Communication Rubric

Animation Rubric

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Project Criteria

Places Project

Have you selected what you want to do for work someday? If not, this year might be a good time to start thinking about it, so you can prepare and utilize classes that GM offers to work towards that.


The most successful people are not the people with the most money, the most successful people are those that choose to work they enjoy.

Do not make the mistake, that just because you like something you will do it and make money doing it. Often these careers have lots of competition, and it will be up to you to put in the work to better yourself to stay competitive in these fields. If its an interest, get after it, be autonomous, Use the internet to learn more than whats being taught, continue learning through tutorials on YouTube, the learning doesn’t need to stop here. If you’ve created an extra something related to this class I’d love to see it!, Thomas Edison once said “success is one-tenth inspiration and nine-tenths perspiration”

If you don’t have an idea yet, the best thing to do is to learn as much as you can about a variety of jobs or professions. Learn as much as you can about those that interest you. Find out what kind of secondary schooling it requires, what is the job outlook in 5 years? Does this career work with any of your special abilities?

Think about those things for the moment as we go around the room and introduce each other.

Introductions: what’s your name, grade, something interesting about yourself, is there a career in particular your interested in?



Release Form

Website Release

Through this course we hope to impress safe use of the internet, your digital persona, Creativity and Innovation, Collaboration, Problem Solving, Communication, and Responsible Citizenship

The 3D modeling and animation course develops existing digital media literacy that increases student knowledge of digital media careers with a focus toward 3D modeling, animation, visual fx, product design, architecture /engineering, and game design. Students will extend their knowledge of 3D modeling before designing a 3D animation.

Google Classroom: throughout this course you will be expected to keep weekly writing assignments connected to the curriculum and helping you seek new information outside the classroom. After, you sign up for this Google classroom we will use this platform as a place to communicate and turn in writing assignments.

Example Questions:

How can 3D modeling and animation be used to educate and entertain, in a way comparable to, if not better than, the traditional media formats of the past?

How do geometric form, surface and light inside a 3D computer generated environment come together in order to produce a realistic looking image?
In what ways are ideas generated, shared and examined in the early stages of project development? In what ways can a pitch engage, excite and unite a team of professionals to complete a project?
What our aspect ratios? why is it important to understand aspect ratios before beginning a project?
What is the difference between .JPEG, .PNG, and .BMP? What are these three file types used for?

This Site: will be used to organize activities, host materials and links and give an outlined structure to this course.

Your Site: Digital Portfolio Project: We will be creating individual websites for ourselves. Work that you finish in here will be rendered out, uploaded, embedded and reflected upon on these sites. It will be a couple more steps to complete your projects, but will connect you with a few more skills such as web design and give you a platform to show off your work! You can keep this project private if you’d like, but it must be ready to show during the halfway point of the quarter and the end.

Critique: When projects are finished we will hold critiques in this class. This is an important time, possibly the most important time to learn what works and what doesn’t. Especially, when we get into more creative projects. You will receive a grade on well you critique others students work, its important to be positive and also give suggestions that will help improve others work. When vocabulary or technical terms can be used during critique, please practice talking as a professional in the field. Critique


Icebreaker: Marsh Mellow Challenge

Icebreaker: Cell Phone Sharing Activity

  • students will locate a photo, song, or video from their mobile device that best represents them.
  • Each student then shares his or her media and the reason it was selected.

Homework: Create an Avatar. Introduce yourself, tell us an interest of yours, tell us why you signed up for this course, and what you hope to learn. click the link to see mine and create one for yourself!

Avatar definition

Create Word Art that describes you! this will be our second post on our websites.

Unit 1: Story Telling

Can you Write your story in one sentence? You should be able to, this keeps your story focused.

1. Every Part Must Be Essential: When you compose your storyline, be it a fictional or non-fiction example, make sure that each part of the story is essential to the ending. Each character, point, or principle must somehow relate to the main point you are trying to drive home. Anything that does not affect the outcome in some way (directly or indirectly) can be hacked off the story. Remember, Simplicity is key to engagement.

