Wednesday, March 30, 2016

CYOA Requirements

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:

* 8 Buttons

* up, over, down, hit states in your buttons
  * goto and play Action Script
* stop
Action Script
  * no stick figures
*multiple motion and shape tweens
* movie clips
* at least three instances of sound, sound should FILL your animation
*At least four places where decisions need to be made

*Restart Button at end of game

Please answer the questions below in complete sentences and send your responses via email to

* Who are the characters? List at least two.
*Where does the story take place?List precise location with details.
* What is the main story from beginning to end? What is the main character trying to do?
* What are the options in the choose your own adventure? What are the outcomes?
* How will your animation be more interesting and better looking than your last project? 

After you send your email you will sketch characters and outline your game.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Animation: Export From Flash To Quicktime and Drop into Vidstore Server

To export your Flash movies do the following:
Make sure you are in Flash

Select File>Export>Export Movie>Format QuicktimeMovie
Click Store Temp Data and Select On Disk in Quicktime Settings

Save it on the desktop.
Name it using the naming convention.

(1_lastname first initial_Yearbook SCNN Commercial)

Next,drop the video in the vidstore server.

Click on desktop background
Select Go in the menu up top
Type Vidstore
Select Connect to server
Type Vidstore
Name: scvideo
Password: Outback23
Select SC Video classes
Place video in Period 1

Animation: Choose Your Own Adventure

You are now
ready to start the Choose Your Own Adventure assignment. This is an interactive game your peers will play. If you want to map out a plan before you begin it might look something like this:
Your CYOA will not have as many options, but I hope you get the idea.

Please spend the entire period creating your main characters and then developing the first detailed background for your CYOA. By the end of the period you should have at least two main characters and the background for your animation. If possible, please start creating movie clips as well. Your characters will move and will therefore be mostly movie clips at some point.

Remember, at the end of the each section the game player will need to decide what to do next. I will go over how to create buttons and action script that will allow you to "code" your game on Friday.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Action Photo Photographer List

Photo 2: Action Picture Assignment March 22-March 31st

Schedule over the next two weeks:

  • You will pick an after school action oriented activity or sport to shoot as homework. The activity must be SC related. Practices are OK but games or matches are preferred. You will shoot 100+ pictures for each activity and turn in a 48 picture Action Contact Sheet on March 31st.
  • Thursday March 24 is an Action Photo practice day at school. Wear athletic clothing and bring running shoes. Bring a ball, frisbee, or other sporting equipment as well.
  • Action Practice Contact Sheet is due at the end of the period.
  • Tuesday March 29 is an out of class action shooting day. You will pick an area around Shoreline to grab action photos. A contact sheet will be due at the end of the period.

Photography Tips : How to Take Action Photography

Australian Motocross Photographer 

Digital Photography Tips for Catching Winning Sports Photos

Action Photo Slideshow

Shutter Speed and Action Photo Review Information is listed below.

F-Stops and Shutter Speed Hints

Please take detailed notes in your own words on the top two reading assignment. You will using the material you learn this week on the cameras.

Camera simulator:


action photographyaction photography

Friday, March 18, 2016

Stop Motion Assignment

Your next project is a 600-800 frame stop motion animation assignment. 

You will shoot still pictures of objects or people and eventually make them move on a frame by frame basis. 

Here is the simplified version of the assignment: take a picture, move the object, take a picture, and move the object etc.

This assignment is the only homework assignment this semester.

You will shoot this assignment away from school anytime in the next two weeks.
You can borrow a camera and/or tripod from me if needed

All pictures are due on Monday, April 11.
You will edit your videos in Adobe Premiere and add sound effects and music.
Last year two Animation students from Shorecrest  won the Seattle Times Three Minute Masterpiece contest! 
Rhys' video:
Chris' video:

Western Spaghetti

Fresh Guacamole

Lego Stop Motion

Star Wars

Stop Motion Pre-Production

Please get in your groups and start planning your production.

1. Please use TEXT EDIT and turn in the following information in the Vidstore server:
A four to five sentence description of your animation project:

  • What are you animating?
  • Please tell me what special "tricks" you will create to make your animation look interesting. What will your characters do that they can't do in real life?
  • Most importantly please tell me the story from beginning to end.
  • What type of music will you use? Why?
  • What kind of sound effects will you add?
2. Create a storyboard of the first 45 frames.

