GD 203: Dynamic Media I – Course Outline

 

Week 1: September 10
Introduction to Motion Design.
• Introduce the properties of motion and the ‘Principles of Animation’.
• Discuss the vocabulary of motion design.
• Examine how motion is utilized in contemporary visual communications
• Introduction to After Effects
Exercise 1: Complete online tutorial series on animating with After Effects.
Project 1: Create a short kinetic type animation (15 – 30 seconds long) using one in an audio clip of your choice. Due Week 5.

Week 2: September 17 
Animating Type in After Effects.
Lecture/Demo: Type animation demo.
• Create a kinetic type animation using AE’s presets.
• Create a kinetic type animation using AE’s type animators.
Review project 1.

Week 3: September 24
Frame to frame Animation in Photoshop
• Create a short animation using Photoshop.
Review project 1

Week 4: October 1
Lights, Camera, Action
• Introduction to virtual cameras and lights .
• Explore shadow and material settings.
Class Exercise: Create short animation using cameras in 3d space.
Review project 1

Thanksgiving October 8

Week 5: October 15
Assignment 1 Due.

Animating Shape Layers in After Effects
• Explore the Shape Layer animation properties.
• Explore the Stroke animation preset
• Using audio waveform to drive the animation pacing.
Project 2: Create an animation that transitions between a set of illustrated icons. Due Week 9.

Week 6 : October 22

Creating a “Stop Motion” Style Animation
• Setting frame rate for video to create stop motion effect.
• Using expressions to control looping compositions.
• Exploring the repeater animation property.
• Using transition presets and layer track mattes to create compex transitions.
Review Assignment 2

Week 7: October 29
Advanced Audio Synchronization
• Importing Audio into AE
• Using waveform graph to determine beat and animation pacing.
• Create an animation driven by audio waveform.
Review assignment 2

Week 8: November 5
Working with 3D Space and Objects
Demo – 3d in After Effects
• Create a simple 3d scene using multiple layers in 3d space.
• Using Cinema 4d to create 3D objects.
Review project 2.

Remembrance Day Holiday Nov 12

Week 9: November 19
Project 2 Due. Critique.
Video Editing in After Effects
• Importing Video and setting frame rate
• Editing and compositing video and graphic elements
• Motion tracking video
Project 3 – Create a short form video for a local company/service. Due week 13

Week 10: November 26
Creating a “Stop Motion” Style Animation
• Setting frame rate for video to create stop motion effect.
• Using expressions to control looping compositions.
Review project 3

Week 11: December 3
Project 3 Due. Critique.

Evaluation Profile
Exercises – 15%
Kinetic Typography – 30%
Shape Animation – 30%
Short Form Video – 25%

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