Tuesday, January 20, 2009

VIST 206 Visual Studies Studio I
Course Description I. (2-6). Credit 4. Theory and practice of traditional techniques for visual communication and visualization; the camera model; principles of physically based motion; time based media and animation; development of narrative and storytelling in the creative process. Prerequisite. VIST 205.

Meeting: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 1:50pm- 4:05pm
Instructor: Yauger Williams, Asst. Prof, Visualization Dpt.
TA: Ranjith Chandy
Office Hours: By appointment, and Monday and Wednesday 12-1
C306 / 220-8800/ Yauger@tamu.edu

Supplies will be approximately $50 depending on the specific materials you use.
(2) 12 x 18 tracing paper pads, medium weight, not tissue-thin, 50-sheets each
(1) 12 x 18 drawing paper pad, smooth paper, not rough or newsprint, at least 100 sheets or 2 50-sheet
2 or 3 pencils: 2B, 4B, maybe even 6B
A black ink, roller-ball type drawing pen
Your laptop and programs
External storage for backing up files: firewire or USB drives, and CDs/DVDs for archiving
Blog site: go to www.blogger.com to set up a blog to post your course work.

6 short projects at 100 points 600
1 final project at 300 points 300
Classroom participation 100

Total 1000

Grading scale:
A: 900 – 1000 / B: 899 to 799 / C: 798 to 698 / D: 697 to 597 / F: below 597

Some want to know the criteria for grading. Below is a description. But please don’t confuse learning (that is, not being Michelangelo or Georgia O’Keefe on day 1, but then improving through practice) with any of the things below.

What makes an A?
Excellent. Meeting and then exceeding the project requirements, energetically collaborating with others, contributing to class discussions, being proactive in learning what you need to know, being there always and on time.
a B?
Good. Meeting the project requirements through effort, some energy toward collaboration, contributing to discussion when asked to, having to be told what’s going on, being there most of the time and on time
a C?
Satisfactory. Just meeting project requirements, not much energy in collaboration, discussing or contributing when arm is twisted, not being clued in to what’s going on, being absent and/or late
a D?
Unsatisfactory. Not meeting project requirements, no collaboration, no discussion even when poked, not knowing what day it is, being absent and/or late.
or an F?
Failing. The absence of all things that make an A-D

Art in Motion: Animation Aesthetics by Maureen Furniss, John Libbey & Comp. 2008 revised, ISBN-10: 0861966635
The Illusion of Life by Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas, Disney 1995, ISBN-10: 0786860707
Animation the Mechanics of Motion by Chris Webster, Focal Press 2005, ISBN-10: 0240516664
The Animators Survival Kit by Richard Williams, Faber and Faber 2002, ISBN-10: 0571202284

VIST 206 Course calendar
The course calendar is subject to change depending on dynamics over the course of the semester.

week 1 -- capturing motion (warm-up)
class intro, cell animating from observation, drawing frames, moving scale-position-rotation, speed
assignment: “Blink”
partner-up with a person in the class
pick one of their eyes to draw
observe eyelash, lid, pupil and iris
observe light, form, reflection, opacity
observe movement scale-rotation-position
draw eye open
draw eye closed
draw eye in three positions not open/closed
import images into computer
make settings 12 frames per second
animate images for 1-3 seconds
convey an expression (i.e. tired, approval, alert)
goto blogger.com and create account
using youtube or other video account upload animation and post to your blog

week 2 – basic movement
object moving vertically, timing of object, ease in/out, decay, surface, height, distance energy, weight, materials, interaction, gravity, exaggeration/distortion, squash stretch

week 3 – anticipation and follow through
beginning motion, finishing motion, secondary motion, tertiary motion, key frames

week 4 – figurative motion (gross motor)
mechanical and organic body cycles, distribution, balance, weight, center of action

week 5 – figurative motion (fine motor)
acceleration, deceleration, momentum, deformation, materials, weight, equal and opposite actions

week 6 – camera, character, & environment
point of view, motion and environment (object moving around camera), motion and object (camera moving around object), object and camera moving, transitions, roll-pitch-yaw

week 7 – research (warm-up)
static image, stylistic, motion samples, narrative, historical, and conceptual studies of final project

week 8 & 9 – storyboard & animatic
storyboard, motion studies, style sheets, and animated sequence of project

week 10-15 -- final project
review project work; from existing animatic, or previous studies, create short animation of character; use earlier sketches as a basis or observe something new; new character studies based on story; review arcs, secondary action, timing, exaggeration, and appeal; what makes a short work interesting; accelerated narrative or situation, open text

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