Projects in Digital Art
COSC42 - Spring 2007
Instructor: Fabio Pellacini

Milestone 4: Layout and Animation Tests

Discussion date: May 1st. Please note that all submission material is due the day before at midnight.

General Description

In this milestone, you will produce a full animated sequence of your short with the exact timings you expect to have in the final sequence. Consider this similar to producing animatics for your short to test that the actual story is told right. Timings, characters, and actions should all be present and similar to the animatics/layout tests shown in class during the production lecture.

Please remember that this is your last chance to change the story. After the layout tests are done, we will consider your story set in stone. You will only work to make the animation, shading and lighting better, but will not change anything else! On this, we will be particularly strict.

From a technical point of view, we suggest you to split the story into shots which are typically broken down into times when camera angles change or major actions take place. Do not worry about having too many shots, but think about a logical organization of shots to help you break down different parts of the short. We also suggest you put each shot in a different Maya file, so you can later work on them individually (you will do so during animation, but it is nice to know you have an idea about the current split right now).

Submission Material

Place the following content under your group UNIX account in /net/class/cs42/[groupName]/milestones/04-layout.

  • [required] Powerpoint presentation contaning screenshots of your layout broken down by scene; you will use this to present your work; name this file "presentation.ppt".
  • [required] one Maya file per shot containing the animatics; name this file "shot##.mb".
  • [required] the rendered video of the full story - this is your main submission which you will use to describe your story; name this file "story.avi".