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Matthew Riley
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Chris Barker
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Jeremy Parker
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Required Submissions for the following courses:

Note:

  1. All Submissions must include handing in the following submission sheet:

    Submission Cover Sheet

    If the work is located on-line or on tape, include another sheet along with the cover sheet, which explains exactly where the work is located - full web address, tape name and time location on tape, etc.

  2. A reminder that there are mark penalties for late submission.

 

Storytelling COMM2172, 12 Credit Points

"Script Writing"

Assessment for this course comes, for the most part, in two types of task:

  • Oral Presentations which makes up 30% of the overall assessment.
  • Written assignments which makes up 70% of the overall assessment.

Assignments for Storytelling consists of 4 Parts:

Part A: SCRIPT WRITING ASSIGNMENTS (60%) (Written Assignment Component)

You will select 5 from a selection of 8 short weekly assignments to respond to. Within these five assignments, you must complete one of each of the following:

  • prose treatment for linear or interactive concepts
  • AFC Script or Game Overview and Treatment
  • storyboard (linear) or flowchart and screen layouts (interactive)

Prose assignments should be one to two pages in length and when we move to AFC script format, assignments should be between two and four pages in length. Game Documents should be between one and two pages in length.

You will have one week to complete each assignment.

for further information see: Script writing assignments

Due Date:

Structure - Tuesday, March 10th, 5:00 pm
Character - Tuesday, March 17th, 5:00 pm
Sound - Tuesday, March 24th, 5:00 pm
Dialogue - Tuesday, March 31st, 5:00 pm
Movement - Tuesday, April 7th, 5:00 pm
Storyboard - Thursday, April 16th, 5:00 pm
Time - Monday, April 28th, 5:00 pm
Light - Tuesday, May 7th, 5:00 pm
Bonus Tuesday, May 12th, 5:00 pm

 

Assigned by: Kate Cawley
kate.cawley@rmit.edu.au

Part B: RESEARCH PRESENTATION (15%) (Oral Assignment Component)

From week three, at the start of every Storytelling class, three students will each present a ten-minute review of a previous AIM student work. These critical and analytical ‘case studies’ will focus on the use of one of the elements we will be discussing each week in class, (sound, character or movement for example). These presentations will also identify and discusses the themes, structure and the relationship between concept and visual style.

These presentations will be made individually. Each week a panel of three students will pose questions and comment on presentations as well as jointly assessing the work with the lecturer. All students will both present and sit on the panel at some point during first semester. A more detailed brief will be provided two weeks before your presentation.

You will be assigned an element and a year from which to select a student work for review two weeks before your presentation, a more detailed brief will also be provided at this time.

for further information see: Script writing assignments

Due Date:

Two weeks from the date assigned in class.

Assigned by: Kate Cawley
kate.cawley@rmit.edu.au

Part C: MINOR PROJECT SCRIPT OR TREATMENT DRAFT (10%) (Written Assignment Component)

You will submit a detailed script and storyboard for linear works, or a treatment with storyboard, flowchart and layouts for interactive works. Scripts will be presented in AFC form and interactive treatments will follow the conventions outlined on the notes on form page. If you are submitting a second draft of these, the draft must have developed significantly from the first draft and show consideration to feedback provided at an earlier date.

for further information see: Script writing assignments

Due Date:

Monday, May 12th, 10:00 am

Assigned by: Kate Cawley
kate.cawley@rmit.edu.au

Part D: MINOR PROJECT PITCH (15%) (Oral Assignment Component)

You will pitch a concept for your Minor Project to AIM staff and classmates. You will have approximately 10 minutes each to pitch your idea to the group. We are suggesting 30 seconds of animation, or, in the case of interactive works, 3 screens or areas.

As well as presenting your concept in this pitch session, you will be offering critical feedback on the presentations of your peers. You will be expected to attend and participate in the entire pitch s

Your will need to present all of the following 6 items during your pitch and provide hard copies of each on disk at the conclusion of your presentation:

  1. One sentence synopsis

  2. A Script (linear works). A Treatment (interactive works)

  3. Storyboard (linear), Flowchart and storyboards (interactive works)

  4. Visual style example
    -what it will look like and why
    -example of look/visual references

  5. Sound statement
    How will you use sound within your piece?
    You will address music, spot effects, atmospherics and dialogue within your statement.

