Friday, February 29, 2008

Export and Drop in Vidstore Server

To export your Quicktime movies do the following:
File>Export>Export Movie>Format Quicktime
Save it in the movies folder.
Name it using the naming convention.

After you export file as a full-quality Quicktime movie in the movies folder, adjust the permissions to

read and write (click apple-I to get info),
and then drop the video in the vidstore server.
go >
connect to server >
type >
user name = scvideo
password = otis
root = SC Video classes
folder = period 1 or period 5

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Man Made Light

Grayscale Picture Assignment

Homework this weekend:
24 GOOD pictures for your contact sheet. There should be 8 shadows that you create yourself, 8 shadows that are natural, and then 8 pictures with a brightness/contrast relationship.
You will turn in 24 pictures. You will probably shoot 100 pictures over the next three days.

On Tuesday during class and after school you will focus on different levels of color and patterns.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

First Big Animation Assignment

For this assignment you will be making your first of many complete flash animations. This animation MUST tell a story (of your choosing) and needs to contain the following components:

* 8+ layers
* 60+ frames
* 15+ keyframes
* foreground, mid-ground, and background
* both shape and motion tweens
* an intro title
* a story that is obvious to the viewer, classroom appropriate and NON-VIOLENT (i.e. no weapons, fighting, blood, etc)!!!

Please answer the following questions about your first big animation project and put the answers in my classes folder in the proper period.

1. What is your story from beginning to end? Describe in three to four sentences.
2. Who or what are the main characters? What are the traits of these characters? Special powers? Sarcastic comments? Specific clothing?
3. How will you utilize the shape and motion tween techniques?
4. How will you make your intro title interesting? What is your title?

Monday, February 11, 2008

First Photo Assignment

For your first part of your first photo assignment you will get three pictures for each of the categories below at Hamlin Park.
Don't forget to fill the frame and whenever possible please try to shoot something in the foreground,mid-ground, and background.

Selective Focus
Color Contrast
Rule of Thirds
Leading the Subject
Lighting Emphasizing something in the photo
Proper Horizon Line
Balance Mass
Leading Lines
Frame within a frame

For the next part of your first assignment I want you to shoot three different subjects from five very different angles each. Yes, that is a total of 15 pictures.

You need to return to class at 2:05 to import your pictures into iPhoto.

Your First Photo assignment as homework will be to take 24 landscape shots over the weekend of at least three locations. Try to take one set of pictures at sunrise, another set mid-day, and another set at sunset.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Digital Photo Day 2

Good afternoon,
First, bring cameras tomorrow! Thanks.
I'll be back tomorrow. For today I want you to do a web quest and turn your results into me on the staff sever in my classes period 6 folder. You may use your laptops with Word. Remember the reading yesterday? Good. Below is a list of composition elements. You need to search the internet looking for GOOD photo examples of these elements. Don't remember what each one means? Review yesterday's reading.

Here are the terms:
Selective Focus
Color Contrast
Rule of Thirds
Leading the Subject
Lighting Emphasizing something in the photo
Proper Horizon Line
Balance Mass
Leading Lines
Frame within a frame

Getty Images has plenty of good photos, but you may use any site you see fit. This is due today.

Animation Day 2

Hi everyone, I will be back on Friday. Thanks for filling in the comments on the previous post. Here is what I want you to do today:
1. Spent 15 minutes looking in the comments section below for other flash videos to watch. In other words, spend 15 minutes watching videos your classmates recommended.
2. I want you to take out a blank piece of paper, divide it into four sections, grab a pencil or pen, and create four different cartoon characters that you would like to eventually animate. Spend the whole period drawing well-defined characters, but use as many basic shapes as possible (i.e. circles, squares, rectangles etc.) You may find yourself motivated by other characters you've seen in other videos, but please be as original as possible. Turn in your sketches at the end of the period.

See you Friday!

Monday, February 04, 2008

First Day In Animation

Hello! I am unable to attend school today due to illness, but I have what should be a fun assignment for you to work on while I am gone. Our first program we will learn in here is Flash CS3. This is an updated version of Flash that just came out.

I would like you to visit the following websites and watch a variety of flash animation. When you are done watching the animation (spend about 30-35 minutes or so on this) I would like you to tell me what your favorite flash movies were and why you liked them. Please list this information, along with the link to access the animation, in the comments section below. Don't forget to put your name at the beginning so I know you did your work.

Welcome to class! Don't forget to fill in the comment section with your favorite videos. Log in as anonymous and then write your name at the top of your comment.
Mr. Mitchell

First Day in Digital Photography Feb. 5

Camera suggestions:
If you have not bought a camera yet, please purchase one with at least 4 megapixels. This will ensure that the pictures you take can be blown up to print at at least 8.5 *11. If you can afford a camera with more megapixels, by all means get it. A camera with a high optical zoom is nice. Digital zoom doesn't mean much so don't be mislead by a high digital zoom (I'll explain more in class).
I know Canon cameras better than any other brand and I highly recommend them, but if you end up with a Nikon or Olympus etc. you should be fine.
You should be able to find a decent camera at Fry's or Best Buy for as little as $150-$175. Some really great cameras can be found in the $300-$400 range.
Please email me if you have questions.

Class work and homework
This is not a writing intensive course, but there is some reading the first couple weeks of class.
Please take notes on the bold faced words as you read from the links below and make sure you take the quizzes at the end of each section. We will be shooting the various composition elements next week, and we will also have a quiz on this material as well. You need to do this reading during class time (now.)
(start reading the above link at Strive for a Feeling of Unity)
(Look at further examples at bottom of page)