Sunday, February 26, 2012

FAO CGAA Year 1: Storytelling 2011/12 - Submission Checklist & Crit Requirements 02/03/2012

A Unit 4 checklist of what you need to complete and submit for Friday's Final Crit 02/03/2012

60% Component - Creative Project

In response to the three story components given to you at the time of briefing, you are asked to pre-produce an original one minute animation. 

Your preproduction is to be submitted in 2 parts;

1) Pre-Viz, to include:

a) 2d animatic with soundtrack & transitions.
b) Maya pre-viz with soundtrack & transitions.

2) An ‘Art Of’ publication, to include:

a) concept art : environment design
b) concept art : character design
c) concept art : prop design
d) Final environment designs
e) Final prop designs
f)  Final character designs (character sheets) 
g) Final presentation storyboards
h) Final script

40% Component - Research  & Development

1,500 word written assignment that analyses critically one film in terms of the relationship between story and structure; you should consider camera movement, editing, and order of scenes

You are asked to produce a comprehensive blog archiving and annotating your creative development during the duration of the unit. You should use the blog to reflect critically upon your own creative practice and the wider cultural and thematic context of the unit.

            Important! Your blog must include: 

1)            Your final CG Pre-Viz.           

2)            Your final Animatic.

3)            Your ‘Art Of’ publication (as Scribd Presentation)

4)            Final Storyboards.

5)            Final script.

6)            Draft scripts/story development  – to include:

a) The Development
b) The Treatment
c) The Step Outline
d) The Premise
e) The Logline
f) Character Biographies

7)            Preparatory Storyboards.
8)            Final concept art for character/environment/props.
9)            Supporting artwork for character/environment/props.

10)          Supporting research for character/environment/props.

11)          Influence maps for character/environment/props.

12)          Supporting research for your written assignment.
13)       Your film reviews for the ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents’ Film series. Please note – in addition to and support of your own critique, your reviews must include a minimum of 3 quotations from 3 different published reviews  + poster art + supporting stills.  Please note - Harvard Method must be used for all quotations and all illustrations to be referenced correctly.   Reviews are to include bibliography and illustration list.

14)            Life drawing.

15)            Your Creative Partnership Archived.

16)            Your submission disc artwork/branding.

17)            Your Premiere Pro exercises as specified in technical classes.

18)        All Maya exercises as specified in technical classes. AnimationTasks and Pre-vis exercises. 

What follows are instructions for your crit presentations and reminders of what you need to present and submit.  Please use your network of creative partners to ensure that everyone has seen this information and understood it.

Okay - you will present on crit day from your blog.  Please prepare a single 'crit day' post that contains your Art Of publication and your embedded Animatic/Pre-viz videos.  In terms of your resulting presentation, the order of work should be as follows: 

  1. Your Art Of publication (as Scribd presentation).
  2. Your animatic.
  3. Your CG Pre-viz.
While you will present at the crit from your blog, you must also submit a submission disc to me, which must include:
  1. Your Art Of publication (as pdf).
  2. Your animatic video file.
  3. Your CG Pre-vis video file.
  4. Written Assignment.
  5. PDF archive of blog.  For instructions on how to export your blog as pdf. go here.
You must also submit a paper-copy of your written assignment with a signed plagiarism form (including your Turnitin ID number*).  Your paper-copy should be bound, with numbered pages.  Please do not leave the printing of your assignment until the last minute! 

Remember - your brief clearly asks you to consider your 'submission disc artwork' - and a printing template is available on myUCA/Storytelling/Unit Materials.  

Important: please note, your Storytelling crit starts at 10am sharp - at which point the doors will close.  Latecomers will be disallowed entry after the crit has started, but are expected to join the crit at a convenient interval.  The grades of latecomers will be capped at the minimum pass  mark - irrespective of content.** Latecomers will join the 'back of the queue' in terms of crit presentations and will present their work at the end of the day in order of their arrival.  Students who have been in attendance since 10am or before will be given the opportunity to leave the crit at this time.

If circumstances beyond your control*** prevent you from attending on time, you must contact Jackie Andrew before 10am, and your situation will be reviewed.   Doors will open at 9am.  Students should seek to arrive in advance of the start time to ensure they are prepared. Your project management and professionalism counts.  Please prepare for your crit as you would for an interview or pitch.  For some 'Rough Guide' style advice re. the stuff of engaging crit presentations, please go here.

Please note: non-attendance at final crit = non-submission.

And finally....

* For information on using Turnitin go here (you'll find the Turnitin upload at myUCA/Storytelling/Unit Assessment)
** Obviously, if the work doesn't satisfy the minium requirements as stipulated by the brief, the work would be failed.
***But not issues in regard to last-minute technical problems (including printing of essays and writing of discs etc.) that reflect poor project management. No student should be printing/writing discs/rendering etc. on the morning of crit day.  Thursday is your deadline, not Friday.

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