Animation Assignments

Compare and Contrast – This accompanies of the first lesson on animation history. Students compare and contrast an old animation (pre 1960) and a new animation (after 2000). Submit ten similarities and ten differences in the Google Doc and fill in the fields on the Venn Diagram. Look at motion, timing, audio, mood, characters, story, setting, aesthetics, cultural references, historical references, intended audience, design elements, etc. If you are not on Google Apps yet, please write out 10 similarities and 10 differences and create a Venn Diagram on the back of the sheet.

Flip Book and Animation Packet – Covering the history of film and animation, basic motion and animation techniques, how elements create mood, CGI basics. Packet available for make-up if needed. Contains mostly off-computer activities.

Use this comic strip for page 3.



Link to this page for an example of CGI for page four and examples to use for the compare and contrast assignment.



Copyrights – As a class we will be strictly observing copyright laws, especially for any work that we may share publicly. Let’s explore how copyrights work and what the different aspects are and how they relate to our work with video.


  1. Intellectual Property – Definition
  2. Copyright – Definition
  3. Copyright – Duration
  4. Copyright in recent news (2014-15)
  5. Open Source
  6. Creative Commons
  7. Public Domain
  8. Fair Use
  9. Piracy vs. Theft

Slide Show – iMovie slideshow using existing images downloaded from the web. Assignment covers copyright basics, computer navigation in the iMac, non-linear video editing, audio introduction, exporting media. Tell a story about yourself using pictures from the internet.

How to import your pics into iMovie and keep them organized-

Build a Slide Show!

Required elements:

  • Titles at beginning, end, and over one of the slides
  • More than one transition style. Use transitions throughout project.
  • More than one audio clip
  • Customize the Ken Burns effect
  • Show ability to set timing for clips or stills
  • Export to student folder

Bouncing Ball – An animation of a ball bouncing up and down,

  • Set up Illustrator to create images in video screen format – choose one of the widescreen formats for best fit on the iMovie screen.
  • Make a background that covers the whole screen area
    • Use Rectangle Tool
    • Make it a light color or pattern
  • Make a surface for the ball to bounce off of
    • Use Rectangle Tool
    • Make it a color that contrasts with the back ground.
  • Lock the Layer with Background and Bouncing Surface
  • Make the Ball on a New Layer
    • Use the Ellipse tool
    • Color it differently than background or bouncing surface.
  • Make a series of pictures in Illustrator that show at least 7 phases of a ball bouncing.
    • Use the Selection Tool
    • Export your first .png (File>Export)
    • Move slightly and then export (File>Export)to a New Folder
    • Name files in sequence
    • Move again and then export again, repeat, repeat….
    • Create Squash and Stretch effect following your written plan
  • Load pics into iMovie and Animate
    • Make each image play for fraction of a second
    • Turn off Ken Burns Effect
  • Export File and load back into iMovie to speed up
  • Make more animations using the same process. Get creative


“Visual contrast and page design
Good typography depends on the visual contrast between one font and another, and the contrast between text blocks and the surrounding empty space. Nothing attracts the eye and brain of the viewer like strong contrast and distinctive patterns, and you only get those attributes by carefully designing them into your pages. If you make everything bold, then nothing stands out and you end up looking as if you are SHOUTING at your readers. If you cram every page with dense text, readers see a wall of gray and their brains will instinctively reject the lack of visual contrast. Just making things uniformly bigger doesn’t help at all. Even boldface fonts become monotonous very quickly, because if everything is bold then nothing stands out “boldly.” ” –

Making Title Pages in Illustrator

You may find the need for a custom title page when working on movies or animations. Illustrator is a great tool for making these pages.
Choose four of the following project ideas and make a one page presentation in Illustrator for each. Think of the information title page added to a video advertisement. Choose your font to impact each particular audience and persuade them to like your ad.
Use the CARP rules as much as you can.
  • A wedding planner
  • A business consultant
  • A ballet
  • A children’s performance
  • A rock band
  • A rodeo
  • A martial-arts studio
  • An Italian restaurant

Extension – Do a page for all of them. Choose a pairing font for each one that you selected.

Typography Terminology:

 Color Theory, Rule of Thirds, CARP rules

We are review design basics and principles as they relate to animation, set design, stagecraft, shot selection, camera work. We will revisit these topics throughout this course. Multi-term students will do additional projects to demonstrate different rules in their projects.

 Animation Reflection

Three critical thinking questions that help students reflect on what they have learned in the first part of the unit on animation. Questions are in the Shared with Me section of Bethel Docs. Make a copy of the document – file>make a copy and write a short paragraph for each

 Animating in Flash

Flash is where a whole bunch of the magic of digital animation can be experienced. Many of the simple web animations, title pages, and simple games out there are built in Adobe Flash.


Flash Page



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