Final Portfolio / Critique Day: DEC 3

Requirements for Final Critique Day: Tuesday, Dec. 3

BEGINNING OF CLASS CRITIQUE  on your Character Animation Project AND hand in of your final portfolio files to the server.

No exeptions. No time to save files. Walk in, on time… be ready or points will be deducted from your final portfolio grade for lack of professionalism. (10 points will be deducted for failure to meet this beginning of class deadline)

Critique will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m.

Final Portfolio Requirements: (This counts as your Final Exam)

Animation Projects:

Your folder of files should have the following projects saved with all accompanying files – Each project should have a .fla file and a .swf file in the folder.

Please label the folders as follows:

  1. Commercial Animation Project – logo + banner
  2. Creative Animation Project
  3. Character Animation

Design Statement:

1-2 page (typed) designer statement answering the following questions in paragraph format: (save as designstatement.docx in your folder)

What did you learn this semester? (Technical + conceptual)

How is your view of animation  and Animate different after taking this class?

What aspect of the animation process did you enjoy the most/the least?

Is there anything specific that you would have liked to have gone over?

How can you improve your design skills for the future?

What do you see as the future of animation?

How can I improve Do you use it?

Anything else you would like to tell me?


Also – if you have changed any of your projects, please list what you have done to improve them within your Designer Statement so that I know you made changes.


Building your Character

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  • Begin building your character in Illustrator or directly in Animate..
  • Tutorial on the bone tool

Things to think about:

  1. What is your visual narrative?
  2. Are you telling a story? Completely a task?
  3. Who is  your character? Think about character development – personality
  4. What are the emotions that you are  illustrating?

Character development resources: 

I love this link with two detailed character questionnaires (Marcel Proust Character Questionnaire)

Obviously, for this project you have to think about your character visually –

What do they look like? Facial features? Hair? Color palette?

What kind of clothes do they wear?

Do they have accessories/props?

A sidekick?

How old is your character?

But you should also think about them, mentally..

What do they care about?

What is the one word you would use to define them?

What is their name?

Updated Schedule

Nov. 5: Work day + intro to character animation project

Nov. 12: Critique on Creative Animation + brainstorming character animation

Nov. 19 + 26: work days for Character Animation

Dec. 3: Final Portfolio Day! (and last class) We will critique all three projects + Designer Statement due.