Thursday, March 5, 2009

Day 3 (animation) - Goals and Understandings (discussions)
There appeared to be a rendering issue with Quicktime - when uploading from Flash (.mov) to YouTube. We will discuss this 1st.
Time will be given in class (1st half hour) to review the work from last week and our 'uploading' to YouTube (use the blog posting to access the webpage/link for this class:

Today's Goals: Photoshop - Scanning, file types (.psd, .jpg and .gif), tools (selection tools), layering (in Photoshop)

- Scanning (of character) into various 'modes' for working with native files (.psd)
- Importing to the 'library' (vector based objects vs. shapes with Flash)
- Creating layers (titling) and 'pivot points' for movement
- Review of Keyframes and 'tweening'
- Saving today's work into an .swf and .mov file (for upload)

1) Continue to develop your 'storyboards' for your 'final' animations
Remember to include ideas about 'music' (.mp3 and .aif files are preferred), transitions and timing for your animation (aim for a :30 sec animation) which will use After Effects (next week).
2) Research (option) find job postings for animators / research the 'skills' necessary (and include a list of softwares utilized).  Post the results to the end of Day 3 (below).


  1. I found this website to do job searches in the field of animation:

    One of the jobs I found was with the company, Music Choice in New York. Here are the requirements for the job:

    • Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design or Computer Animation (or related field)
    • Minimum 4 years professional experience as a motion designer for promos or show graphics
    • Minimum 6 years training and working with: After Effects, Maya (or Lightwave), PhotoShop, Final Cut Pro, Illustrator, and DVD Studio Pro
    • Expert knowledge of NTSC guidelines.
    • Knowledge of Harris Inscriber G3 beneficial but not necessary.

  2. Kara,

    Good on the research efforts. My hope is that in your understanding of the job market - as you are doing, you'll eventually find a 'school' or degree program that will afford you the chance at learning (and possibly working while in school/internships). Good research, again - its going in the right direction.

    The fact that an animation festival is hosted (annually) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana - encourages that you consider looking for other 'festivals' and nearby schools that would provide you the chance to study and 'assist' in these programs.