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Summary:

Aesop's Fables - Visual Storytelling with Digital Illustration

    ●   Create a Animated Story using Photoshop, Flash and Illustrator.


Learn About:

Hand Drawn Storyboarding Animation in Flash

The Project Happens in 3 Parts:

Part #1: Create a Storyboard ~

Design Always Begins with Paper and Pencil

  •  Students are assigned one of Aesop's Fables.

  •  It's better to assign the fables because students waste time choosing their own.

  •  Then create a Storyboard - a sequence of pictures arranged to represent the events of the story in the order they will occur.

  •  The storyboard is a big part of the first week of the project. The storyboard serves as a reference point for the rest of the project.


Part #2: Move to the Computer ~

Scan your Sketch into the Computer

  •   Scan your drawing and open it.

  •   Or, you can go to Google Images and find things that resemble your prototype drawings, whatever you need - get it.  

  •   Then begin outlining everything with the tools that you will be introduced to during the course of this project.

  •   Create all the characters, backgrounds, text - everything you need to tell the story.

Digital Art and Design

ALL work must be an original creation!


YES, you can trace copied images from the internet but the end result must be modified by at least 90%, meaning that the color, size and name should be changed to be unrecognizable from the original content.


NEVER plagiarize or pass off other peoples ideas as your own.


Last Part: The Final Product ~

hercules-wagoner.swf

Render your Images with Software

•   Present your work to the class!

• The great thing about Flash is students can make it as complicated or simple as they want.

• Ambitious users can use the powerful animation features of Flash, but it's not required.



Aesop's Fables Examples:

These are examples created by students following the Aesop's Fables project.

Example Link Link wolf-and-crane shomel hercules man and snake the bear the sick lion

Aesop's Fables: Day 1 ~

New Project Begins Today  ~  

Introduce this PBL project by reading one of these Entry Documents with the Class - Young Minds, Digital Times OR Animators Ball -

Project Reflection Journal - Attach your previous project to your portfolio and reflect upon what you have learned. 

Search Aesop's Fables and pick a story or look here for more options

Start on this

Begin Sketching your Ideas! Create a storyboard by doing this.


Aesop's Fables: Day 2 ~

"He is wise who is warned by the misfortunes of others."  ~  The Sick Lion

Journal - What is a Storyboard? - You have 10 Minutes to complete this task!

Finish this tutorial from yesterday …

Continue your storyboard

WORKSHOP - What is a Storyboard? What's it used for? When's it Due?


Aesop's Fables: Day 3 ~

“Nature exceeds nurture.”  ~  The Cat And Venus

Journal - Another Storyboard Journal - You have 10 mins. to complete this task!

Tutorial - Coloring with the Paint Bucket - Attach by Due Date.

Continue your storyboard … Due in 2 Days …

WORKSHOP - Storyboard Rubric Review - Why do you have to use Aesop's Original Language? Why do you have to Color it? How much is the Storyboard worth? What about this example? Why do I need a Moral?


Aesop's Fables: Day 4 ~

"SELF-HELP IS THE BEST HELP " ~ Hercules and the Wagoner    ~  

Journal - Conflict! - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Tutorial - Highlights and Shadows - Attach by Due Date.

Continue your StoryboardDue Tomorrow!

WORKSHOP - Storyboard Rubric Review - Why do you have to use Aesop's Original Language? Why do you have to Color it? How much is the Storyboard worth? What about this example? Why do I need a Moral?


Aesop's Fables: Day 5 ~

"If men had all they wished, they would be often ruined." ~ Tortoise/Eagle 

Journal - Moral? or Journal - Name 3 things that Flash and Photoshop have in Common - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Tutorial #1 - Create a Snowman in Flash - Attach by Due Date.

Finish your Storyboard - DUE TODAY!

WORKSHOP - 4 Things Every Flash User Should Know! What things do Flash and Photoshop have in Common? Answer = Lots!


Aesop's Fables: Day 6 ~

Week 2 

Journal - View this Aesop example and comment - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Tutorial - Background Gradients - Attach by Due Date.

Workshop: Watch Video #1 & #2


Aesop's Fables: Day 7 ~

"It is wise to turn circumstances to good account." ~ The Bat and the Weasels

Journal - What is the Moral of this story? - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Tutorial - Scenes and Stop Commands - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #2 - Trace Bitmap - Attach by Due Date.

