Composited animation task
Digital Media Technology
In Conjunction with Eike’s 302CDE module you are to produce an integrated live and
computer generated movie of no more than one minute in length.
Get inspiration from: Transformers, Lord of
Later Star Wars movies,
Adverts (toilet duck!!)
Decide upon a topic for a one minute composited video and computer
The movie MUST have some sort of story/narrative element
even it is as
car falls of the edge of (live) desk.
Develop a storyboard
(planning sheet describing exact shots
and timings needed for animated content)
movie. This should be
VERY detailed as you will have to match up live shots and animated fo
For this exercise there are
graded levels of difficulty:
Static live shot with static (non mobile) computer animation.
Multiple angle live shots, with cuts, matched with matched angle
Motion live camera (mobile framing) with matched
Motion live camera (mobile framing) with cuts, with matched mobile
animation with cuts.
You will not be expected to rig and animate a ‘character’ for your animation
component (unless you are really keen).
Things to think about.
Does the animated content match up with the live content in
terms of scale? How are you going to measure this?
Angle matching. Are the live camera and animated cameras ‘shooting’
from the same
Light matching. Does the light direction in the anima
ted content match
the light direction in the live
Shadows and light quality (difficult stuff!). How will your animated
content cast shadows in the live scene. Is the ‘light quality’ in both
Animation theory. (Squash
stretch, ease i
Work as part of a group of three or four to capture the live footage
needed for the composited animation. The group should attempt to
capture the footage for each individual project (3 or 4 sequences)
Transfer video to your home
area on the streaming server.
Composited animation task
Working with Eike,
develop a short
< 1 minute) computer animation. This
may be in the form of a continuous animation or you may de
cide to break it
up into shots or use a mobile ‘virtual’ camera.
how are you going to composite this footage? You could choose
to render your animation against a blue/green background and use
chromakey in Vegas. You might ‘import’ the live footage into Cinema 4D and
render against that. You may choose to produce a si
mple ‘Alpha Matte’ of
your animation to enable the composite.
Eike will guide you on this.
How might you transfer ‘virtual shadows’ onto the live video?
VCD format in Vegas.
should discuss the
production of the movie and
techniques used to create it.
Your report should
define the following terms: Compositing, Alpha Matte, HDRI or Light Probe.
should also contain
a reflection on the pro
duction method. What
worked well? What would you
Include any research sources you
looked at as a brief bibliography.
essfully completing this assignment
means that you will have worked towards
achieving the following learn
Integrate live, recorded and computer generated content into
Use a range of digital technology to integrate multiple sources of
content including the ability to:
Composite multiple visual and audio sources
Mix live a
ction and animated content
Demonstrate an ability to manage multiple source media projects
and file management