2. You Must Have a Hook In Your Opening: You create a problem that the story solves. Without a good hook, and some kind of way that engages your audience right from the start you’ll miss out on viewer engagement.

3. Draw a Theme Out of Your Story: Stories have a depth of meaning when there is a theme. However, it isn’t always easy to write a story with a theme in mind. Rather, write the story first- with all the points you want to cover. When you’ve finished, stand back from the story for a moment to see if you can draw out a theme. Themes are important to connect to your target audience

4. Keep It Simple: Complicated stories aren’t necessarily better. If your target audience is young, simple is obvious. However, even older audiences can be profoundly impacted when you take a complex idea and reduce it to a nugget that can be remembered.Simplicity is key, think direct, think engagement.

5. Use shots that engage your audience: The stage loves words, your film or video audience loves engaging images. How do you take a boring shot and make it look interesting? Interesting shots are key, your in control of your viewers eyes. Theres a language that we need to learn that sub-consciously reach your audience.

6. Build suspense: you can pull information out about your characters by letting your audience analyze how your characters deal with the smaller problems that make up the big problem.

*Activity Plot Design students in pairs, pick three different cards (characters, setting and conflict) their asked to share their plot (story outline) with the rest of the class.  (35min)

*Activity Use this link to story stimulating images to help you create and write up a one sentence statement that connects the problem to the resolution. Then use this statement to write a one page only summary of your story. Stories will be shared to the rest of the class before the end of class. Be creative!!

Story Telling Worksheet

Story Telling Test 

History of Pixar

Pixar Story Telling Rules

Search the site link above and choose one rule you think is the most important to share with the class.

Pixar Story Telling Rules  (youtube playlist for your reference)

Animation Story Telling

Animated Explainer Videos

Questions for links above

Animation is a limitless medium for telling stories. Artists can create worlds, defy gravity, flip from factual to fantasy, and transport audiences to places they never imagined. The challenge is having the discipline to reel it in and be intentional about your storytelling choices.

This animation was created with the free software called blender. If you have decent computer at home this is amazing program with a stiff learning curve, but when you can do things like this who’s complaining?


Choose one career listed on this website to research for discussion.



Unit Overview

In the Digital Identity Unit you will:

1. Explore the responsible use of online media.

2. Establish your digital portfolio.

Portfolio instructions

3. Get an introduction to our animation program

Unit 3: Traditional Animation

(1 1/2 weeks)

Using programs like the new Photoshop CC we can begin to utilize a traditional video timeline with the drawing features of Photoshop and work our frame by frame animations to get that traditional handcrafted animation look!

You have 4 projects to complete in this Unit.

A walk Cycle, A ball dropping and bouncing and an emotional change in a character. The last exercise in this unit will be up to you to create and design your own animation. Animations will be added to Premiere and then rendered out into one short video showcasing what you’ve created for this Unit. Then you’ll be asked to upload your content to youtube and embed your animations onto your portfolio site under the animation page. After you’ve embedded your video, you’ll be asked to reflect on what you’ve learned during this Unit.

UNIT 4: Keyframe Animation/Parralax Effect

A cinemagraph is an animated hybrid of a still photo and a video… It contains elements of both. Good examples of cinemagraphs can be found here and also here.

*Activity (1 1/2 weeks)

Keyframe Projects


Link to one I did

Our cinemagraphs have prepped us for keyframe animation. probably one of the most widely used forms of animation, often used with titling and text and logos.

Keyframe Animation: Keyframing is the simplest form of animating an object. Based on the notion that an object has a beginning state or condition and will be changing over time.

Your project for unit 3 will be to explore Key frame animations, and the second half of this Unit we will give life to our Photos using a popular animation method called the “Parallax Effect”


UNIT 4: Animated logo or Intro

Check out this site for After Effects templates. create an account, sign in and Download. After after you download you can move the file to your desktop, unzip the folder and open the project. After you open up the project and are in After Effects you can begin to customize your project.

