ClassInfo

ANI 231 3D Animation

Fall 2013-2014
Class number: 11243
Section number: 402
TuTh 3:10PM - 4:40PM
CDM 00532 Loop Campus

Summary

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.


Texts

The Animators Survival Kit - Richard Williams, Publisher: Faber and Faber Inc. 2001


Grading


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.

Assignments

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)
?LastnameFirstname_projectnameNumber.extension
?example: maryOmelina_AwesomeProject01.mb

* 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/


Prerequisites

Successful completion of ANI 230


WEEKLY SCHEDULE

The assignments in this syllabus may be adjusted over the course of the quarter.

ANI 231 WEEKLY SCHEDULE
CDM 532

1
9/12 - Intro to 3D animation basics
TIMING & SPACING
SQUASH & STRETCH
STRAIGHT AHEAD ANIMATION TECHNIQUE

2
9/17 & 9/19
POSE TO POSE ANIMATION TECHNIQUE
PLAYBLAST
ARCS; EASE IN/EASE OUT
ANTICIPATION
CAMERA; BASIC LIGHTING; RENDER globals
Adobe Premiere

3
9/24 & 9/26 - Character Jump

4
10/1 & 10/3 - Basic Rigging, Successive breaking of joints

5
10/8 & 10/10 - Intro to Walks

6
10/15 & 10/17 - Intermediate Character Animation
KEY POSES; BREAKDOWN POSES; IN BETWEENS

7
10/22 & 10/24 - Character Rigging
PARENTING
QUIZ ON KEY POSES; BREAKDOWNS; & IN BETWEENS

8
10/29 & 10/31 - Advanced Walk

9
11/5 & 11/7 - FINAL PROJECT: Character Animation
BLOCKING
STEPPED tangents; LINEAR tangents; SPLINE tangents; and COMBINATION tangents.
PLANNING your animations
Adding SOUND to your animations

10a
11/12 & 11/14 - FINAL PROJECT: Character Animation
TROUBLESHOOTING your animations.

10b
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.


School policies:

Changes to Syllabus

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.

Online Course Evaluations

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.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

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.

Academic Policies

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 with Disabilities

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
Fax: (312)362-6544
TTY: (773)325.7296