Game Design – week 9

Classroom

  1. Presentations
  2. Talk about copyright issues with games
  3. Article about Riot Games
  4. Article about playing games post-Gamergate
  5. Look at the 3D game box on the Gamecrafter websites
  6. Mention Protoaz – board game prototype play testing convention in January
  7. Brief lecture examining the popular game Monopoly. The assignment for after this lecture is to think of one rule change you would add to the game. Write it down and upload it to your Google Drive folder. Video:
    1. History
      1. Monopoly is derived from The Landlord’s Game created by Lizzie Magie in the United States in 1903 as a way to demonstrate that an economy which rewards wealth creation is better than one where monopolists work under few constraints,[1] and to promote the economic theories of Henry George—in particular his ideas about taxation.[3] It was first published by Parker Brothers in 1935. The game is named after the economic concept of monopoly—the domination of a market by a single entity.
        1. 30 years of play testing
        2. Essentially stolen by Charles Darrow from the inventor, Lizzie Magie, who eventually received $500 for it
        3. Was sold during the depression for $4 a game. Darrow was an unemployed plumber, and was hand-making sets and trying to feed his family.
        4. It was popular in the depression because people could spend money and buy properties
        5. Darrow inverted the purpose of the game: now the goal is to bankrupt everyone and own a monopoly
        6. Is more than 100 years old
        7. International tournaments where players win more than $20K if they are the champion
        8. Was used to help prisoners escape in WWII
        9. Played in over 100 countries
        10. House rules make players feel like they are part of the game. Virtually no one plays by the written rules.
    2. How it works:
      1. In the game, players roll two six-sided dice to move around the game board, buying and trading properties, and developing them with houses and hotels. Players collect rent from their opponents, with the goal being to drive them into bankruptcy. Money can also be gained or lost through Chance and Community Chest cards, and tax squares; players can end up in jail, which they cannot move from until they have met one of several conditions.
    3. Aesthetics – visuals
    4. Mechanics – rules
    5. Dynamics – House rules
      1. The game has numerous house rules, and hundreds of different editions exist, as well as many spin-offs and related media. Monopoly has become a part of international popular culture, having been licensed locally in more than 103 countries and printed in more than 37 languages.
  8. Get your game mock up and rules to a point where we can play test all the games next week. Each team will meet with me to go over their game and get feedback. Can you explain how your game is played in 5 minutes or less?

Assignments

  • Continue to read chapters in textbook
  • Write one rule change for Monopoly and upload it
  • Play test your game and finalize the rules – make a rule book

After Effects – week 9

Classroom

Monday

  1.  Presentations
  2. Look at in-class exercise “Emotions” worked on last Wednesday
  3. Discuss ideas for Halloween Project submitted via text file
  4. Demo information about going from Premiere to After Effects (Dynamic Link)
  5. Tutorials: Building Custom Transitions
  6. Work on Halloween Project, book chapters

Wednesday

  1.  Presentations
  2. Tutorials: Create Animated Backgrounds
  3. Work on Halloween assignment and book chapters

Assignment

  • Work on Secret History of Halloween project
  • Work on the next chapter in the textbook and turn in your work to the Google Drive folder

Animation – week 9

Classroom

Monday

  1. Presentations
  2. Check out this article
  3. And here’s another one about Flash
  4. Cognitive drawing exercise look here
  5. Introduce Storyboard Pro
  6. New assignment: write up a simple scene where some action occurs, which includes a background, a character, and audio

Wednesday

  1. Presentations
  2. Cognitive drawing exercise look here
  3. Look at any personality walks that are finished
  4. Use Amelia Baca’s character to demonstrate adding sound fx and score to walk cycle in Adobe Animate
  5. Demo Adobe Animate’s easing tools
  6. Watch 12 Principles of Animation video: 7. Arcs
  7. Do an exercise – have a character move in such a way that you can trace the arcs of their body parts
  8. Continue working on a storyboard for you animated scene

Assignment

  1. Write up. the ideas for your simple scene
  2. Start working on storyboard for the scene

 

 

Interactive Design – week 9

Classroom

Tuesday

  1. Guest lecturer: Neal O’Hara

Thursday

  1. Presentations
  2. Check out this article
  3. And here’s another one about Flash
  4. Look at remaining Anticipation animations, plus games
  5. Watch video 5 in 12 principles: 5. Follow-Through and Overlapping Action
  6. Do animation exercise: animate something coming on to the screen that uses the ideas expressed above. Examples: an alien with an antenna, a person with long hair, an animal with a long tail

