CAP 201a - Computer Animation I

Lab 3 - Begin Your Project


A term project for the course is described and requirements are established. Objectives important to this lesson:

  1. Getting ready for portfolios
  2. Proposals
  3. Work plan requirements
  4. Begin and complete work examples
  5. Grading of work

One of the objectives of the program you are enrolled in is a portfolio, a collection of your work that you can show to prospective employers. A portfolio should represent what you have learned to do, what you can do best, and what you have made part of yourself.

Students in previous years have found themselves with fewer work examples at the end of their program than they needed to have a meaningful portfolio. This term, an ongoing requirement for the lab section (and for each following course) will be to produce output for this portfolio. The requirements for this work are simple:

  • Submit a proposal for each project you will work on. The proposal must be approved by your instructor, and must be related to work done in this program.
  • Submit a work plan for each project. This includes a time frame for each phase of the project: character or object design, modeling of the project, and rendering the project as an animated file. (A classic way to do this is to show the model rotating on a stage, if it is not an animated figure.)
  • The work must be done within the time frame of this term, or it will not apply to the grade for this class. Each lab period will provide an opportunity for the student to display their work so far, and to present completed work to the instructor and other students.
  • There must be at least three projects for completion of this assignment. They may and should be related to work from class, but they may not be actual projects from the text. You must use your imagination to devise your own projects for your portfolio work.

As an example, the text has projects to model a soldier and a rocket toy. You may base projects on either, but you may not model the objects from the text for the projects. If you model a soldier, it must be based on your own art, not art from the text. If you model a toy, it may be based on an actual toy you own or have reference art for, but it may not be a toy from the text itself.

  • You must provide a proposal for each modeling project, and it must be approved to count for credit.
  • Work plans must include time frames for beginning and completing projects, including a design phase, a modeling phase, and a rendering phase.
  • You must provide a design for each modeling project which will be graded as a separate component.
  • The output of the modeling phase will be graded on its resemblance to the original design as well as on its work quality.
  • The output of the rendering phase will complete each project, and will be graded as a separate component.

Dream something, draw it, build it, and show it off.