  6. Production technique summary - nominate a medium and production process.
    For example, "My project will be a linear, 2D, hand drawn piece. I will create my line drawings outside of the computer, scan them and colour digitally in Painter, then I will compile my drawings in Final Cut Pro and..."

for further information see: Script writing assignments

Due Date:

Monday, May 18th, time tabled between 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Assigned by: Kate Cawley
kate.cawley@rmit.edu.au

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Concept Development COMM2168, 12 Credit Points

"Production Assignments"

Assessment for this course is divided into 2 parts:

  • Folio to include elements appropriate to the discipline specialisation 80%
  • Concept proposal 20%

The Folio (80%) is made up of a number of small Animation and Interactive projects.

Student are required to complete all of the following compulsory projects:

  • Interactive - Web Portrait/Representation
  • Animation - Metamorphosis
  • Animation - Key Pose
  • Animation - Walk or Motion cycle
  • Interactive - Room Project

Students are then required to complete one (1) of the following optional Animation Projects:

  • Lipsync
  • Motion Graphics
  • Table Top
  • CG Pose
  • CG Lighting
  • Simple Motion Capture

Students are also required to complete one (1) of the following optional Interactive Projects:

  • Code - Open
  • Code - Generative
  • Code - Physics
  • Code - XML

So in total, the Folio will consist of 7 projects.

(Note that the Cut-Out Animation Project is assessed as a component of the Collaborative Studio Practice Course. See here for details.)

What follows is a list of all the projects available for the Production Assignment Folio (80%):

INTERACTIVE PROJECT (compulsory) (folio component)
Web Portrait/Representation

Your task is to create an online representation that consists of making a HTML and/or Flash web ‘page’. It can be a detailed description or a looser impression. Think about ‘representation’ beyond the obvious and predictable. Identify peculiar, perhaps unexpected points of interest. Consider what could be engaging ideas about the self, others, authorship and identity that work in an online environment. The project is not about ‘information’ or ‘function’. It is not about creating a ‘portfolio’. Think of it as a personal, more intimate space. Don’t just provide information, create an experience.

Use HTML (Dreamweaver) and/or Flash. This project is not about technology or what programs you use, it is how strong your idea is and how well it is communicated. Very simple HTML content can be used cleverly to communicate an idea with little program expertise necessary. It could be entirely created using simple HTML or Flash or a combination of both.

for further information see: Web Portrait

Due Date:

Monday, April 21st, 5:00 pm

Submit online to the AIM server. See other notes for password, user login etc. Important: from the ‘portrait’ provide a link to the personal blog.

Assigned by: Matthew Riley
matthew.riley@rmit.edu.au

ANIMATION PROJECT (compulsory) (folio component)
Metamorphosis - hand drawn animation

Design a monogram of your initials. This will be the starting point of your sequence. Now design some object or creature that you associate with your personality. These two drawings will become your 'key-drawings' which map out the start and end points of your sequence. Create a magical transformation between these drawings using about 10-15 drawings. This exercise will give you practice in the use of traditional animator's tools - pegs bars, punched paper and field guides. This project will be completed on paper.

for further information see: Metamorphosis

Due date:

Friday, March 27th, 5:00 pm

Assigned by: David Atkinson
david.atkinson@rmit.edu.au


ANIMATION PROJECT (compulsory) (folio component)
Key Pose - drawn animation

Choose a physical action and try to represent this in at least two key-pose drawings that illustrate the extremes of that action. You might also choose to develop drawings that show a character going through a change of its emotional state. You may also choose to inbetween these poses to discover more about depicting weight, gravity and inertia.

for further information see: Key Pose Project
Pose to Pose animation
Inbetweens

Due date:
Friday, March 27th, 9:00 am

Assigned by: David Atkinson
david.atkinson@rmit.edu.au


ANIMATION PROJECT (compulsory) (folio component)
Cyclic Animation - a walk or locomotion cycle

Cyclic Animation - a walk or locomotion cycle - (compulsory)
Choose a physical action and try to represent this in at least two key-pose drawings that illustrate the extremes of that action. You might also choose to develop drawings that show a character going through a change of its emotional state. You may also choose to inbetween these poses to discover more about depicting weight, gravity and inertia.