 Each video will need:

1.                 Fade In/Out

2.                 Titles

3.                 Credits

4.                 Music

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Photo 2: Everything due for Spring Quote Assignment

·  24 picture, 4*6 Spring Quote CS 1  
   24 picture, 4*6 Spring Quote Homework CS
· 10 picture, 2*5 Spring Quotes Adjusted CS with quotes
· Best Spring Quote 1 as Jpeg
· Best Spring Quote 2 as Jpeg
· Best Spring Quote for Printing (with or without quote)

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Jumping Code For Unity

public float jumpspeed;

       //In Fixedupdate

        if(Physics.Raycast (gameObject.transform.position, Vector3.down, 3)&&Input.GetKeyDown(Keycode.Space)) 
            rb.AddForce(Vector3.up * jumpspeed);

R for Replay Code

using UnityEngine.SceneManagement;

//Note: This is in Update

if (Input.GetKeyDown (KeyCode.R)) {  
            SceneManager.LoadScene (1);  

Exporting Your Voice/Dialog From Garageband to MP3

  •  Record your audio in Garageband 
  • Plug in headsets and click "Yes" when asked if you want to use C-Media USB Audio Device 
  • Choose vocals you want to use
  • Make sure you select C-Media USB in the Input

  • Record your vocals by clicking red circle at bottom
  •  Record multiple tracks if needed.
  • Click Share at the top of the screen
  • Select "Save to Disk"
  • Change Format to MP3
  • Name sound and save it to Desktop or Music Folder
  •  Add your audio in Flash using File>Import to Library
  • Make sure all of your sounds are on different layers.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Roll A Ball Modifications Suggestions

Improve control of Player
Add New Background
New Objective 
New Level
Re-Design (platforms, maze, ramp, elevator, rail)
Health of Player
New Story
Main Menu
New Challenges
Transparent Border with collider to end game (ontriggerenter) 
Power Ups
Variables with Player Controller

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Candid Pictures To Turn In

Turn in nine pictures. 3 pictures from each candid shooting day.
Turn these in on a 3*3 contact sheet called "Candid Adjusted."
Turn in your best Candid Photo as a .jpeg called "Best Candid."

Photo 2: Spring Quote Assignment


Spring Quote Assignment

"In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt." 
-- Margaret Atwood
Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!" ~Robin Williams
In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours. ~Mark Twain
I sing of brooks, of blossoms, birds, and bowers: Of April, May, of June, and July flowers. I sing of Maypoles, Hock-carts, wassails, wakes, Of bridegrooms, brides, and of their bridal cakes. 
Robert Herrick
You will shoot two contact sheets based around two quotes about the spring season. In other words, pick your quotes and shoot pictures for those quotes.
I will list a few websites where you can find some quotes about spring, or you can find your own.
  • First, pick your two quotes
  • You will have homework due in a week on March 17.
  • You will have an in-class shooting day on
Contact sheets are due at the end of each of these days.
Next Monday you will have class time to adjust these pictures.
Many spring quotes are directly about the seasons and nature. However, you will find many quotes that also deal with events or sports that take place during spring time like weddings, music festivals, baseball, and golf etc. You also may find quotes that talk about spring cleaning, BBQ's, family gatherings, Easter, and Mother's Day etc.
Spring Quotes
You may also use a quote from spring poems.
Don't forget, you can also try to find your own quotations as well.
spring-3.jpg Happy Spring! image by sonmade44

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

SCNN Commercial Animation

Your next assignment will be a 15-25 (300+ frame ) SCNN commercial for anything school related. This could include a dance, a game, a club, an event, a sport, or anything else.

Content must be related to the specific school related item.
All animation should look sharp and detailed.
Use school colors where appropriate.

This must be entertaining in some way. Funny is always a good place to start.

Your animation needs to include:

  • Music AND sound effects throughout
  • Keyframe animation
  • Shape tween
  • Two Motion Tween
  • Two Movie Clips
  • Text that says either "SCNN" or the information for the school club, group, or event
  • Dialogue created by you using Quicktime, Garageband, or other programs (have fun making voices and sound effects)
Most of these projects will be between 300 and 400 frames each at 12 frames per second.

First step: Commercial Treatment

You will write a detailed commercial treatment and email it to the coach or advisor of your club/activity/sport etc. You will ask for their permission to make a commercial and also ask for
suggestions. You will also send me a copy (CC) of this email at

List of advisors:

Treatment questions you must answer in COMPLETE sentences.

  1. What group or activity have you selected as your subject?
  2. Why did you select this group and why do you think you can make an interesting commercial for this group?
  3. What is your original concept? How are you going to SELL your subject?
  4. What will your tag line be? It needs to be something catchy and memorable.
  5. What kind of music will you use in the background?
  6. Please email the advisor or coach of your commercial subject ask permission to create a commercial using your concept. Include me on this email.