Project 2

Project 2 – 9/28 – SUBMIT TO JUNO AS .MP4, not .MOV – 10/23
Poem List – Fall 2016
Past Student Examples

Project 2: Representation/Design: Static Image and Animation

We live in a culture of moving images—from video billboards, to animated icons on your smartphone, to YouTube videos—each one embedded with its own pop-up or advertisement—it is important for you to understand what type of image-making practice fits which context. With this project, we will start looking at the concept of the “new aesthetic.” It offers a new terminology and a set of values to be able to understand contemporary images.

In this project you will work with Adobe Photoshop and create multiple raster images to visualize a narrative. You will be given a list of poems to work from or you may choose your own. Poems contain a myriad of meanings and layers of interpretation. The idea here is to form a narrative, but also to move away from a direct literal interpretation or translation of the poem. For Project 2.1 you will be transforming the poem into a series of sequential images ( film stills) and in Project 2.2 you will be using the sequential images you made to create an animated narrative that can be visualized over time.

In 2.1 you will describe the entirety of this poem as a series of five static images. Think of this as choosing the key moments from each section as you would with a traditional narrative structure: Exposition/Beginning, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution. You will be expected to create full-color images that are carefully constructed with an awareness of visual design principles.

In 2.2 you will focus on expanding your poem chosen for 2.1 into a sequence of moving images. You are expected to prepare a series of images and put them in a timeline to produce short, 25-30 second animation (you may also go longer). You may use any of the animation strategies discussed in class or in the tutorials, or any combination thereof – but keep in mind the limitation of three weeks to complete this project – so tweening/keyframing or stop-motion rather than hand-drawn on a video layer would be more simple.

LINK TO POEMS – Will be updated 9/28

Project Timeline
9/28 – Project 2 Assigned
10/2 – Photoshop Tutorial – Session 1 – 12pm – 2pm, Session 2 – 2:30pm – 4:30pm
10/3 – In-Class GIF Exercise
10/5 – Poem Chosen – Preliminary Sketches in Sketchbook Due/Photo Manipulation Technique Exercise
10/10 -Typography Exercise/Working Class
10/12 – Project 1.3 Critique – Short Critiques of Storyboards – Working Class
10/14 – Extra Photoshop Tutorial – 4:00PM – 5:00PM Computer Lab in Addams
10/17 – Working Class
10/19 – Working Class
10/24 – Working Class/Project 3 Assigned
10/26 – Films Due at the Beginning of Class

Project 2.1 – Sequential Storyboard
Due: October 12, 2016 at the beginning of class
To Be Critiqued:
One Printed file on Matte Paper with each image next to each other in a row – 1” margin between images. Each image will be around 5” x 9” originally – you can shrink these down proportionally to fit on one strip of paper from the Plotter.

To Be Submitted: All below in one folder (Eg. Rivkin_J_Project 2)

  1. Your separate storyboard files saved as .tif files with sequential numbers at the end of each file.
  2. Copy of the text you used as a PDF format
  1. Rivkin_J_Project2.1_Storyboard_1.tif , Rivkin_J_Project2.1_Text.pdf


  1. Begin by creating at least five sketches in your sketchbooks.
  2. Create a Photoshop Document that is 640 Pixels in width by 360 Pixels in Height, and 72 PPI, RGB Color Space. This is the same size for Project 2.1 and 2.2 so that you do not have to re-adjust your images from one section to the next.


  1. The images should be in color.
  2. Your images can contain text – be aware that this must be incorporated into your design and not as a standalone caption.

Project 2.2 – Your Poem as Animation
Due: October 26, 2016 at the beginning of class
To Be Critiqued:
Your short film submitted to the Juno Course folder prior to class.

To Be Submitted: (Eg. Rivkin_J_Project 2.2)

  1. One .MOV File


  1. You will make a storyboard of your narrative to plan the image sequence. This will help you determine how many frames you need.
  2. Once you have a storyboard, you will prepare your images and bring them together in Photoshop to create an animation (e.g., tweening/keyframing, puppet warp, video, Stop-motion, etc.). Your main goal is to learn how to tell a story over time by using motion, looping (optional), editing as design elements.
  3. Sound/Audio (which is royalty free) is a requirement.


  1. The animation will be the same size you used for your static images, 640 Pixels in width by 360 Pixels in Height, and 72 PPI, RGB Color Space

EXAMPLES: Past Student Work