CARTOON CAPER

<year one/project three>

<deadline: 4.12.2020>

Your task is to make a one-minute live-action scene that includes an animated character. These kinds of scenes are great examples of 'total filmmaking' that place emphasis on film grammar and technique. You will be introduced to the key concepts of compositing and 2D animation, and you'll also find out more about the processes of recording and editing audio for film soundtracks. 

TASK 1

Develop skills and Knowledge in Animation
and After Effects

What you need to do:

1. Experiment with practical tasks and tutorials that will introduce you to the basic concepts and techniques of animation and After Effects, including masking and tracking.

2. Document your learning on your coursework website. 

How you'll be assessed:

Evidence will be reviewed by your tutor and shared in class. 

Note: some of you have prior knowledge of After Effects, for you the challenge will be to identify what you don't yet know and seek out online tutorials that help you get even better!

TASK 2

Research films, TV shows and music videos that mix animation and live action

What you need to do: 

Use research to locate and analyse examples of film and video that combine 2D animation with live action footage. What are the tropes of this kind of film making? Which approaches do you think work best? Write a short (500w) report analysing five examples of films, TV shows or music videos that combine animation with live action. 

How you will be assessed:

You will post your research report and experimental research on your website for peer and tutor review and feedback.

TASK 3

Research the use of audio in films and TV

 

What you need to do: 

Use research to locate and analyse examples of film and video that feature a chase scene. What are the tropes of this kind of film making? How does the story work, how are the shots put together? What is the editing like? 

Pay attention to the audio. Is music used? Is there sync sound? Have audio FX been added?

Write a short (500w) report analysing three examples of chase scenes, making sure to identify how audio is used to enhance the action and help tell the story. 

How you will be assessed:

You will post your research report and experimental research on your website for peer and tutor review and feedback.

TASK 4

Design and create an animated character

 

What you need to do:

You need to document the process of inspiration, research and design of a 2D animated character. 

Working in Photoshop or Illustrator, you need to create an animation-ready asset that can be composited into your filmed sequence. 

 

How you will be assessed: 
You will post evidence of the character design process on your website for peer and tutor review and feedback. Make sure to include evidence of the initial design of your character, explaining your inspiration. 

 

TASK 5

Plan your own one-minute film mixing live action and animation, and using foley audio

What you need to do: 


Create a script and storyboard with clear timings for a short filmed sequence. Keep it simple! Produce an audio plan to support your storyboard. Make sure to plan for where you will include your animated character in the frame. 

How you will be assessed:
You will post your planning on your website for peer and tutor review and feedback.

TASK 6: Produce and edit a short film sequence.


What you need to do:

 

Working in teams (ideally) you will film a short sequence and edit it together in Premiere. 

How you will be assessed: 
You will document all stages of the process using regular production diaries, posted on your website for peer and tutor review and feedback.

 

TASK 7: Animate your character and composite into your short film sequence. 


What you need to do:

 

There are a lot of possible stages to this process, and your achievement will be determined by the amount of time and effort you are able to put in at this key stage. Some things to think about: 

The animation can be looped, rather than specific for different shots; using masking is time-consuming but can give great results in terms of inserting a character into a scene. 

How you will be assessed: 
You will document all stages of the process using regular production diaries, posted on your website for peer and tutor review and feedback.

 

TASK 8

Add audio assets to your short film

 

What you need to do:

Using your research as a guide and the plans you made for Task 3, you can add audio assets including FX and music to your chase sequence, and mix to get the best levels for the effect you want. When you have completed the audio pass on your edit, you should be ready to export the finished result. 

How you will be assessed:
You will document your practical process with screen grabs and diary entries. You will post your completed short film onto your website for peer and tutor review and feedback. 

 

Due to technical difficulties on campus, then national lockdown, we were unable to include audio in this project in the way we'd hoped.

As a result a separate audio project has been created to make sure that the requirements for Unit 5 will be met... 

TASK 9

Evaluate the process of making a short film that mixes live action with 2D animation

What you need to do:


Write an evaluative report (500w) that clearly reflects on the audio and moving-image production aspects of the project, as well as the advantages and challenges of working as part of a team (if possible). 

How you will be assessed:
You will post your evaluation on your website for peer and tutor review and feedback.