Notes online: Cyclic Animation and Walk Cycle Project

Due date:
Friday, March 27th, 5:00 pm

Assigned by: David Atkinson
david.atkinson@rmit.edu.au


ANIMATION PROJECT (optional) (folio component)
Lip Synchronisation Animation

Script a single amusing, weird or dark line of dialogue and make your character deliver this in a memorable fashion which takes into account the performance encoded within the recording of your voice talent. Audition and direct your voice talent to get the kind of qualities you are looking for. Use a head and shoulders or head to waist view of your character. Think very carefully about the design of your character and the way facial expressions can tell us something about its personality and its mood. Try and work at least three different poses into your animation which expressively use body language, hand gestures and eyes to convey the meaning of the dialogue.

Notes online: Lip Sync and Lipsync Project

Due date:

Friday, May 22nd, 5:00 pm

Assigned by: David Atkinson
david.atkinson@rmit.edu.au

INTERACTIVE PROJECT (optional) (folio component)
Interactive Code

Students will be asked to explore the use of interactivity and code through one of the following ways:

  • Open - Develop an interactive flash piece based on one or more of some the properties of interactivity - feedback, input/output, time, immersion, randomness, participation, adaptively.

  • Physics - You are to create an interactive work using Flash that uses physics, gravity, kinematics and motion as its primary feature/s.

  • Generative - Using provided FLA files as a basis, create your own system of generative art work.

  • XML - Using XML, develop an interactive piece that uses external data to contribute, structure or influence its content and behaviour.

More Details will be announced on Monday, March 30th.

Due date:

Monday, April 20th, 5:00 pm

Assigned by: Matthew Riley
matthew.riley@rmit.edu.au

 

ANIMATION PROJECT (optional) (folio component)
Motion Graphics

Students will be asked to provide some motion graphics animation in a collaborative After Effects document, animating to sound.

Further information:

Due date:

Friday, May 22nd, 5:00 pm

Assigned by: Chris Barker
chris.barker@rmit.edu.au

ANIMATION PROJECT (optional) (folio component)
Posing in 3d

Students will be asked to create a series of key poses and store them using industry standard tools for the creation of personalized libraries for characters.

Further information:

Due date:

Friday, May 22nd, 5:00 pm

Assigned by: Chris Barker
chris.barker@rmit.edu.au

ANIMATION PROJECT (optional) (folio component)
Lighting Design in 3d

Students will be asked to light generic scenes in order to achieve different directorial, misenscene or conceptual requirements.

Further information:

Due date:

Friday, May 22nd, 5:00 pm

Assigned by: Chris Barker
chris.barker@rmit.edu.au

ANIMATION PROJECT (optional) (folio component)
Motion Capture

Students will be asked to use a motion capture workflow to produce some abstracted animation. Students can choose to abstract existing motion files, or capture generic inputs into a 3d space.

Further information:

Due date:

Friday, May 22nd, 5:00 pm

Assigned by: Chris Barker
chris.barker@rmit.edu.au

INTERACTIVE PROJECT (compulsory) (folio component)
Room Project - 3D Realtime Space

You are to create a realtime 3D “room” of any shape and size. You will texture the surfaces of this space with artwork of your own creation. You will light the space with a series of different light sources.

At the very least, your “room” must include the following:

  • Basic mode of your new space is a “Subtractive” space.
  • The minimum space is a cube of any size.
  • The minimum number of user-created materials is 4.
  • The minimum number of lights is 3.
  • Do not use any of the default materials available within the Unreal Editor.

Naturally it is fine to create more complex shapes for the “room” as well as extra lights and materials. The “room” can be as experimental and “unreal” as you like, however work towards a basic theme or mood for the overall space. What do you want a
person to feel when they enter your room? Awe, wonder, joy, nostalgia,calm, confusion, curious, uncomfortable?

For further information see : Room Project Brief

Due date:

Thursday, May 7th, 5:00 pm

Assigned by: Jeremy Parker
jeremy.parker@rmit.edu.au

ANIMATION PROJECT (optional) (folio component)
Table Top Animation

Details to be announced.

Due date:

Friday, May 22nd, 5:00 pm

Assigned by: David Atkinson
david.atkinson@rmit.edu.au

The Folio Project listing ends here.

