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Design Camp 2009

Design Camp 2009 sessions are wrapping up. Check out the new videos below. We’ve updated the animation curriculum and are now doing two exercises and double-masked green screens onsite. Be sure to check out Design Camp sessions for next year. Sign up early – they fill up quick!

video matrix : urban windows : wk1

An (experimental) collaborative video project I designed and produced this summer at Design Camp. Three College Camp Counselors directed High School Students to act out motions and gestures to custom music. This week it was simulating people interacting in an urban building. The individual videos are shot independently of each other  then combined in post to form one cohesive story or just a music video. To make this possible the students create a story board, character placement matrix, a timing dope sheet and rough sound track. These are all required created before shooting.  The sound track is tightened up and videos are digitally composited (after effects). The 60-180 sec video is completely finished in one day: script to screen.

PDF Download: Actor Action Sound Dope Time Sheet [portrait] 8 1/2” x 11”

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How-To, DIY Stop Motion Animation

Stop motion animation is relatively easy and a blast to do with kids that are interested, the younger the better! However, I’ve had adults request and have a blast with this program. So let’s get started.

Stop motion animation is the process of sewing or seaming together a series of still shots to create a movie. (sequential art images appearing to magically move). It can be done with clay (Wallace & Gromit and Gumby), plastic puppets (The Nightmare Before Christmas) or anything else you can easily photograph and move around. Although you can achieve amazing results, you have to limit some things to make it go smoothly. Continue reading

DesignCamp Featured on creators of iStopMotion has featured the animations produced by Design Camp students on their Video of the Day for August 4, 2008, check it out here:

Thanks again for the folks at Boinx for providing the Design Camp 2008 session with demos of iStopMotion and a discount for DesignCamp students towards the purchase of iStopMotion. If you were a student in the DesignCamp program and haven’t received the information flyer for the discount please contact Nicole Welch.

Design Camp 2008 – Week 3, Group 2

Ryan DeWitt posted Week 3, Group 2 Music + Dance Video.
You can check out more animations at RyanRDU on YouTube.

“Fierce” Out-takes

Even small budget films and animations have the best out-take reels. Watch during Ryan’s morning animation critique as the students reviewed the out-takes from the production of 1 of 10 video matrixes produced during the Art+Design Animation section of Design Camp 2008.

Week 3, Group 5

Afternoon stroll…

The Gallery for the overnight camp sessions for Week 1 and Week 2 are up and running.

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Storyboards Are Key

Working with standard 3″x3″ sticky notes we can easily layout simple storyboards before one begins any real animation. Using a standard 8×11 sheet of paper we can easily get 6 settings drafted out and then extend the storyboard from there based on keyframes or frames-per-second settings you want to shoot your animation at… Getting your key camera angles and setting these blocked scenes helps in finalizing your story as well as starting your project right.