Assignments

  • Do the next chapter in the book and upload your work to the Google Drive
  • Finish up your game projects and so we can start a new project next week

 

Interactive Design – week 8

Classroom

Tuesday

  1. Presentations
  2. Grades
  3. Look at Anticipation animations
  4. Work one-to-one with each student on artwork for Project 2 – game project

Thursday

  1. Continue to work one-to-one on Project 2 until it’s done
  2. Watch video 4 in 12 principles: 4. Straight Ahead and Pose to Pose
  3. Work on book chapters

Assignments

  • Do the next chapter in the book and upload your work to the Google Drive
  • Finish up project 2 – game design art

 

Web Design – week 8

Classroom

Beginning

  1. Presentations
  2. Grades
  3. Look at student sites and see what content has been uploaded. Discuss problems and questions
  4. Demonstrate how to transfer websites made with WordPress
  5. Begin discussing Woocommerce

Advanced (4:30pm)

  1. Look at website content uploaded
  2. Work one-to-one with students

Assignments

Beginning

  1. Continue to insert content/do layout on your WordPress website

Advanced

  1. Continue putting your text and image content into WordPress

 

 

Game Design – week 8

Classroom

  1. Watch this video
  2. Check out this article
  3. Presentations
  4. Grades
  5. Make a mockup of your game using: the campus service bureau, home printers, classroom printer, Kinko’s, etc. Play test your game so you can adjust the rules before the convention
  6. Sign up for a convention game testing slot at this link (2 hours, max of 3 people get it at a time with free passes)

Assignments

  • Continue to read chapters in textbook
  • Create a mockup of your game and play test it so you can adjust the rules. Eventually, you will want to print a rule book

After Effects – week 8

Classroom

Monday

  1.  Presentations
  2. Grades
  3. Show any remaining Frostiana projects
  4. Discuss ideas for Halloween Project submitted via text file
  5. Tutorial: Work with 3D. Get the files here
    1. Understand Renderers
    2. Position 3D Layers in 2D Space
    3. Add Lights to a 3D Scene
    4. Fly Through a Scene with a Camera
    5. Create 3D Type with the Cinema 4D Renderer
  6. Work on Halloween Project, book chapters

Wednesday

  1.  Show any remaining Frostiana projects
  2. Information about going from Premiere to After Effects (Dynamic Link)
  3. In-class exercise: create an After Effects project that conveys a feeling or emotion without using any text or spoken words – use images, video, animation, transitions, graphics, music, sound effects, etc. Make it so someone who’s watching it could guess the feeling or emotion. Make it at least one minute long.
  4. Work on assignment and book chapters

Assignment

  • Work on the next chapter in the textbook and turn in your work to the Google Drive folder

Basic Audio Production – week 8

Classroom

  1. Presentations
  2. Grades
  3. Discuss Chapter 2 from the textbook, starting with Studio Personnel. Here are my notes
  4. Work with your team on Project 2 – Foley Sound Effects – make a video where the only sounds are sound effects you create. It can be between 1-2 minutes long. Don’t leave class early as we have a guest speaker today
  5. 11am – lecture by Loomis about audio on film shoots

Assignments

  • Work with your team on  Project 2

Animation – week 8

Classroom

Monday

  1. Presentations
  2. Grades
  3. Cognitive drawing exercise look here
  4. Do Lip Sync in-class exercise. Download this audio file and download this thumbnail and save them both on your desktop (Note: here’s a video on how to do lip syncing)
  5. More about Toon Boom Harmony

Wednesday

  1. Cognitive drawing exercise look here
  2. More about Toon Boom Harmony
  3. Watch 12 Principles of Animation video: 6. Slow In and Slow Out
  4. Do an easing exercise – have a character ease in, accelerate to a steady speed, then ease out of a scene – do it manually and then with Adobe Animate easing tools

Assignment

  1. Finish up your “personality walk”
  2. Do a Lip Sync animation with your character

 

 

Animation – week 7

Classroom

Monday

  1. Cognitive drawing exercise look here
  2. Then do the work here
  3. Demo how to use bone tool again (we’re going to hold off on using this tool for now)
  4. More info on how to use “bones”
    1. Straightforward example
    2. Information from Adobe
  5. Introduce Toon Boom Harmony

Wednesday

  1. Cognitive drawing exercise look here
  2. Do the work here
  3. More about Toon Boom Harmony
  4. Watch 12 Principles of Animation video: 5. Follow-through and Overlapping Action
  5. Do a  follow-through/overlapping exercise with a character who has some appendage that can be used for this (long ears, long hair, antennae, tail, etc.)

