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Syllabus: ART 4616
Advanced Digital Compositing
Elli D. Edy
Email meaig@yahoo.com
AIM animistress23

Online Extended Office Hours:
I will be logged on to the above AIM Screen Name and available to answer questions and discuss your needs during the following times:
Monday 3 PM – 11 PM
Tuesday 7 PM – 11 PM
Thursday 7 PM – 11 PM
Friday 1 PM – 6 PM
I am also happy to make arrangements to help you in person or online at another time when we are both available. I encourage you to get a free AIM account and drop me an instant message anytime you see me online, office hours or not.

Course LiveJournal Community
I have created a community on LiveJournal as a class resource. I request that you create a free account on LiveJournal to make full use of this learning tool.

What is LiveJournal? http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=56
Create a Free LiveJournal Account:
https://www.livejournal.com/create.bml
Join the Class Community:
http://www.livejournal.com/userinfo.bml?user=fau_digicomp click to join.
Read and Participate:
http://www.livejournal.com/community/fau_digicomp/ Bookmark this site and become familiar with it.
Get Started:
http://www.livejournal.com/community/fau_digicomp/401.html

The last url above contains complete information on getting started and has all the links above it right there for you to click and go.
Important posts including this introductory information and the syllabus, a list of recommended links, announcements and other stuff will be put in the memories section for easy access. To access memories go to the community page (url above) and click the heart shaped icon or the memories list or click the memories link in the user info.

Texts and Materials

Recommended Books:
· The Art and Science of Digital Compositing by Ron Brinkmann. Morgan Kaufmann; ISBN: 0121339602
· Inspired 3D Lighting and Compositing by David Parrish. Premier Press;
ISBN: 1931841497
· Digital Compositing for Film and Video by Steve Wright. Focal Press;
ISBN:0240804554

Recommended Softwares:
· Shake
· After Effects
· Combustion


Course Objectives
· Assemble a “bag of tricks”
· Attain a basic understanding of the principles of compositing
· Train the eye to recognize and dissect composites in a variety of media
· Develop a working competency in one or more compositing software packages
· Use digital compositing to add polish and shine to your animations
· Blend 3D elements with video footage to create special effects
· Recognize how to use digital compositing to your best advantage in the production pipeline
· Have fun!

Course Procedure
Most classes will have a workflow divided into 4 segments of a half hour each for our two-hour class time:
· Principles The first part of the session will be spent on the compositing principles relevant to the day’s topic
· Observation The second part of the session will be spent observing examples of the day’s topic in multiple media
· Practice The third part of the session will involve actively doing the operations of the day’s topic. We will do tutorials and in-class mini projects.
· Play The last part of the session will be time for you to intuitively explore the different kinds of things you can do using the day’s topic. Feel free to bring your animations from other classes in and experiment with them during this time. I will also be available for individual help during this time.

We will have a short break halfway through the session.

Lecture Schedule ***REVISED HURRICANE SCHEDULE***
(subject to change; all changes will be announced in class and on the LiveJournal community)
August 24 – Introduction, Syllabus
August 26 – Background & History
August 31 – Interfaces & Introduction to the Shake interface.
September 2 – 9 SCHOOL CLOSED FOR HURRICANE FRANCES
September 14 – Images, layers & transforms
September 16 – Review & 1st in class mini project
September 21 - Color
September 23 – 28th Alpha mattes & keying
September 30 - 2nd in class mini project & first graduate paper due
October 5 - filters and text
October 7 - 3rd in class mini project
October 12 – work day/assistance
October 14 – work day/assistance
October 19 – Midterm – view midterm projects and critique.
October 21 – 26 – text and motion graphics (various title sequences)
October 28 - November 2 - z-depth and premultiplication. Tutorials.
November 4 - 9 - rotoscoping and quickpaint. “Waking Life” special features.
November 11 - 16 - video
November 18 – 4th in-class project & second graduate paper due
November 23 – Careers and Industry discussion
November 25 – Extra Topics and Review
November 30 - work day/assistance
December 2 - work day/assistance
December 7 – Final Critique
December 9 – Final


Assignments and Grading
Undergrad
In-Class Participation – 10% of grade.
4 in class mini projects – 40% of grade.
Midterm – 10-second minimum composite showing mastery of the interface and operators. Must show shake tree and rendered composite. Please turn in as a shake script and a video file, please use .avi, .mpg, or .mov. 25% of grade.
Final – 30-second minimum composite demonstrating mastery and understanding of the topics the course has covered. Must show shake tree and rendered composite. Please turn in as a shake script and a video file, please use .avi, .mpg, or .mov. 25% of grade.

Graduate
In-Class Participation – 10% of grade.
4 in class mini projects – 30% of grade.
2 Short Papers – Short papers, 1 – 2 pages. First paper will be on the compositing in a movie of your choice. Second paper will be on a compositing topic of your choosing. 10% of grade.
Midterm – 10-second minimum composite showing mastery of the interface and operators. Must show shake tree and rendered composite. Please turn in as a shake script and a video file, please use .avi, .mpg, or .mov. 25% of grade.
Final – 30-second minimum composite demonstrating mastery and understanding of the topics the course has covered. Must show shake tree and rendered composite. Please turn in as a shake script and a video file, please use .avi, .mpg, or .mov. 25% of grade

Attendance Policy
If you don’t want to learn this, why are you here? Showing up is your own responsibility. The less information you are exposed to, the less you absorb and this reflects in the quality of your work, which is reflected in your grade. Everyone gets sick or has mishaps occasionally. You have a variety of ways to let me know when these occur and prevent your attendance. Use them, and you’ll get a lot more understanding if you miss something important. The attendance policy is common sense. If you are not present you had better have a good reason and/or know the material that was covered in your absence.

Auditing Students
Auditing students are welcome. However, if you are not registered in the course and not receiving a grade I request that you please go last in all critiques. It is only fair to the students who paid for the course and have a grade riding on theirs. Thank you for your cooperation.
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