Class hours: 9:40 – 2:05
- Welcome to the 2019 Cawd Midterm!
- Building looks like it is moving.
- While we are in Midterm week, Dailies, Mr. Bisson’s English, and all other academics will run as normal.
- There is no Design Homework this week, and we are not going to have Monday morning meetings today. If you have questions pertaining to your Worker Trait grade we can talk privately throughout the day as requested.
- Remember that last Wednesday’s Homework Club was not mandatory as it was the first day back and I didn’t want to be mean, but going forward Wednesday’s after school we will resume as the expectation for students missing any work. Before grading your Tinker Toy Midterm Review I have two students for Wednesday afternoon. Or simply turn in the late work!
9:40 Attendance and Article
9:45 2019 Cawd Midterm
As many of you predicted, Cawd 2019 theme is…
Midterms are 20% of your semester grade. I had to create an assessment which would allow for a high degree of detail and revision, while at the same time being able to be completed at that high level in about a week. Animation is simply too large of topic to do at this level of quality in a weeks time (assuming modeling, texturing, rendering, editing, and revision) so we are shifting our focus to a perfect still frame.
The work should be at a level of quality that it is a cornerstone of your Portfolio for years.
- 80% Midterm Work Product
- Your work – simple as that.
- 20% Worker Traits
- How you work. Just like our normal worker traits I am looking at your punctuality, article reading, working clean, not being a distraction, staying off your cell phone, being productive, etc.
- Create a scene using legos. Not an object sitting on a plane, but a scene. Some examples:
- Use only actual legos, correctly sized, and assembled correctly. You must adhere to the realities of the lego universe. Lego pieces you build must exist in the real world, and they must be assembled as if real. For example you can’t overlap pieces just because we are working virtually.
- A’s will go to scenes which look as if they could be photographs. Specific attention should be given to:
- detail of the pieces
- decals on the pieces (lego faces, lego signs, lego pizza, etc)
- materials – when you create your mix materials to create glossy plastic, we don’t want it too diffuse, and we also don’t want it too glossy. Find the balance depending on your colors, lighting, and scene
- backgrounds – a poorly created background could make or break your project. I strongly recommend creating your background with legos for a consistent look and feel.
- You can use images for skies from the internet. This is the only external asset you can use.
- You can’t use any other image from the internet. You want a lego workers jacket? You want a lego computer screen? You want a lego pizza decal? Create them in Photoshop.
- 2 Renders
- “(lastname)Midterm.jpg” at 1080p in size in a daytime scene (composition and lighting)
- “(lastname)MidtermNight.jpg” at 1080p in size in a night scene (composition and lighting)
- If you are never here for the afternoons, or have a plan where you don’t do afternoon coursework, you only work on first daytime scene render.
- place in a folder called “midterm” on the Web Server. This will live next to your weekly folders.
Midweek Feedback Presentations
- Have a draft render (not required to be complete) ready to present to the class Thursday at 10:00 AM. We will be looking for Rose and Thorn input from 2 students in the class chosen randomly, per presenter. Place this render in the “midterm” folder. Use logical file names for your draft render.
- These draft presentations will give you feedback on what areas you need to specifically work on.
Presentations for Final Midterm Grade
- Next Monday, January 14th at 10:00 we will start our Midterm Presentations. What you present will be your final grade for midterms.
- This does mean that you can work next Weekend at home if you don’t finish by this Friday.
If you are stuck:
- I an answer nothing other than specifics about the Midterm. I can’t help with technical issues, I can’t help with subjective “does this look good” issues.
- You can use a number of different resources available to you just as if you were a professional in industry, a student in college, etc:
- Google your problem, or what you what to learn how to do. I bet your problem has already been solved, maybe even on Youtube.
- Use something like the Blender Artist Communities to get ideas on how to solve your problems.
- Check out Blender Stack Exchange to look through specific questions. Log in and post your own.
- You can ask your classmates for help with the following conditions:
- Nobody touches your mouse / keyboard but you.
- Only your work product goes into your midterm.
- You realize you will be deducted points if your help (getting/receiving) becomes loud.
- You don’t become the annoying student who doesn’t know how to help themselves and is constantly asking the same people for help. Help yourself first.
My final recommendations:
- Of all weeks to have a “good” worker trait grade, this is the week. Limit cell phone, stop staring at Youtube goth dance parties, don’t walk around and cause distractions, take your headphones off when you talk to another designer, be on time, and read articles!
- Work hard, but work smart. Don’t try to model all of New York City for your midterms. Think realistically.