Assignment

  1. Work on “personality walk”

 

 

After Effects – week 7

Classroom

Monday

  1.  Show Frostiana projects used for choral performance (start at 33:45) and – private link – show these as well
  2. Tutorials:
    1. Animate a title reveal
    2. Paint animated brush strokes
  3. Work on Frostiana project, book chapters
  4. The Frostiana project is due Wednesday

Wednesday

  1. View finished Frostiana projects
  2.  Tutorials:
    1. Intro to Clone Stamp
    2. Intro to Content Aware Fill
  3. Discuss new project: The Secret History of Halloween
    1. 30 seconds to 2 minutes long
    2. Unveils the “real” story behind the origin of Halloween (which is whatever you want it to be)
    3. Due Oct. 30th
    4. Before you leave today – create a text file that describes what you want to do for this project and upload it to your Google Drive folder
  4. Work on assignment and book chapters

Assignment

  • Work on the next chapter in the textbook and turn in your work to the Google Drive folder

Game Design – week 7

Classroom

  1. Shorter than normal class – I have a meeting right at the beginning of class (short – 15 minutes), and we’ll end the class at 5pm today instead of 5:30pm
  2. Check this video out
  3. Discuss versions of student games that were finished and uploaded – how did they come out? What would you have changed if you had more time? Look at my notes about the games
  4. This weekend is the Rincon Game Convention
  5. Work with your team on the rule book for your game. You might consider creating a mock up of your game so you can play test it. Here is an example of a template for a rule book. You can find templates on the Gamecrafter website under “Booklets.”

Assignments

  • Continue to read chapters in textbook
  • Work on your board game rules as a team

Web Design – week 7

Classroom

Beginning

  1. Look at student sites and see what themes have been picked. Choose one to use on your site.
  2. Demonstrate how to transfer websites made with WordPress
  3. Check in with each student on website progress
  4. If there’s time, begin discussing Woocommerce

Advanced

  1. Continue to work on database assignment
  2. Talk about the  database assignment. We will working on the stuff below:
    1. Creating a db with MySQL DB Wizard
    2. Creating a table in the db with PHPMyAdmin
    3. Edit PHP code to interact with the new table
    4. Here is an image of the table structure
    5. I will e-mail you the files you will need to do this assignment
    6. You will need to ftp  your final files to the “db2/your name” folder in the dreamco.org directory. You can see a working example of the files on the web here

Assignments

Beginning

  1. Continue to insert content/do layout on your WordPress website

Advanced

  1. Start putting your text and image content into WordPress
  2. Work on database assignment

 

 

Interactive Design – week 7

Classroom

Tuesday

  1. Watch 12 Principles of Animation video: 2. Anticipation
  2. Do an animation exercise -anticipation using these files
  3. Work independently with each student on artwork for Project 2 – game project.
  4. Work on Project 2

Thursday

  1. Finish “Anticipation” animated ad = Fall to winter, and upload to your Google Drive folder
  2. Continue to work one-to-one on Project 2
  3. Check out Bannersnack
  4. HTML 5 banner ad examples
  5. Article about creating banner ads
  6. Work on project 2, book chapters

Discussion Topics (we will talk about these if we have time)

  1. Check out Bannersnack
  2. HTML 5 banner ad examples
  3. Article about creating banner ads
  4. 50 tips for designing the perfect web banner ad
  5. Discuss Multimedia Formats & Funding Options (we may discuss these topics next week, if we run out of time today)
    A. Web apps
    B. Mobile platforms, Mobile apps, Proprietary
    C. Crowdfunding: Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, Patreon (Jason Brubaker), TLC

Assignments

  • Do the next chapter in the book and upload your work to the Google Drive
  • Work on project 2 – game design art

 

Interactive Design – week 6

Classroom

Tuesday

  1. Student show
  2. Look at any finished targeted ad mock ups
  3. Watch 12 Principles of Animation video: 1, Squash & Stretch
  4. Do a squash and stretch ad exercise – selling something to do with one of the balls. Use motion path and orient to path. Download the file here
  5. Demonstrate animation presets
  6. Look at artwork for Project 2 – game project. Talk about how to make a movie clip animation to make your character move their arms
  7. Work on Project 2

Thursday

  1. Demonstrate how to swap out backgrounds and characters in the game file
  2. Check out Bannersnack
  3. HTML 5 banner ad examples
  4. Article about creating banner ads
  5. Work on project 2, book chapters

