CSE 456 - Story for Digital Animation

Assignment #4

Due: Tuesday July 7, 2009

You have been assigned a role, a group, and a story to improve. Please spend time with the group and discuss the relative merits of the story you've been assigned. Discuss your respective roles and, with your group, write out a beatsheet based on improvements you have made to your story. Your Story lead will take responsibility for the final version of the revised story and beatsheet. Your Animation and Storyboard leads will both complete preliminary thumbnails and sample storyboards for review on Tuesday in class. The Audio and Editing leads will practice pitching the story and plan for the story pitches on Tuesday July 7.


The initial beatsheet and thumbnails will be sent by your story group to the same email addresses for Brian, Barbara, and your TAs (see below) by Monday, July 6th at 5pm.

Each group needs to bring 10 printed copies of your revised story, along with your beatsheet and thumbnails on July 7 to share with the class at 10:30am. You may provide visual support including character drawings or photographs if it helps to bring us into your story world. Remember to use your story checklist as a way to analyze and improve your story. Again, here is the criterion we will be using to evaluate your work:

1. Limited to two characters
2. Will be most appropriate as an animated film - utilizes the advantages of animation as part of the story.
3. Can be produced and understood using a maximum of 3 minutes in length
4. Story takes place in one setting and that setting is preferably indoors.
5. You have defined your characters by assigning three adjectives (ex. kind, independing, caring) to describe each of them.
6. You have defined a specific time and place for your story.
7. You have provided a beatsheet and a list of sequences.
8. You have provided a visual representation of the story that supports your seven steps in a way that best dramatizes your story.


Remember for your pitches to show excitement for the story. Fall in love with the story.
Remember why it is important that this story be told and present that to the audience.
Do whatever you need to in order to bring the audience into the story experience.
Be the characters. Act it out. Practice ahead of time. Practice more than you think you need to.
Be Creative!!


Also, please answer the following questions about each one of your stories:

1. Is the story as clear and succinct as you can make it? If it isn't, how can it be improved?
2. Do you have a visual style in mind for your story and if so, can you describe it or provide visual reference?
3. Why should this story be told? Why would anyone care?
4. Is there an emotional hook in your story? Is it engaging?
5. Have you captured the visual transition in your story? Have you captured and illustrated the story beats? If not, what can you do to improve your visual storytelling?


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