Thursday, June 11, 2015

Sign Up For Tech Prep For Animation

Sign Up For Tech Prep
Click Create an account under students click here. 

Create an account. Fill out only forms marked with a red asterisk
For Career Cluster pickle anything you want.
For Future Plans pick whatever is best for you.

Find Shorecrest High School and select Animation, Video, or Digital Photography with Mr. Mitchell as your teacher.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Animation: Export From Maya to Adobe Premiere

Before you export please make sure that your Maya animation project is at least 300 frames and that your animation does something interesting or engaging.

(You can see the pictures better by clicking on each icon).

1st Click on the Render Settings Button in the upper center of the screen.
Next, change your settings to match the one's listed below.

Make sure you are exporting your pictures as TIFF files and that name.#.ext is used.
Also, don't forget to change your starting and ending frames.

You can export four different camera angles so that you can change angles in Premiere.
You will need to export four different times to get each angle.
Next, click out of the Render Settings Box and go to Render in the top Maya menu.
First, click Rendering in the upper left hand corner:
Next, choose Render and Batch Render.

It will take a few minutes to Render your pictures each time you Render a different angle.
Your images will show here:
Create a new folder within this folder for each angle. For example, you could call the folder "Angle 1" or you could call it "Perspective View."

Next, open Adobe Premiere.
Create a new Sequence that is DSLR 1080p24

Go to the Adobe Premiere User Preferences in the upper left hand corner of the screen and click 'General Settings'. Please change the still frame duration to one frame:
Next, import your pictures into Premiere by going to File>Import>Folder
You will need to import each angle separately. Make sure each angle is in a different folder.

Finally, place your pictures in the order you want on the timeline.
You will Next, add music and sound effects as needed.
Don't forget to create a title and credits at the beginning and end.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Maya Character Steps after Polygon is Created

Build joints: X-Ray mode, Skeleton, Joints
Name Joints
Create leg and arm chains
Mirror joint chains as needed (saves time)
Connecting all chains (shift click on named joints, select P to parent joints to one another)
Connecting Joints to model: use smooth blind. Animation>Skin>Bind Skin>Smooth Bind>Option Box>Closest Distance>Bind Skin
Parent Eyes to Skeleton as needed. Select eye and then parent to head joint. Repeat for other eye.
Weight Joints as needed

Rigging the character 1
Rigging the character (slow version)
Common Rigging Pitfalls

Skin Binding: start at 30:00

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Masters of Photography

New Photography Masters Assignment:
 Use email to answer the following questions:

1. Look at the various work from ALL of the photographers listed below. This will take at least 30-40 minutes. You may even explore more up and coming photographers on your own.
2. Pick a photographer that you would like to emulate and pay homage. You will eventually re-create an exact picture and also create your own picture in the "style" of this photographer.
3. Tell me about the photographer and why you picked their work.
 In no LESS than one page please explain:
• Who you chose and who they are (i.e. when, where, what etc)
• Describe their photography: What is unique about her/his style and technique? What types of photos do they take? What are the themes or concepts?
•• Why did you choose this photographer? What do you like about their work/style?
 Please reference different photos and use photography terms that we have discussed in class and from the links below.
4. What two specific pictures are you going to re-create? Why? Please provide a link to these photos. Where will you shoot these photos? Who are what exactly will be your subject? How will you re-create the exact lighting?

Please email this document to me at

Note: Do not copy/paste text from web sites. I will check to make sure that everything written is in your own words. Google is a fantastic tool for checking plagiarism.
  Assignment Due Dates:
June 2nd: Written Description Due at end of period
June 4th: Shooting Day
Homework Re-Create a Photo: Shoot at least 24 attempts.
June 9th: turn in second photo and editing


 Jim Goldberg - documentary, black and white
Christopher Anderson - color portraits and documentary
Chris Jordan - patterns, industrial waste
Cindy Sherman - self portraits, "film stills"
Arthur Tress - staged fish tank images and various stuff
Steve McCurry - landscape, portraiture, photojournalism
Alex Majoli - photojournalism, black and white portraiture
Vik Muniz - photo composites
Loretta Lux - portraits
Julia Fullerton - commercial
Lauren Greenfeld - documentary
Shimpei Takeda - abstract
Walter Ioos - sports

Young and New Photographers:
Chase Jarvis -variety
Rookie Nolan - 
Sarah Hoey - surreal 
Paulina Otylie Surys -