Discussion Topics (we will talk about these if we have time)

  1. Check out Bannersnack
  2. HTML 5 banner ad examples
  3. Article about creating banner ads
  4. 50 tips for designing the perfect web banner ad
  5. Discuss Multimedia Formats & Funding Options (we may discuss these topics next week, if we run out of time today)
    A. Web apps
    B. Mobile platforms, Mobile apps, Proprietary
    C. Crowdfunding: Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, Patreon (Jason Brubaker), TLC

Assignments

  • Do the next chapter in the book and upload your work to the Google Drive
  • Work on project 2 – game design art

 

Web Design – week 6

Classroom

Beginning

  1. Look at student sites and see what themes have been picked
  2. Introduce Elementor on Siteground sites
  3. If there’s time: discuss the online HTML tutorials
  4. Work on learning Elementor and using it on your site
  5. Check in with each student to see how they’re doing

Advanced

  1. If there’s time, discuss the online PHP tutorials and  how PHP works
  2. Talk about the  database assignment. We will working on the stuff below:
    1. Creating a db with MySQL DB Wizard
    2. Creating a table in the db with PHPMyAdmin
    3. Edit PHP code to interact with the new table
    4. Here is an image of the table structure
    5. I will e-mail you the files you will need to do this assignment
    6. You will need to ftp  your final files to the “db2/your name” folder in the dreamco.org directory. You can see a working example of the files on the web here

Assignments

Beginning

  1. Continue to insert content/do layout on your WordPress website

Advanced

  1. Start putting your text and image content into WordPress
  2. Work on database assignment

 

 

Game Design – week 6

Classroom

  1. Check out this article
  2. Share details with students who are going to the Rincon Game Convention
  3. Your games are due today
  4. Time to work with team to finish up your board game

Assignments

  • Continue to read chapter 1 in textbook
  • Work on your board game as a team

After Effects – week 6

Classroom

Monday

  1.  Turn in and critique Project 1
  2. How to animate a mask in After Effects – demonstrate for real
  3. Show Frostiana examples
  4. In-class exercise (work on this today and Wednesday) – Frostiana
    1. Animate the lyrics of one of these Robert Frost poems
  5. Work on book chapters

Wednesday

  1. Tutorials:
    1. Animate an infographic
    2. Create a handwritten title
    3. Animate a title reveal
    4. Paint animated brush strokes
  2. Continue work on Frostiana exercise
  3. Computers being replaced – back up your work
  4. Work on assignment and book chapters

Assignment

  • Work on Frostiana exercise
  • Work on the next chapter in the textbook and turn in your work to the Google Drive folder

Basic Audio Production – week 6

Classroom

  1. Turn in and critique Project 1
  2. Show control room layout of Dreamco control room and Auralex suggested soundproofing
  3. Bring panel back in and discuss how soundproof panels are built
  4. Talk about Sound Effects, Foley. 
  5. Assign Project 2 – Foley Sound Effects – make a video where the only sounds are sound effects you create. It can be between 1-2 minutes long.
  6. Discuss team dynamics
  7. Question: are you folks okay with your existing teams or do you want to create new teams?
  8. Work on Project 2 with your team.

Assignments

  • Work with your team on  Project 2

Animation – Week 6

Classroom

Monday

  1. Cognitive drawing exercise here
  2. Look at any new walk or “personality” cycles people have animated
  3. Bones tutorial video download this file
  4. More info on how to use “bones”
    1. Straightforward example
    2. Information from Adobe

Wednesday

  1. Cognitive drawing exercise here
  2. I’m moving the next “bones” demo to next week, so we can do the exercise below
  3. Toon Boom is working!
  4. Watch 12 Principles of Animation video: 4.Straight Ahead and Pose-to-Pose
  5. Do a straight ahead and pose-to-pose exercise, using example of a guy being surprised by a spider

Assignment

  1. Work on “personality walk” and making a walk cycle using “bones”

 

 

Animation – week 5

Classroom

Monday

  1. Cognitive drawing exercise here
  2. Look at walk cycles people have animated
  3. Other ways to do a walk cycle – download and extract this file

Wednesday

  1. Cognitive drawing exercise here
  2. Watch 12 Principles of Animation video: 3. Staging
  3. Do a staging exercise, using circus files which I will pass around on a flash drive (circus2.ai)

Assignment

  1. Work on character “personality” walk cycle (add elements that make the character unique)

 

 

Instructor: Greg Loumeau