related to film or broadcasting, with many colleges now offering courses in camera operation or video editing software.
Other behind-the-scenes occupations in the television industry include set designers and multimedia artists and animators, which -- similar to many other careers in television -- require a postsecondary degree in a related field, according to the BLS.
This will be the on-line binder for the TGJ2OI class.