The final 20% of the Concept Development Course consists of the following assignment:

CONCEPT PROPOSAL (20%)
Pre-production Animatic/Epoc for Minor Project

Linear Work
A precisely timed animatic. The animatic should include key framing of more complex shots in oder to explain events and actions. If your concept includes dialogue, please provide a rough recording within your animatic. Draft sound effects, music and atmospherics should also be included.

Interactive Work
A detailed EPOC that includes;

  • navigation/site architecture
  • Rough animation that communicates the user experience within each screen/space
  • a rough code mock up with place holder graphics.
  • a rough approximation of sound

Animatics and EPOCs will be assessed by staff on the due date. A booking sheet will be provided for you to reserve a time with a staff member. Students' work will be reviewed individually. You will be given verbal feedback only at this submission point. It is recommended that you take comprehensive notes during these sessions.

Assessment Criteria:

  • Is it a single stand-alone document that contains all major information that is required to understand the concept? Can anyone read/watch this document and "get it" without prompting from the creator or other documentation?

  • How well resolved/considered are issues of staging, lighting, audio, timing, (interface, navigation, and interaction also for EPOCs)?

  • How resolved are any complex post-production/experimental/coding elements? Have they at least been expressed as a demonstration of the user experience?

  • How well communicated is the base concept/mood/theme? Has your original idea carried through the addition of all these new elements?

  • How realistic is the scope expressed by the EPOC? Can it all be completed within the available production time? These preproduction documents are where you must resolve these “Big picture” issues. There is little point to a planning document where the base structure has to be manipulated deep into production.

Due date:

Monday, June 1st, 10:00 am

Assigned by: Jeremy Parker
jeremy.parker@rmit.edu.au

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Collaborative Studio Practice COMM2351, 12 Credit Points

"Group Projects"

Assessment for this course is divided into 2 parts:

  • Small Group Exercises - 20%
  • Individual contribution to a major Collaborative Project - 80%

 

CUT-OUT ANIMATION - Small Group Exercise (20%)

Design a paper cut-out character or object consisting of at least one articulated part. Try not to be too figurative. Symbolic or stylised characters have greater potential for play as the audience has fewer expectations as to how they should move. The cut-outs will be 'back-lit' to produce silhouettes. This form of abstraction and the speed and immediacy of the cut-out technique will help you better focus on the aims and objectives of this exercise which are: to gain an understanding of the frame by frame animation process; to discover through play and experimentation, how you can use small packets of time to make things move in different ways; to use and put into practice some of the basic principles of animation; to attempt some characterisation and story-telling; to become familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of the 'straight-ahead' animation method.

for further information see: Cut Outs

Due date:

Friday 27th March 5:00 pm (depending on resources)

Assigned by: David Atkinson
david.atkinson@rmit.edu.au

GROUP PROJECT - Individual contribution to a major Collaborative Project (80%)

Based on a detailed brief, all students in the course will form a team, each choosing a specific roll to play within the production. This self-organised team will then design, build, refine and finally launch their realtime 3D project all within a 5 week period.

Wednesday, April 8th: Launch of Project Brief

Wednesday, April 15th: Submission of preferences for role in Team Structure

Thursday, April 16th: Announcement of Team Structure

Monday, April 20th: Project production starts

The Project Production is scheduled over 5 weeks, however students are required to supply only 3 weeks worth of labour.

Aside from tasks required by the team, each student has to submit a filled-in time sheet and review form at the end of each week they work.

Due date:

Thursday, May 21st, 5:00 pm

Assigned by: Matthew Riley
matthew.riley@rmit.edu.au

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Individual Studio Practice COMM2352, 12 Credit Points

"Minor Project"

The assessment for this course consists of one element:

  • Self-directed Minor Project  (100%)

Note that a number of preproduction documents will have already been prepared before the commencement of this project, as a requirement of other courses.

MINOR PROJECT (100%)

The following are major dates for the Minor Project:

  • Monday, April 6th: Launch of Minor Project Brief
  • Screening of past Minor Projects
  • Ideas Workshops
  • Thursday, May 11th: Script Hand-in
  • Monday, May 18th: Minor Project Pitch
  • Monday, May 25th: Minor Project Production period starts
  • Monday, June 1st: Animatic/EPoC Hand-in

More details will be in the Minor Brief Document.

Due date:

Friday, June 26th, 5:00 pm

Assigned by: Jeremy Parker
jeremy.parker@rmit.edu.au

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