Cmpt 466 - Project Notes


(See also the group page.)

General Outline of Project


Choosing the Project

Be careful in how you choose your project. How well you design your project will have a major impact on its success. Some examples of previously picked projects:

Project Components

The animation will have four components: The entire group should work on the story ideas and development of the storyboard. It is important to have certain group members be primarily responsible for the different tasks: model building, shading, scene layout, motion, and lighting.

There will be five presentations, roughly every two weeks, by the group concerning the status of the animation throughout the semester:

  1. sketch storyboard

  2. developed storyboard, sketch models, sketch frames

  3. final storyboard, developed models, developed frames, sketch animation

  4. final models, final frames, developed animation

  5. final animation, presented during the final exam week
Each student is responsible for being involved in the presentations. Part of your grade will be based on this. See the process at work by the masters at Pixar.

Software

You should determine a software package for your work during your first homework. I will group you such that all your group members have chosen the same software.


Final Editing

For the animation, you should do about 30 seconds of animation with sound and titles.

You can easily add titles using Cinelarra (see also the Guide to CSIL software).

You can easily add a simple soundtrack to the animation using Cinelarra. You won't need to do any precise synching of sound unless you want to.


Complexity

Don't underestimate how hard it is to do good animation. Animation is very much a trial-and-error process. As such, it requires a lot of time to do right. You save yourself a lot of time by attacking the problem intelligently. Plan how you're going to test the different facets of the animation and how you're going to progress from one stage to the next.

It is important that you develop the animation using various levels of complexity. For example,


Web Site

Each group is to maintain a web site containing the following information:

Presentations

Part of your grade is based on your participation of group presentations. I expect everyone to participate at least a little in each presentation and I expect everyone to particpate equally in the presentations for the entire semester.

Presentation 1: Preliminary Proposal

This presentation should take about 5 minutes, plus time at the end for any discussion or questions..

Each group will present, for critique by the rest of the class, the following:

All of this should be put on the project web page.

At this point, the storyboard should be considered a proposal that is subject to change. Remember, this is a tentative plan. This is not cast in concrete. You can modify as you see fit in the next couple of weeks. But I want you to start seriously considering what you're going to do for your project. The group should be looking for constructive feedback from the rest of the class on the storyboard and should be prepared to modify the storyboard based on the feedback it gets. Similarly, with respect to the tasks and their assignment, expect constructive critisism.

Presentation 2: Final Proposal

Each group will present, for critique by the rest of the class, the following: The storyboard, models and scenes should be made available on the web. The general story should be pretty firm by this time and there should be no question about the feasibility of the project. However, there is still room to make some adjustments to the storyboard when problems are encountered along the way.

Presentation 3: Initial Progress Report

Each group will present, for critique by the rest of the class, the following: The storyboard, models and scenes should be made available on the web. Everything should be pretty well decided at this point and initial progress on the objects, lighting and shading, scene composition, and camera positions should be underway.

Presentation 4: Intermediate Progress Report

Each group will present, for critique by the rest of the class, the following: The models and scenes should be made available on the web. A demonstration of the motion desired should be made at this point. Refinement of the other aspects should be well underway.

Presentation 5: Final presentation of animation

The final animation will be shown during finals week. Note that it is not unusual for other graphics students, and sometimes staff and faculty, to come to the final presentations. Sometimes nobody comes; sometimes we get quite a few outside people attending.

The presentation should start with an explaination of the techniques used to produce the animation, who did what, what software was used, what problems were encountered and how they were resolved.


Grading

Grading of the project is based on:

Grading of the individuals in the group is based on:

You will also be required to hand in an evaluation of the members of your group.
Last modified: January 2005
Torsten Möller / torsten AT cs DOT sfu DOT ca