last modified 29July1998
done in PAINTER 5.0
High-powered computers and innovative animation software have brought the world of professional animation into the reach of any new producer. This course will cover the basic techniques. We will use Director 6.0, state of the art software, Photoshop 4.0, and Painter 5.0 for producing 2-D animation. This primer course is designed to introduce students to the limitless potential of contemporary computer graphic animation technology. Students will also learn basic HTML in order to put projects up on the net (useful info). There will be guest animators and screenings and weekly intensive lab time. (fundamental compatibility with windows a must)
Lab Fee: $50.00 - Audit fee same as tuition fee ($900.00) for this course. enrollment limited to 10 people
june 08 monday
finding out what each student brings to the class. what experience and work. and what each is really interested in exploring. screening of a range of CGI work. discussion of the pre-requisite of the net as part of an animation project at this time.
june 10 wednesday
find examples of work at each of the software sites (we will use Director 6.0, Photoshop 4.0, and Painter 5.0 for producing 2-D animation.) work that represents a direction that you wish to explore during the course. and consider "Art in Theory 1900-1990" edited by C.Harrison & P.Wood. other reading will be xeroxed handouts
june 15 monday
brushing up on the basics of Director 6.0. going over moving simple geometeric shapes onto the stage. and animating them in the score channels. simple as that.examining the differences between Director 6.0 onion skinning and Painter 5.0 tracing paper.
june 17 wednesday
Eadweard Muybridge - Father of the Motion Picture. and continue work with Director from the last class. focusing on using the channels for depth, as well using multiple movie loops. and don't forget to sign up for lab time. make sure you've blocked in sufficient time.
june 22 monday
june 24 wednesday
continue work on the storyboarded project. with special attention to developing the work in the three layers. and a glimpse of Josh's animation work on 16mm film
june 29 monday
july 01 wednesday
continue work on individual projects. also will take a look at the process of getting material onto the website
july 06 monday
selected works of the Brothers Quay (mixed media - stop-frame animation)
july 08 wednesday
Anne Barrett (hand-drawn cell animation) will show and speak about her work. both on video and in Director
july 13 monday
James Duesing's recent video "Law of Averages" and his earlier work "Maxwell's Demons" will be shown. with an eye to how much the software can effect an animator's work
july 15 wednesday
( 2-3 frames of work with text providing context. on a floppy due... description of project for the web.) the project is taken another step further. different areas of individual projects will be expanded. and an article on animation from Oxford University Press Film Studies anthology will be handed out in class.
july 20 monday
Kenneth Peck will present: two Czech works (Jan Svankmajer's Darkness, Light, Darkness and Pavel Koutsky's Love At First Sight), two Hungarian (The Fly by Ferenc Rofusz and Csaba Szordo's Rondino), two Polish (Tango by Zbigniew Rybczynski, and Aleksander Sroczynski's Vice Versa) The Estonian selections will be Switch Off The Lights by Pritt Parn and Birthday by Janno Poldna.
july 22 wednesday
David Ehrlich ( frame-by-frame animation on film) Since 1993, David Ehrlich has taught Animation (Film Studies 35) every Spring. Animated films by Dartmouth students have been screened at film festivals in the United States and abroad, receiving honors and recognition, and other prizes.
july 27 monday
july 29 wednesday
review the projects on the web. and a bar-b-q dinner out in charlotte after class. and some members of the Film Dept Faculty will also join us
|animation1||there are two 3D pieces from the 3Dcafe, a piece by David Ehrlich, and a Muybridge tiger|
|a wiggling 3D woman and a 2D tri-harmony form. and fractal animation|
Muybridge and a sampling from the web. individual artists as well as art sites
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