Thursday, May 19, 2016

Cyber Year 2 Tech - by Tuesday May 24

1. Confirm your choice for a 15-30 second audio clip for your kinetic typography assignment. Be sure that you can use a clip that has a clear beginning and ending, and/or be able to modify the clip by fading the audio, or cutting it in Garage Band or Audacity.

2. Finish your 10 second name animation in After Effects, to get used to the program and get comfortable using the basic keyframes and movements

3. Complete the storyboard exercise using 15 seconds of a kinetic typography (could be the one you've already posted and written about). Please make sure you clearly identify which kinetic typography you are storyboarding and make sure it's on your blog.

Check out my Pinterest board on Kinetic typography for a few samples of storyboards. I'll keep adding as I find more.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

After Effects Tutorials - where to start?

After Effects Basics with Terry White

Start here and watch the 10 tips beginners want to know.
Take notes and open After Effects to DO as you WATCH!! Go at your own pace.

Syncing text to audio. VERY IMPORTANT 10 MINUTES OF YOUR LIFE!!!
Please watch this and then watch it again if need be! Remember the shortcuts, write them down and use them!

Also, there are many videos on After Effects on Video Copilot

Here's another video on Basic typography and motion graphics that may also be helpful.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Instructions for Tattered Seams posters

Would the four students whose posters were selected for print, please read the following suggestions and implement the changes to their posters? Mr. Danakas has requested that they be ready to go up on Friday, which means he needs them ASAP.

Basma: Increase the size of the dates – May 25, 26 27 should be larger for emphasis. Also add a small written by: Rachel Dowzansky below

Farren: Just make the quote slightly smaller to give it a little bit of breathing room and space. It feels like it’s crowded between the side and the hand.

Marlia: Increase the font size for the dates to give them a little more emphasis. Also, it looks like you’ve used a different font for the text at the bottom of the poster. Perhaps sticking with the same font you used at the top (lakeshore drama club presents…) would give it a little more unity.

Please complete the changes, save your posters as pdfs and email them to me at by the end of the day if possible.

That way if they need revisions, I'll email you back and they can be finished by Thursday.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Principles of Animation

For more information and detail about what each of those principles actually means, check out this article about the 'old men of Disney' and the 12 principles of animation. They actually developed these principles and they still check out today and the basis for all animation.

Pose to Pose - understanding key poses. Click here to get a better understanding of creating key poses that essentially create your animation.

Inbetweens and motion arcs. Here you can learn about how to make things appear smooth - timing and motion arcs are particularly important.

Please view the video and read through the article so that you have an understanding of some of the main principles of animation. You will need to be able to identify them in the kinetic typography you analyze, but you should also be implementing some of them in your kinetic typography.

1. Review or learn about the 12 principles of animation. Read the article linked above and watch the video above.

2. Watch and search for more great examples of kinetic typography.

3. Post one amazing kinetic typography video on your blog (It could be the same one from yesterday) and write a brief analysis of the video looking at the principles of animation:

  • 3-4 examples of principles of animation (you need to identify the specific timecode when you observed the principle of animation and explain why you think it's a good example of it)

Some inspiring past student work

Plus, here's the Lakeshore CyberARTS youtube channel with many more...

Kinetic Typography Inspiration

Here's a link to 34 MUST be examples of great kinetic typography.

Please explore on your own as well and find one that really speaks to you.

Post the video (embed) on your blog and write about some of the following qualities:

     Pace, timing, speed, movement (types of movements), emphasis, unity, font choice,
     variety and contrast, balance, colour and overall design.

Here's "The Child" by Antoine Bardou-Jacquet.

Check out THESE informative videos that use kinetic typography to send an important message!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Written statement for Tattered Seams production work

Upon completion of your t-shirt and poster for Lakeshore's production of Tattered Seams please create an artist statement that addresses the following:

1. Creative Process (Go through the steps of the design process)

Discuss your thought process and how you came up with the visual concept for both your t-shirt and poster.

2. Meaning and Visual Language (use elements and principles of design)

Discuss the design choices you made - addressing colour, font, shape, line (other elements) as well as any significant principles of design and how they expressed the desired mood, feeling and concept based on the client's needs. (Old school small broken down family circus - shiny on the outside, falling apart on the inside)

3. Technical Procedure

Discuss the steps you took to create your final product - both tshirt and poster. Did you use a scanner, digital camera, tracing images, what programs did you use and why?
Discuss any technical challenges you had and how you overcame them.

4. Final Reflection

Are you satisfied with your final product? Why/why not? Do you feel that it met the initial requirements based on the client's needs? What did you learn from this project?

Please submit your final products to the Tattered Seams folder AND post jpg or png on the blog
Post your final written statement on your blog as well. 
Due posted on the blog - Wednesday May 3, 2016