Advanced Visual Storytelling is designed to teach students how to write, develop, pitch and storyboard their film projects. Students will learn to make strong compositions, dramatic tension, more captivating dialogue, set up gags, build an enchanting love story, find the back history, and create hilarious comedy in their film. Through assignments, students will be taught to cut out waste, improve structure, and make stories more appealing. We'll discuss how to create more interesting characters with strong character arcs. This class will focus on critiquing and improving the story in senior film projects. Black and white classic films as well as Animated films will be studied for good staging and proper story techniques. Assignments will include creating stories and storyboarding those ideas. All story ideas and storyboards will be critiqued in a pitching format, similar to story work done in an animation studio.
This course focuses on techniques, both technical and aesthetic, used to polish and detail 3D animation. The course will lead students with a foundation understanding of Maya and animation towards creating visually dynamic 3D shots using Autodesk Maya. We will use camera polish, final model detailing, shading, and lighting to express the emotion of a scene. Exercises and projects develop the student's ability to dramatically alter the feeling of a set and or character by manipulating lighting, shading, and compositing techniques. Students will gather reference materials, create color scripts and learn to express their desired "look". A final project will utilize class skills and give each student the ability to express their own unique aesthetic style.