Class hours: 10:05 – 2:45
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10:05 Today’s Notes & Attendance
Officially we are in the start of Q3
Projects are grades / grades are in (mostly)
Today is a CTE Red Day – Do you know your afternoon classes?
SkillsUSA – begins on Thursday with a kickoff and the first practice sessions – Mr. Cronin and I are really excited. Skills is a grade in Q3.
10:10 Animation – Let’s make a ball bounce – but really well
The Bouncing Ball Animation in its simplest form teaches you the basics of timing, spacing, weight, arcs, squash & stretch, appeal, etc. You may not realize it at first, but you’re really working with a lot of the core principles of animation within the bouncing ball exercise. While it is tempting to jump to other animations, getting the basics will help all of your other animations.
Let’s do this one together and it will serve as a chance to get back into Blender.
Specifically we’ll dig in to the graph editor and the dopesheet. Don’t worry about materials yet. We’ll use a control to move the ball. This will make animation easier.
Some shortcut keys you may find helpful:
- Control + Tab to move back and forth from the dope editor to the graph sheet
- Shift + H to hide parts of the graph editor
- Home – to frame up your camera in the workspace or to see the whole timeline / graph editor
- V to look at the handles in the graph editor
- Control + Middle Mouse to scale graph editor and dope sheet
Assignment: Ball Challenge Activity Assignment
(Bowling Ball, Bocce Ball, Superball, tennis ball, ping pong ball, marble, beach ball – you get the point)
Pick one type of ball, create a five second sequence (24 fps)
- Add materials to your ball
- Add lighting to illuminate your scene
- Add some staging to make the animation interesting
- Use your camera to set up an appealing shot.
- Render as .mp4
Filename: type of ball_bounce.mp4 and upload to Google Classroom
Due: Monday, January 29th
11:00 English with Mx. Yopp
11:50 Careers in Animation
Careers in the Animation Field – so many!
There are a lot of careers in the field of Animation. Here’s a list of some.
More artistic jobs:
Pre-visualization (previz) artist
Matte painting artist
Lighting artist (sometimes seen as more technical)
More technical jobs:
Rigging Technical Director (TD)Fx TD
Head of Tools (R & D)
Visual Effects Supervisor
Director of Photography
Investigate one Artistic Job and one Technical Job and one Supervisor Job
(TD stands for technical director).
Select ones that look interesting to you, read about them and do a little research.
To earn an A for this assignment, do your homework. Your words, more than cut and paste. Assignment is in Google Classroom. Investigate, learn, share.
BTW – I used ChatGPT to look up a job. So easy to cut and paste and not really read the results. Be sure you answer thoroughly the questions on the worksheet. I want to know what you think.
12:25 – 12:55 Lunch
12:55 Independent Reading
1:30 Design Challenge
1:55 Production Time and Guided Support
- Ball Bounce Animation
- Careers in Animation
Dailies can be placed in the CAWD2 Dailies Folder on the CAWD2 Public Folders drive