Thursday, May 5, 2011

Follow-up details from the animation programme

Here are follow-up details from the Anination Programme that we are having:

Template for Group Journals:
The link below is the downloadable template that you would need to use for your group journals. Please organise them as such.

Submission methods and deadline:
Your team would need to submit the following 3 items for submission:
  • The Animation Clips
  • The Group Journals
  • The Storyboards/Paper Cut-outs
For the first 2, please submit them, with the correct file-naming conventions, into the SUBMIT folder. Alternatively, you can also pass the files to me personally. The Storyboards and Paper-Cut-outs have to be submitted to me personally too.

The deadline for the above 3 items are on Wednesday, 18th May, by 5:00 pm.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Rubrics for Group Journal and Animation Clip

In case you might have missed, these are the rubrics for the 2 remaining pieces of your works that are going to be assessed. Please take note of the percentages and the marking criteria involved.

Rubrics for Assessment 2: Group-based Journal
Rubrics for Assessment 3: Animation Clip

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Reflections on the Photography and Storyboard performance tasks...

Do give a short statement on ONE key reflection or learning point that you had while doing the storyboarding assignment. Include your reflection in the 'Comments' section of this post.

Comments on your classmates' storyboards...

Please use the 'Comments' section in this blog post to comment on your classmates' presentation and presentation boards.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Using Photography to tell a story

In this exercise, you would be pairing up with another classmate to do up a storyboard-cum-comic strip that would enable you to communicate your intended idea or messaging to a general audience. These are the activities that you would need to do:
  1. Develop a story idea for your comic strip. Just write down, in 1 paragraph, the basic idea of your story. Be mindful of the theme that you and your classmate have in mind, as it must also be appropriate to the toys that you have brought to class. Some examples of universal themes that you might want to consider are LOVE, INNOVATION and TRAGEDY.
  2. By dividing each of your sketchbook page into 4 separate boxes, produce a storyboard of between 4 to 8 scenes (boxes) that would help you to tell your story. Take note of the types of shots that you and your classmate would be taking. I will explain concepts like CLOSE-UP SHOTS, MID-SHOTS, LONG SHOTS and PANORAMIC SHOTS during my class. I will also explain concepts like
  3. Once I have approved your story, you can start to take your pictures of your scenes. With thorough planning, you should be able to finish this part in 30 to 40 minutes
  4. Using the Storyboard template in Pages, work on developing and including your selected relevant pictures to tell your story. You might want to edit the pictures in iPhoto or/and Picasa first, before putting them in into your storyboards! You might also want to include Title Scene, Concluding Scene, Dialogue Bubbles and Story Boxes in your storyboards to help you tell your story, just like I did for my Zoo Story comic strip
  5. For submission, you and your classmate will need to submit these:
    • The Pages storyboard document. Below is a sample picture of what you need to fill up in the template (the first 2 scenes/shots have been done for you as reference). Please rename your file as: 107_Storyboard-TanAhSeng+LimAhLeng.pages
    • Pass ONLY your selected pictures to me so that I may upload them later for you
  6. Deadline: By next Tuesday, 8th March 2011
    Sample storyboard (incomplete); the first 2 scenes/shots have been done as reference

      Tuesday, March 1, 2011

      Environmental Challenge: Developing Essential & Guiding Questions

      As a team, continue working on your Environment Journal to complete the following tasks:

      1. List about 3 or more questions that your team have deemed to be important that needs to be uncovered, based on your previous works on your concepts maps and research
      2. Rank these questions, and identify the ONE Essential Question that your team would like to highlight as a good challenge to uncover in your research. The notes at the bottom of this blog post are some guides to what is defined as an Essential Question (EQ).
      3. From the selected EQ, work on developing a few (3 to 6) Guiding Questions (GQ) that would help you in your research further.
      I would explain further on the work required in class later.

      Notes on EQ:
      A question is essential when it: 
      1. causes genuine and relevant inquiry into the big ideas and core content;
      2. provokes deep thought, lively discussion, sustained inquiry, and new understanding as well as more questions;
      3. requires students to consider alternatives, weigh evidence, support their ideas, and justify their answers;
      4. stimulates vital, on-going rethinking of big ideas, assumptions, and prior lessons;
      5. sparks meaningful connections with prior learning and personal experiences;
      6. naturally recurs, creating opportunities for transfer to other situations and subjects.

      Thursday, February 17, 2011

      Basic Photography: Lesson 2-The Rule of Thirds

      The ancient Greeks are amongst the first to realise the more pleasant effects that a visual presentation using the rule of thirds would present. Hence most of their works of art uses this rule in its visual presentation. In fact the rule of thirds are amongst the first few rules that are taught in basic photography classes.

      The basic principle behind the rule of thirds is to imagine breaking an image down into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts. As follows.

      As you’re taking an image you would have done this in your mind through your viewfinder or in the LCD display that you use to frame your shot. With this grid in mind the ‘rule of thirds’ now identifies four important parts of the image that you should consider placing points of interest in as you frame your image. Not only this – but it also gives you four ‘lines’ that are also useful positions for elements in your photo.

      The theory is that if you place points of interest in the intersections or along the lines that your photo becomes more balanced and will enable a viewer of the image to interact with it more naturally. Studies have shown that when viewing images that people’s eyes usually go to one of the intersection points most naturally rather than the center of the shot – using the rule of thirds works with this natural way of viewing an image rather than working against it.

      In learning how to use the rule of thirds (and then to break it) the most important questions to be asking of yourself are:
      • What are the points of interest in this shot?
      • Where am I intentionally placing them?
      Once again – remember that breaking the rule can result in some striking shots – so once you’ve learnt it experiment with purposely breaking it to see what you discover.

      Basic Photography: Lesson 1-Knowing your focal point

      It is important in basic photography for you to be able to know what are the focal points of the photos that you are taking. Are you taking a single subject matter or a group of people engaging in a certain activity? The reason why a focal point is important is to allow your viewers to maintain their focus on the intended subject matter. Hopefully the ideas and messages that you would want to show, highlight or put across in the photos would be put forth across successfully.

      For example, compare the 2 pictures below:

       Picture 1

      Picture 2

      Which of these pictures would show more clearly the idea of students being engaged in an IT-based activity?

       6 Techniques to Enhance the Focal Point in an Image
      A focal point can be virtually anything ranging from a person, to a building, to a mountain, to a flower etc. Obviously the more interesting the focal point the better – but there are other things you can do to enhance it’s power including:
      • Position – Place it in a prominent position – you might want to start with the rule of thirds for some ideas.
      • Focus – Learn to vary your depth of field to blur out other aspects in front or behind your focal point.
      • Blur – If you really want to get tricky you might want to play with slower shutter speeds if your main subject is still and things around it are moving.
      • Size – making your focal point large is not the only way to make it prominent – but it definitely can help.
      • Color – using contrasting colors can also be a way of setting your point of interest apart from it’s surroundings.
      • Shape – similarly contrasting shapes and textures can make a subject stand out – especially patterns that are repeated around a subject.
      Keep in mind that a combination of above elements can work well together.
      Lastly – don’t confuse the viewer with too many competing focal points which might overwhelm the main focal point. Secondary points of interest can be helpful to lead the eye but too many strong ones will just clutter and confuse.