AnimationTaco Logo Animation 1          Second Semester
         ← Dec. 12 to Dec. 16 Jan. 9 to Jan. 13 →

         Jan. 2         


         Jan. 3         

Professional Development Day

         Jan. 4         

Our Goals for this Semester

This semester you will be honing our animation skills by creating a full cartoon and creating work that can go into a professional portfolio.

All professional graphics designers, animator and video game designers must always keep a body of work (a portfolio) available to show prospective employers. As design students, you'll also use this portfolio to gain entry to post-high school technical training and to win grants and scholarships that will help pay for that training. An important part of this class is portfolio development.

So the upshot is that in May you're going to turn in a Portfolio and so I want you to start gathering up your video work and start thinking about your concept drawings in a professional manner. If you have artwork at home, please bring it in. All artwork will be scanned so that we have a digital file and you can take the originals home.

Music Video Project

Objective- You are going to make an animated music video. Your job is to create a visual to go along with the music you've chosen, using written lyrics that transition in and out, along with suitable animation. The music will play in the background. You may use your own music or music from any other source, to include commercially produced CD's.

However, if you choose music under copyright you will lose 10 grade points. This means that if you use a commerical, copyrighted song, you can't get any higher than an 89/B; if everything else is perfect.

The music you choose and the finished music video must be school appropriate; if you have to ask, it probably isn't.

  • The video will last at least 2 minutes. It can be longer if you want, but no shorter.
  • The music can be by a famous singer or group. However if use a famous singer or group you will automatically lose 10 grading pts. If you make up your own music on Garageband, use copyright free music or use music created by a friend and have their permission, you will get the maximum points.
  • The music will be school appropriate. If there is any doubt, it probably isn't. You will lose 5 pts for every inappropriate word or comment.
  • Use appropriate transitions between sentences of the song. I will be showing you how to use transitions in Flash and in I-movie and will show you the different types of transitions.
  • Music will play in the background during the entire project.
  • You will have one character that moves or dances in time with the music.
  • The opening scene will have the name of the song (title), singer/band and your name (as animator).
  • The closing scene will have, again, the name of the song, singer, band and your name, copyrights and any credits you wish to put in.
  • You will publish the video as MOV file and turn it in to
  • Project name is song
  • Student sample.
  • This project is worth 3 summative grades.
  • Rubric

  • Music is in the video. (10 pts)
  • The music is student created. You can use your own Garageband music or music from a friend. Make sure you have permission first! (10 pts)
  • The music has school-inappropriate visuals, words, or comments. The teacher has final say over what is appropriate or not. There is no appeal. (- 5pts for each instance)
  • The music is under copyright by a commercial artist. (- 10pts)
  • The music is appropriately cropped and ends when the visuals end, so that there is no looping or mismatched video/music. The music also ends with a fade out and not an abrupt cut. (5 pts)
  • Appropriateness of images, choice of type and transitions and pacing with the mood of the music. (15 pts)
  • Video lasts a min. of 2 minutes. (5 pts)
  • Visible mouth movements in synch with the music. (15 pts)
  • The opening scene has the name of the song (title), singer, band and student's name (as animator). (5 pts)
  • The closing scene has the names of the song, singer, band and student, as well as the song writer's name, copyright and any credits. (5 pts)
  • Creativity and quality of the overall video. (30 pts)
  • Planning the Project

  • Decide on a song.
  • Research the competition. What other animations out there are doing the same thing you are? What do you like about the competition? What mistakes did they make that you will avoid? How will you make your animation creative, engaging and unique?
  • Decided on a style of animation and what your broad visual goals are.
  • Storyboard the animation (a copy will be turned in for a progress grade on Friday, Jan. 14).
  • Take any dance or movement video if you plan to use rotoscoping. This might mean finding a good dancer to video or cooperating with another animator to trade off work with. Also, you can look online for dance moves.
  • With the song and any video, create a dopesheet (turn a copy of the dope sheet in on Friday. Jan. 14).
  • Animate!
  • Finding a Song

    If you want maximum points, you can create your own song in Garageband, use a friend's song she wrote if you have her permission, or you can find a copyright free song

    Copyright free songs are available from a variety of sources. You can simply type in a search engine "copyright free or public domain music" and see what shows up.

    Another source is to use a commercial music provider. Movie directors, advertising agencies, game designers and other professionals buy their music. They buy licences based on how many times the music will be used and the geographical area that it will be played in.

    One professional provider I like to use is because they offer a free (and we all like FREE!!) educational license for their professional level musical cuts.

    Here's what you need to know about

  • You will need to register using a personal email account.
  • Once you register, you can look (and listen) to all of the music they have.
  • You will see that they have different time lengths avaiable called "Track Cutdowns". This is so that you can get music that is exactly the right length for a 30 second commerical or other standard lengths.
  • Choose whatever music you want and as many as you want and "buy" them into your purchase/shopping basket.
  • When you go to "purchase" you will need to choose the type of license you need. You can see that some are quite expensive! Take a minute to look at the different costs for different licenses. You'll need to know what music costs when you go to create professional animations, games, or movies.
  • Choose Educational In-classroom use License FREE! and check out normally. You won't pay anything and you won't have to put in any credit card details.
  • If you plan to use this video for UIL or other contests, you can go back to pay for the license then. You will need the reciept to send with your competition entry forms.
  • Your music and sound files will download to your Downloads folder.
  • Whoever you use for music, if you need to chose technical options, choose an MP3 or an AAC in as small a bit rate as possible (8bit).


    Here are some music videos that feature animation


    Second Person

    RadioHead Contest Winner

    The Cleveland Show Rap (BTW- How many 5 point gigs for bad language would be deducted from this one if it was graded according to the rubric? Be careful if you use a hip-hop or rap lyric! School inappropriate is not just foul language, but misogyny and hate speech.)

    Anime' Hip Hop (A good example of rotoscoping)

             Jan. 5         

    Animation Lesson- Rotoscoping

    You can take a short movie with your phone or a digital camera and save that as a .mov file and then import it into a Flash .fla file. Once it's in the file, you load it into one layer and then you can rotoscope (draw over) the image in blank keyframes on another layer. Here are some examples and ideas.

  • What is rotoscope?, A rotoscope introduction and lesson.
  • Rotoscope Charles Schwab brokerage ad
  • Rotoscoping in Flash CS4 (still works in CS5)
  • Discussion about rotoscoping
  • Class discussion. What are the differences between motion capture and rotoscoping?
  • Hints...

  • Look at the "sketchier" styles in the samples above to use as inspiration for this project. The looser the style the more successful your rotoscope will end up looking, with the added bonus that the project will be completed faster, too. "Tighter" styles of rotoscoping can look very stiff and fake. You'll see that professional animators use rotoscoping as a starting point, and then animate with more exaggeration. Oddly, with more exaggeration and flair your rotoscoped animation can look more lifelike than slavishly copying real life.

  •          "Lemonade", a rotoscoped film.
             Jan. 6         


    Assign Vocab. #13 summative grade test on Friday, Jan. 13

    Sketchbook Home is here and the Assignment 13 is here. It is due Friday, Jan. 13.

    Storyboard of the music video animation due Friday, Jan. 13.

    Turn a copy of the music video dope sheet in on Friday. Jan. 13.

    The entire Music Video Assignment is due Friday, Feb. 10.


             Lynne Wilde, Instructor .:. school email .:. 763-274-3140 .:. © 2016