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Jim Krause | Classes | P354 Program Graphics & Animation (Spring 2016)

Final Project

Propose, design, and create an animation lasting at least 60 seconds in length. Alternatively, you can create two linked 30-second pieces (Eg. 2 PSAs for an organization). Your animation should be original, creative, and highlight your design capabilities. Your project must contain original artwork and a soundtrack.This project should take advantage of the After Effects environment and serve as an excellent addition to your student portfolio.

You may not use other people's sounds or images in your own work without permission. If you do use other people's intellectual property, please identify and address this in your critique.

Possible Ideas: a short story, a 60 second commercial or public service announcement, an informational/educational lesson, a political message, etc.

The Final Project is worth 40 points broken down as follows:

  • Proposal (5 points)
  • Script and/or storyboard (5 points)
  • Production (25 points)
  • Rationale & Critique (5 points)

You will turn in a full-resolution H.264 version.

For your Final Project you will turn in:

  • Proposal: This is a one-sheet document describing the purpose of your project, the intended audience and the approach. For more information on proposals, check out my on-line info.
  • Script and/or storyboard. You can use either a script and/or a storyboard. Either way, it should contain plenty of detail. How much? You should be able to give the same same source media and script to two different animators, and based on your script/storyboard, they would be able to create more or less the same project. For more information on scripts, check out my on-line info. There are on-line storyboard templates you can use.
  • Rationale: You must include a 1-2 paragraph rationale or artistic statement describing your approach to design and how your project carries out your intended purpose.
  • Project: At least 60 seconds in length, this animation should be turned in as a square pixel, full-size H.264 version.
  • Critique. This will be a typed critique at least a one page in length (not the standard critique form).Please describe the files you used, your artwork, the effects & filters used, and the overall process. Explain if you think the project was successful or not and why.

Suggestions: Remember also to follow the guidelines for composing good graphics. (using contrast to separate foregound & background elements, adherance to the safe text area, etc.). Fade up from black at the beginning and fade out at the end. Make sure any on-screen text is clear and on long enough to read.


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