ClassInfo

ANI 240 Animation Production I

Office: CDM 502
Fall 2017-2018
Class number: 12391
Section number: 401
MW 1:30PM - 3:00PM
CDM 00722 Loop Campus

Summary


DePaul University
Fall 2017
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ANI 240 Animation Production I SYLLABUS
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Meeting time: M,W 1:30 - 3
Location: Room 722
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Instructor: Lisa Barcy
Office: CDM rm. 502
Office Hours: Mon.,11 a.m. ? 1:15 Wed. 11 am ? 1:15, Fridays by appointment (best to email me first.)
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Contact: 312-362-5982
Email: lbarcy@cdm.depaul.edu
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COURSE DESCRIPTION
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This course will concentrate on facilitating the student's production of short animated projects. The topics of idea generation, experimentation, problem solving, planning and time management, and the process of critical analysis will be applied to the student's work. Students will create four projects, all with varying perimeters and expectations. Be prepared to spend time animating in class and a significant amount of time outside of class finishing the assignments. Through a combination of lectures, film screenings, demos, and critiques students, will take a film from concept to completion.
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What You Need to Bring to Class Each Week
-?????? A strong work ethic, patience, and enthusiasm
-?????? All your files, backed up, emailed, or otherwise
-?????? Any art materials needed in order to make the best use of your class time.
-?????? Your assignments on the due date
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GOALS/OBJECTIVES
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? To explore different avenues of expression through the completion of class assignments
? To work in a studio environment, where students and instructor share their knowledge and impressions
? To experiment with or refine new techniques
? To become comfortable giving and receiving critiques
? To become comfortable organizing and creating an independent animated project from start to completion
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Course Schedule
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Week 1???9.6
Introductions, review syllabus
Project #1 Warm-up assignment. Alphabet! ? let?s see what you can do. ?You may use the medium of your choice for this one. See assignment equipment posted in the Dropbox. Post to D2L and class Vimeo page.? Demos as needed.
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Week 2???
Monday???? 9.11
View Alphabet projects in progress ? work in class
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Wednesday????9.13
Assignment Due: View first assignment and give feedback.

Project #2 - Photo Assignment given. (Pick from one of the found photos in class) Medium of your choosing ? Begin boarding for Photo Animation. Post boards to D2L for Wednesday. Start animating ? Think of this as more of a portrait or a poem than a linear narrative that requires a lot of exposition ? you don?t have time for that.

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Week 3?
Monday?????9.18
Photo Storyboard Presentations (5-8 panels, we can adjust this as needed) Demos as needed and as time allows
Lecture: Setting up your projects in After Effects, render settings
Work in class - Individual meetings
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Wednesday??? 9.20
Work in class ? Individual meetings, Demos as time allows.
Assignment Due: Photo Project Milestone Check-in
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Week 4
Monday??? 9.25
Work in class ? Individual meetings, Demos as time allows.
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Wednesday?? 9.27
Assignment Due: Final Photo Animation?/ Screen and group critique ?

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Week 5????
Monday 10.2
Lecture: What makes a good animatic?
Project #3 ? The Way Things Work (according to your 6 year-old self)
TWTW assignment given ? Medium of your choice.
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Wednesday??10.4?
Work in class: Pick animation technique and start building animatic
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Week 6 ? ? ?
Monday 10. 9
Assignment Due: TWTW Animatics / Screen and group critique
Wednesday ? 10.11
Continue group critique of TWTW Animatics
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Week 7
Monday ? ?10.16
Work in class / Individual meetings
Assignment Due: TWTW Milestone Check-in
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Wednesday ? ? 10.18
Work in class / Individual meetings
Assignment Due: Final TWTW Style Frame due during class
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Week 8 ? ? ?
Monday 10.23
Assignment Due: The Way Things Work Animations Due?/ Screen and group critique
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Wednesday ? ? ?10.25
Final Assignment ?Sound First!
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Week 9
Monday ? ?10.30
Work in class
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Wednesday ? ? ?11.1
Work in class / Individual meetings
Assignment Due: Final Project Milestone Check-in #1

Week 10?????
Monday? 11.6

Final Animatics and Style Frame Due Today
Work in class / Individual meetings and milestone checks ? Post all works in progress to the class Vimeo page

Wednesday???? 11.8 Screen and critique? in groups

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Week 11?????

Monday? 11.13
Individual meetings and milestone checks

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Final Critique Day and Time is November 16 at 11:30 ? 1:45
Do not be late.
No one is still animating, editing, works are uploaded and ready to go.? We will screen films and critique and celebrate.
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'Schedule subject to change ? Check D2L for changes!**
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GRADING BREAKDOWN
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Hobo Code Animation????????????? 5
Photo Anim. Storyboards????????? ?? 5
Photo Final Animation???????????? ?????10
TWTW Animatic? ? ??????????????????? 10
TWTW Final Style Frame??????? ????????5
TWTW Final Animation?????????? ??????15
Final Animatic????????????????????????? ???10
Final Project Style Frame????????? ?????5
Final Animation with sound???????????20
Milestones?met????????????????????????????15
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Total ??????????? ??????????? ????????? ??? ??100
A? =100-93
A- = 92-90
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B+ =89-87
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B?? = 86-83
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B-? =82-80
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C+ =79-77
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C?? =76-73
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C-? =72-70
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D+ = 69-67
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D?=66-63
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D- =62-60
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F?= 59-0
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**Your grades are based upon completion of assignments when due, quality of work, active class participation and attendance.**
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TEXTS AND MATERIALS
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Recommended Text:
The Animators Survival Kit by Richard Williams
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External hard drive and flash drive
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COURSE POLICIES
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Class/Workshop Rules - there will be no net surfing, working on projects for other classes, email checking, text messaging, or IMing during class at any time, except when I give you permission to do so.
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Attendance ? is mandatory; 3 unexcused absences will result in a lowering of one letter grade (from A to B, for instance). Any student missing 4 unexcused classes will be given an F for the quarter. An excused absence is allowed in the case of a medical or personal emergency (illness with doctor?s letter; death in the family). An absence is defined as not showing up for class or showing up 10 minutes or later for class. A tardy is defined as showing up after role has been taken. Being tardy twice will equal 1 absence.?
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Assignments and Exercises ? must be completed by the due date as indicated in the syllabus.? Late work will not be accepted without prior consent of the instructor.
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With certain exceptions, assignments in this class must be submitted digitally via D2L and the Vimeo class page.??
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All assignments submitted in digital format online, are due a minimum of 1 hours prior to class.? Assignments may be submitted earlier, however.
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Milestones- This assignment is a check-in so I can monitor the progress of your projects.? Please post a lo-res Quicktime of your work-in-progress animation before class on the dates listed in the syllabus. In order to receive maximum credit for your milestone your work-in-progress must demonstrate a considerable amount of time and effort. If your milestone is not turned in on time you will receive zero points.
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Class Participation - is encouraged and students will be graded on the extent to which they are involved throughout the quarter.? Participation is an amazing tool for learning and should be done in a constructive way, especially when giving or receiving project critiques.
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Final Class Exam - Attendance is mandatory. Students who do not show up for the final critique will get their final grade reduced by 1 letter grade. Make your travel plans accordingly. Excuses after the class will not be accepted.
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Changes to the Schedule ? Depending on time factors, the assignments projected for the term may require slight alteration or rescheduling.
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AND NOW FOR THE LEGALLY MANDATED FINE PRINT:
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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