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2022年01月18日Source of the article:School of Creativity and Art2022年01月18日Times of browsing:86

"Writing for Games and Animation" and "Introduction to Animation Techniques" Course review


Course Introduction

Writing for Games and Animation:Taking "Heroes' Adventure Journey" as the main design line, reading and understanding Joseph Campbell's "HEROS JOURNEY", creating a virtual environment where their heroes are located, and encouraging students to continuously explore the creation of various interesting stories that happened during the journey. Interesting stories require interesting games. Through this course, students are guided to display interesting narrative games in different animation forms.

Introduction to Animation Techniques:Learn animation basics related to animation drawing, simplification of digital and stop-motion animation, etc., and guide students to bring animation to life and turn animation into stories.


Teaching methods used in the course

1、Self-created teaching

1. Dice game: Let students design their own dice, and through one of the dice games, decide the order of students' speaking, so that each student has the opportunity to speak.

2. Encourage students to create game boards, draw characters, and build prototypes of their worlds as part of their final presentations rather than lengthy story writing.

3. Show your weekend life with your favorite drawing method and make it into an animated video.

2、Multimedia teaching

1. Make a one-minute Douyin video: Introduce game design and writing skills, and use the Douyin app to keep students' game descriptions short and entertaining.

2. Make 3D angle videos: Animators rely heavily on observation, so students are asked to use their phones to take shots of the action from multiple angles. The teacher divided students into three groups, each filming an action from three different camera angles, and edited these into a composite video for use in animation research. Then ask the students to edit the recorded voice and action video together to become a dialogue, incorporate the dialogue into a storyboard, and convert it into an animation together with the music.

3、Story-penetrating animation teaching

1. The best way to learn animation is to draw stories from everyday life. In the introductory animation technology course, students take a step-by-step approach to animating their own stories. Warm-up activities such as "Draw My Weekend" in each animation technique class allow students to use their memory and drawing skills to present stories from their everyday lives.

2. Find interesting soundtracks and sound effects for the story. An animated story is not complete without music and sound effects, so have students collect animal sounds, recordings of conversations with friends, and other sound samples. Ask them to combine suitable music, sound effects, and animated stories to make interesting animated videos.


Final work display

Each student is expected to stand on the podium to present their artwork or animation and give a live presentation.

Throughout the presentation process, first of all, let them learn how to speak confidently and make eye contact, which are skills that all students must have.


Some student works