Throughout the course, students have attempted a range of tutorials and task to build confidence in using Adobe Flash. Specifically, we have focused on motion tweening, shape tweening and masking techniques, Each of these core animation techniques have been complimented with a step-by-step guide to help students achieve a common goal.
“Twenty animations in twenty-eight days” gives students the opportunity to create an animated film short using Adobe Flash.
Inspired by a YouTube clip entitled 24 Animations in 24 Hours, each story will be later merged together to form a class movie/presentation.
At the conclusion of this task, all short animations will be merged and published together to form a class presentation. With this in mind, it is important that all students adhere to the following specifications to ensure consistency.
- The minimum length of the animation is 30 seconds
- The maximum length of the short animation is 60 seconds
- Your frame rate is optional, however, it is recommended that you use the default setting; 24fps > Stage size should remain as the default setting: 550 x 400px
- You are expected to incorporate sound into your animation.
- Pre-production tasks must be completed & signed off before production begins.
- Final animations will be published as a “Windows AVI (*.avi)” file.
The short time frame does not allow for an in-depth story-line. This task requires students to present a short scene where a simple event takes place. Students need to interpret their own artistic style for the short animation and will need to create all aspects of its appearance using the drawing tools in Adobe Flash. Using copyrighted images from the Internet will not be acceptable and it is recommended that students source their own original content if it is required.
Before production begins, students must complete a synopsis and storyboard which will form part of a “pre-production folio”. It is recommended that students research existing short animation on the Internet before committing to an idea. When the concept becomes more clear, students will then fill out the required documents in the pre-production folio.
The first step in the pre-production process involves the development of a short animation synopsis. The short animation synopsis should succinctly outline information such as;
- What is the short animation about?
- Who was it inspired by?
- Characters / protagonists
- What generally happens throughout the short animation? Use correct terminology.