Friday, February 20, 2009

Final Questions: post your answers online by (4/2/09) - for Open House

Note to Students: In our 'classes' we (eventually) develop 'understanding' in our capacity to 'share' with others.  You are developing this understanding through (formative) labs/exercises and the discussions we are 'sharing' with each other (both in class and online through blogs).  As a 'final' to this class, along with 'uploading' your work to - I am encouraging your 'understanding' (sharing with others) the following response questions.

Final questions, ‘subjective and substantiative 
(A Summative Evaluation – students should post this by last class).
Prepare (and post) your answers in time for the Open House (4/2/09).  There is no such thing as a 'wrong' answer (subjective) as long as you can effectively support (substantiate) it.
  • What is animation? Use: Keyframes / movement in time / 24 vs. 30fps / layers
  • What is content vs. context? – identify using a specific example of each or together.
  • When is Flash used? (or/add) How is it different from Photoshop or After Effects?
  • Identify the following items: timeline, storyboard (what makes these items different?  Hint: Title this, "The process of Planning vs. Execution")
  • Tools (Identify on a handout) these 7 'basic' tools - indicating their function: 
(see animations/handouts/activatingTOOLS.jpg (link will be provided - soon)


  1. What is animation? A 2-D or 3-D image that goes throygh different keyframes to give the illusion of movement.

    Content is what he work is about and context is the circumstances in which the work is done.
    The content of my animation is a bird's flight through rain and sun. The context is that is my first animation that has my style: simple, 2-D drawings, with a mixture of real pictures and doodles.

    Flash is an animation program used mainly for videos on webpages and the internet. It's different from Photoshop because Photoshop deals with one still image.

    Timeline - It's where you make the objects on the stage move according by the layers and time.

    Storyboard - an organizational tool to help you plan how long, how, and what you're going to make your animation about.

  2. Excellent work Kara. I've certainly recommended you for the Continuing Education show at the Crossroads gallery. The Continuing Ed department will let you know the details later. I've indicated that I could take care of the 'stills' for your animation - remember to keep your storyboard on hand. Thanks again for all of your hard work. Alex