Unit Overview

-Using AE Templates

-Copyright /Creative Commons

-Filetypes (.Jpeg vs. .PNG vs. .BMP)

-Saving Large format images vs. Thumbnail images. compare to (HD vs SD vs 4K) Aspect ratios

-Photoshop Basics

-Posting onto Digital Portfolios

CREATE A DIGITAL LOGO (or image to represent yourself. This image must be simplified and altered using photoshop or another App) 

  1. We will start this unit off learning about Creative Commons/Copyright. Video

    2. Use the internet to search and find a copyright free image that you feel is a representation of yourself. After you have found the image you will copy the largest possible size of the image onto your desktop or folder. *This image should be at least 1920×1080. If you plan to delete the background the image can be much smaller. We will use the magic wand tool to complete this task.

   3. Use your photoshop knowledge to simplify the image, play with filters make this image your own Logo. Delete un-needed background elements, distracting colors, or foreground. Simplify your image.  *This does not have to be the focal point of your logo.”

4. During your photoshop exploration, we will learn how to delete elements, extrude images into three dimensional “looking”  and add lights and gradients. * Your image does not need to be saved with all of this work done but you do need to work through the steps during tutorial to understand how these filters work.

   4. When you’ve finished, save your logo two different ways. The first way  will be to save your logo to a much smaller size. The second one file needs to be saved to 1920×1080 in case we want to use it for a full HD animation project. If its a photo logo with “millions of colors” use Jpeg. if its a Logo with limited colors use .PNG. If your art has been simplified to two colors without gradients use .BMP

   5. Under your Logo please answer this question. What is your image and how does it represent you? 

Using After FX use a template to create a logo animation for GM video announcements.

Project Based Projects

PSA Project

Commercial Project

Finished? *Check out some of the sounds on Garage band, could some of these sounds be used to enhance a logo animation? Do the evoke the idea of motion or movement? You can begin to plan what noises you may want to use or even lay a 7-10 second track down in Garage band to animate to!


To create a believeable 3D environment you must understand the 3 building blocks of 3D: Modeling,Texturing, and Lighting

Lets open up Blender for the next 10 minutes please and follow along my projected tutorial of the Blender Interface. I will then give you another 10 minutes to explore before watching  this next video to help get us started.

Tutorial 1

Tutorial 2

Tutorial 3

Tutorial 4

Tutorial 5

Tutorial 6

Tutorial 7

Tutorial 8

Tutorial 9 


Unit Overview

-Frames per second


-Understanding the timeline/Library

-Sound FX, Garage band, Foley Sounds Titles


This is the simplest form of animation. Basically you set parameters with a beginning and ending point for an object, or transition, text  etc. to move, change opacity, color, spin, etc. It’s fun, and you can add more than one keyframe animation on to your project at once.

Project 2: create a 7-10 second Animated Logo for yourself. This can be anything, you can use the image that you just created or re-think and create an object that may represent yourself

When you’ve finished animating, begin to think about what sound FX you could use to give  your animation more emphasis. You can use garage band or record foley sounds with your phone and add them to your timeline.

Render your video out to a .mp4 (finishing codec) do a .mov if you’d like save the file on a hard drive. The .mp4 (1920×1080) should be uploaded to Youtube. After we upload to Youtube we will use the embed code to copy our videos onto our websites.


Finished?*Those of you that are finished early, please open Blender, use the internet to search for: (Keyframe Animation using Blender) take that same image and see if you can create a Key frame animation with our 3D program.Unit 5: Wireframe Construction (creating a 3D object)

Unit 4: Virtual Tours Animations

I’ll be supplying this class with footage of different places within the united states. I have footage of Florida, Washington DC, Charleston SC, Philadelphia, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Hawaii, and more. Your project will be to create a virtual tour of one of these places editng the footage given to you and creating a animation using Google earth.

Helpful Tutorials on creating this Tour Animation

Virtual Tour