Wednesday, 15 December 2021

DA702 Character Acting Starts 10 Jan 2022

Animation by Alex Southcombe
Starting in the New Year our masters' students tackle DA702, the second animation module on our online masters' degree in 3D animation. Classes start on 10 January 2022.

The module is titled DA702 - Character Performance, and builds up to an entry into the March 2022 Eleven Second Club competition.  

On March 1st 2022 the club's official line of dialogue will be released, and our students have until March 30 to submit their finished work. DA702 PR1 assignment is due on Wednesday 30th March 2022 at 2pm.

DA701 PR1 - 11 Second Club Entry
In this second module, students get to grips with character performance, including acting, dialogue and lipsync.  DA702 CW1 is due on Friday 4th March 2022.  The second submission is DA702 PR1, a character animation performance and entry in the monthly 11 Second Club competition. DA702 PR1 assignment is due on Wednesday 30th March 2022 at 2pm.

11 Second Club Entry by Jinng Hwee Tan
DA701 PR1 Assignment Brief
This assignment DA702 PR1 involves entry into the monthly 11 Second Club animation competition. The final animation should be uploaded to your Vimeo channel and then submitted to your tutor via email, along with a single PDF document showing your preparation and planning, such as storyboards and/or thumbnail sketches.

Formative feedback
All our students are encouraged to seek formative feedback prior to submission of the assignment.  Animation is an iterative process, and students are strongly encouraged to get formative feedback on their work-in-progress. Any students who wants informal feedback on their work-in-progress should upload drawings, or thumbnails, or a movie file to the Facebook classroom at any time.

Assessment Criteria
Alien by Jeton Lakna

Creativity – 25%
Creativity – Imagination – invention – innovation

Pre-Production - 25%
planning - use of thumbnails – storyboards – live action reference

Production – 25%
Quality of animation – application of the twelve principles of animation - weight and flexibility – Quality of performance – use of cameras – acting – dialogue & lipsync

Post-production – 25%
Texturing – lighting – rendering - titles and credits - sound design

11 Second Club Submission by Jinng Hwee Tan
Below is an example of a strong submission for DA702 PR1 by Bucks MA student Jinng Hwee Tan. Jinng hasn't lit and rendered the shot, so he will have lost marks for post-production, but the quality of his animation is very strong, and the camera work also works very well.

11 Second Club entry by Victoria Bailey
Below is an strong example of a submission for DA702 PR1 by Bucks MA student Victoria Bailey. It is also a good example of a two character scene in which the second character is offstage. To see more about how to handle a two shot (two characters acting together) see this blog post.

To see the schedule, take a look at the calendar below. The module starts on 4th January 2022, and begins with formative feedback at Animation Apprentice.

Assignment submission - Please Read!
DA702 PR1 is due on Wednesday 30th March 2022 at 2pm. Please upload your video to YouTube and email the link to me at  Students are also assessed on their development and pre-production, so please attach to the email a single PDF document showing evidence of planning, such as thumbnail sketches and/or live action reference. Alternatively, this can be uploaded to your blog or website.

For more on the experience of studying at Bucks New University, come and visit us at one of our Open Days, take a virtual tour of one of our animation studios, check out what our students think of our course, and see why we're ranked in the top 12 creative universities in the UK.

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