ANI 231 3D Animation
This is an introductory course in 3D animation. It will emphasize traditional animation principles as applied to 3D animation. Topics will include: principles of animation, transformations and deformations of 3D objects, rigging, cameras and lights, and rendering. You must have successfully completed ANI 230 to participate in this class.
The Animators Survival Kit - Richard Williams, Publisher: Faber and Faber Inc. 2001
Assignments: 95 points
Participation: 5 points
Bouncing Balls (2): 10% (10 points)
Self-propelled Ball: 5% (5 points)
One-Legged Jump: 10% (10 points)
Basic Rigging - (Tale): 5% (5 points)
Fist Pound 10% (10 points)
Advanced Rigging: 10% (10 points)
Lower Body Walk: 10% (10points)
Walk Animation: 10% (10 points)
Final Animation: 25% (30 points)
Participation: 5 points
_________________________ Total 100 points
A = 100-93 A- = 92-90 B+ = 89-88 B = 87-83 B- = 82-80 C+ = 79-78 C = 77-73 C- = 72-70 D+ = 69-68 D = 67-63 D- = 62-60 F = 59-0
Standards for Achievement:
Grade A: Excellence
Grade B: Good work
Grade C: Satisfactory work
Grade D: Unsatisfactory work
Grade F: Unnacceptable or missing work, excessive absenses
Requesting an incomplete grade: An incomplete grade may only be assigned to a student if the student has experienced an extenuating circumstance near the end of the term, the student is in good standing in the class, and the request is made by the student.
Your grade will depend on the following criteria:
Meeting Project Deadlines.
Creativity and personal input into execution of project
Coming prepared to class and participate in class discussions.
Working in class.
Student absences are not expected to exceed more than 20% (4 absences) of the number of the classes scheduled for the semester. Each absence after the fourth will result in a 5% (5 points) deducted from your final grade.
The student is responsible for any lectures or assignments missed. If an assignment is due a week that you are absent, it is your responsibility to make sure it still arrives on time.
You may not miss the final class date. Doing so will equal an automatic two letter grade reduction of your final grade. If for some reason you cannot make one of these dates you must contact your instructor BEFORE the class that you must miss. Excuses given after the fact will not be accepted.
No incompletes will be given without documented proof of circumstances beyond your control.
All assignments and grades will be listed on our Course Online site: https://col.cdm.depaul.edu
All assigned work must be completed and submitted through COLweb BEFORE class starts. This will keep us from wasting valuable class time. Handing in something unfinished is always better than nothing at all. Not everyone?s work will get a full review during class. We will view and discuss everyone?s final project during the last class.
Must be handed in on time. On time is submitted through COLweb BEFORE class starts. Students who use class time to finish assignments the day they are due will forfeit the right to hand in that assignment. Class time is for working with the material at hand, not finishing late assignments.
Digital Assignments:All assignments handed in digitally must be in the following format (please note upper an lower case usage)
* Special Accommodations: If you have any special considerations please see the instructor.
* BACK UP YOUR WORK: Failure of computer software and or Hardware will not be accepted as an extenuating circumstance for late projects or incomplete grades so back up your work constantly.
All assignments in this class must be submitted digitally online.
Work done for this course must adhere to the DePaul University Academic Integrity Policy, which you can review in the Student Handbook or by visiting http://academicintegrity.depaul.edu/
Successful completion of ANI 230
The assignments in this syllabus may be adjusted over the course of the quarter.
ANI 231 WEEKLY SCHEDULE
9/12 - Intro to 3D animation basics
TIMING & SPACING
SQUASH & STRETCH
STRAIGHT AHEAD ANIMATION TECHNIQUE
9/17 & 9/19
POSE TO POSE ANIMATION TECHNIQUE
ARCS; EASE IN/EASE OUT
CAMERA; BASIC LIGHTING; RENDER globals
9/24 & 9/26 - Character Jump
10/1 & 10/3 - Basic Rigging, Successive breaking of joints
10/8 & 10/10 - Intro to Walks
10/15 & 10/17 - Intermediate Character Animation
KEY POSES; BREAKDOWN POSES; IN BETWEENS
10/22 & 10/24 - Character Rigging
QUIZ ON KEY POSES; BREAKDOWNS; & IN BETWEENS
10/29 & 10/31 - Advanced Walk
11/5 & 11/7 - FINAL PROJECT: Character Animation
STEPPED tangents; LINEAR tangents; SPLINE tangents; and COMBINATION tangents.
PLANNING your animations
Adding SOUND to your animations
11/12 & 11/14 - FINAL PROJECT: Character Animation
TROUBLESHOOTING your animations.
11/19 (LAST CLASS BEFORE FINAL) - Final Project: Character Animation
11/21 FINAL CRITIQUE
FINAL EXAM (CRITIQUE) ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY. NO LATE ANIMATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR IN-CLASS CRITIQUE. MISSING CLASS OR TURNING IN YOUR FINAL PROJECT LATE IS AN AUTOMATIC 2 LETTER GRADE DEDUCTION OF YOUR FINAL GRADE.
This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter. If a change occurs, it will be thoroughly addressed during class, posted under Announcements in D2L and sent via email.
Evaluations are a way for students to provide valuable feedback regarding their instructor and the course. Detailed feedback will enable the instructor to continuously tailor teaching methods and course
content to meet the learning goals of the course and the academic needs of the students. They are a requirement of the course and are key to continue to provide you with the highest quality of teaching. The
evaluations are anonymous; the instructor and administration do not track who entered what responses. A program is used to check if the student completed the evaluations, but the evaluation is completely
separate from the student’s identity. Since 100% participation is our goal, students are sent periodic reminders over three weeks. Students do not receive reminders once they complete the evaluation.
Students complete the evaluation online in CampusConnect.
This course will be subject to the university's academic integrity policy. More information can be found at http://academicintegrity.depaul.edu/ If you
have any questions be sure to consult with your professor.
All students are required to manage their class schedules each term in accordance with the deadlines for enrolling and withdrawing as indicated in the University Academic Calendar. Information on enrollment, withdrawal, grading and incompletes can be found at http://www.cdm.depaul.edu/Current%20Students/Pages/PoliciesandProcedures.aspx.
Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.
To ensure that you receive the most appropriate accommodation based on your needs, contact the instructor as early as possible in the quarter (preferably within the first week of class), and make sure that
you have contacted the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at:
Lewis Center 1420, 25 East Jackson Blvd.
Phone number: (312)362-8002