CAP 101 - Concept & Character Development

Review for First Test

The following questions are provided to help you study for the first test. Do not expect to see these exact questions on the test.

  1. Name two differences between the work done by a blue sky designer and a character polisher.

  2. What is a storyboard? How is a storyboard used in a pitch?

  3. Which is typically done first, voice acting or animation?

  4. What is rendering?

  5. What are two characteristics of each of the following types of characters?
    1. iconic
    2. simple
    3. broad
    4. comedy relief
    5. lead character
    6. realistic

  6. State the rule of thumb, in your own words, that Mr. Bancroft gave us for using characters together that have different levels of realism.

  7. If I ask you to create a character with Mr. Smith's Frankenstein method, what does that mean?

  8. How would you use Mr. Smith's observational character creation method if you are not looking at a good model?

  9. How do you create a character with Mr. Smith's random doodle method? Why is this unlikely to be helpful in creating the cast of characters for Mr. Bancroft?

  10. What kind of drawing is the grid method most useful for?

  11. Why does Mr. Smith not recommend using the gingerbread method for character creation?

  12. What method do both of our authors recommend for drawing new characters?

  13. What general connotation does Mr. Bancroft associate with each of these shapes?
    1. circle
    2. square
    3. triangle

  14. What are the following kinds of movie shots, as applied to animation?
    1. long
    2. medium
    3. establishing
    4. closeup

  15. Characters in an animated cast are meant to show some variance from each other. What are some reasons this is done?

  16. What is a character model sheet? What standard views should be included on it?

  17. What are reference lines for on a model sheet?

  18. Why is a three-quarter profile desireable when developing your character?

  19. When choosing a costume or a prop for an animated character, why should you check the script? What should you do if the script is unclear, and you want to be accurate?

  20. What are some of the facial characteristics that you can vary from one character to another?

  21. What does Mr. Bancroft suggest about drawing a female character that might be applied to a child character of either sex?