Friday, March 28, 2008

Export your CYOA Movies and Drop them into Vidstore

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

Next,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

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Photomerge Help!

Click the link above for help making the perfect Photomerge.

A very important point from the article: "Don 't use any automatic setting on your camera. If the focus, exposure, or white balance is set on auto, the camera will slightly shift the focal point, exposure, and color to reflect what it's pointing at. As you aim the camera from one area to the next, the changing exposure will make the merged images look splotchy. If you're photographing during the day, set the white balance to daylight or cloudy. For more critical color, do a custom white balance of the area you're shooting."

Photomerge Assignment for Digital Photo

Your assignment over break.

You will create Photomerge pictures. These are 3-5 pictures that overlap to show a wide landscape or cityscape (one big picture).

Your three Photomerges should be taken at three different locations at three different times of day: sunrise, afternoon, and sunset.

Use a tripod if possible. Remember to manual adjust white balance or select something like "cloudy" or "sunny" on your camera.

  • Three locations
  • One Photomerge from each location
  • make sure each Photomerge is taken at a different time

Monday, March 17, 2008

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Lighting Help For Portraits

Lighting Styles

Basic Lighting definitions:

Portrait Assignment

1. Find an interesting human subject. The person you choose should WANT to be in the picture and they should be willing to cooperate.
2. Talk to your subject. Use colors or lighting to create a concept for your portrait. Costumes or uniforms work great. Imaginary ideas are OK. Choose an interesting setting based on your concept.
3. Change angles between shots. Shoot at least 24 pictures of the SAME subject.
4. Use props if they will help the audience learn something about the subject.
5. Vary the lighting. Use filters, flashlights, lamps, or multiple lights to enhance your picture. Use the different lighting techniques that you will read about in class (see above).
6. Encourage different emotional looks. Pretend you are Austin Powers taking pictures. Tell your subject they are "groovy".
7. Having your subjects "pose" in action is just fine.
8. Most importantly for this assignment don't forget your compostion rules. Use framing, leading lines, rule of thirds, color contrast etc. to enhance your photo. Fill the frame.

Finishing Up the Grayscale Assignment

Today you will finish manipulating your grayscale pictures.
Here is what you will turn in to the classes folder period 6:

1. A folder filled with 18 pictures using the naming convention with "grayscale folder" as the assignment.
Of these 18 pictures you should have three each from the manipulation methods we have used in class. There are calculations, Ansel Adams, channel mixer, lightness channel, duotone, and black and white.
Note: please make sure you turn in a fairly equal amount of shadow pictures, both natural and man made, as well as regular brightness/contrast pictures.

2. You will also turn in your FAVORITE grayscale picture. Please use the naming convention and Grayscale print for the assignment.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Choose Your Own Adventure Assignment For Animation

For this project you will be creating an adventure of some sorts that pauses periodically and gives the viewer a choice in where the story goes, thus a "choose your own adventure" tale! Your movie must contain:

* 6+ adventures
* goto and play
* stop
* up, over, down, hit states
* no stick figures
*motion and shape tweens
* movie files
* three instances of sound
* published with naming convention quicktime file and a .html file in a folder

The Process
1. Brainstorm and Idea Session individual and then group
2. Sketches of characters
3. Treatment with story info is next. Answer all of these in complete sentences and place in my classes period 1 folder on the staff server.
  • Who are the characters? Describe in detail.
  • Where does the story take place. Describe the locations.
  • What is the story from beginning to end?
  • What are the options in the choose your own adventure?
  • How will your animation be more interesting and better looking than your last project?
4. Storyboard your video over 30 frames (you will obviously skip quite a few frames when you do this. Just give the general idea.)
5. We will go over how to create movie files.
6. Create the animation
7. We will go over how to add action scripts and buttons to your project. This will be the final piece we add.