WORKSHOP - Workshop: Stop Commands

Try this if you Dare! - Bounce a Ball in Flash


Aesop's Fables: Day 8 ~

"The dishonest, if they act honestly, get no credit." ~ The Wolf, Fox & Ape

Journal - Compare and Contrast these two stories - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Tutorial - Background into Bitmaps - Attach by Due Date.

WORKSHOP - Rastor vs. Vector - Final Exam Question?

Try this if you Dare! - Clouds and Hearts


Aesop's Fables: Day 9 ~

"Counsel without help is useless." ~ The Boy Bathing

Journal - Raster vs. Vector Journal - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Tutorial - Circular Spheres - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #2 - Trace Bitmap - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #3 - Filters - Attach by Due Date.

WORKSHOP - Rastor vs. Vector - Final Exam Question?

Try This if you DARE! - Rotating Star


Aesop's Fables: Day 10 ~

"Nature exceeds nurture." ~ The Cat and Venus

Journal - Was the artist successful in their intent? - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Tutorial - Rotating Star - Attach by Due Date.

WORKSHOP - Rastor vs. Vector - Final Exam Question?

Try this if you DARE! - Handwriting


Aesop's Fables: Day 11 ~

"We had better bear our troubles bravely than try to escape them." ~ The King's Son

Journal - Consecutive Elements - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Tutorial - Photos into Bitmaps - You don't have to trace anymore! Attach by Due Date.

Continue Working on your Scenes

Try this if you Dare! - Shape Tween


Aesop's Fables: Day 12 ~

"We had better bear our troubles bravely than try to escape them." ~ The King's Son

Journal - What stands out the most? - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Tutorial - Text Boxes - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #2 - Trace Bitmap - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #3 - Filters - Attach by Due Date.

Add Pauses to your scenes …

Try this if you Dare! - Falling Text

  •   workshop - Peer Edit Critiques.


Aesop's Fables: Day 13 ~

"Try before you trust." ~ The Lion and the Eagle

Journal - Anything you don't Like? - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Tutorial - Pow! Wham! Zap! - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #3 - Filters - Attach by Due Date.

Add Pauses to your scenes …

Try this if you Dare! - Squish My Face Tutorial


Aesop's Fables: Day 14 ~

"Self-interest alone moves some men." ~ The Peasant and the Apple Tree

Journal - What is the end of your story? - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Tutorial - Invisible Buttons - Attach by Due Date.

Add 3D Objects to your Scenes …

Try this if you Dare! - Squish My Face


Aesop's Fables: Day 15 ~

"It is absurd to ape our betters." ~ The Monkey and the Camel

Journal - Invisible Buttons - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Tutorial - 3D Effect in Flash - Attach by Due Date.

Continue Working on your Scenes - DUE IN 5 DAYS!

Try this if you Dare! - Rainbow Masks


Aesop's Fables: Day 16 ~

"Attempt not impossibilities." ~ The Dogs and the Hides

Journal - Pick the Most Significant thing - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Tutorial - Walking Animation - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #2 - Trace Bitmap - Attach by Due Date.

Continue Working on your Scenes - DUE IN 4 DAYS!


Aesop's Fables: Day 17 ~

"What is most truly valuable is often underrated." ~ The Stag at the Pool

Journal - How do you Feel About it Now? - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Tutorial #1 - Lines in Flash - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #2 - Tree in Flash - Attach by Due Date.

Continue Working on your Scenes - DUE IN 3 DAYS!

Tutorial #3 - Filters - Attach by Due Date.

Try this if you Dare! - Shape Tweens …

  •   workshop - Peer Edit Critiques.


Aesop's Fables: Day 18 ~

"Youth’s first duty is reverence to parents." ~ The Lark Burying her Father

Journal - Music and Sound - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Tutorial #1 - Add Music To your composition - Attach by Due Date.

Tutorial #2 - Cactus in Flash - Attach by Due Date.

Try this if you Dare! - Typewriter Text …

Project Due in 2 Days - Get to Work!


Aesop's Fables: Day 19 ~

"Some men are of more consequence in their own eyes than in the eyes of their neighbors." ~ The Gnat and the Bull

Journal - Name 1 thing you don't like - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Tutorial - 3D Effect in Flash - Attach by Due Date.

Try this if you Dare! - Stretchy Text …

Project Due Tomorrow -


Aesop's Fables: Day 20 ~

"To enjoy our blessings, we must have freedom." ~ The Dove and the Crow

Journal - List the most important characteristics - Begin class with this warm-up writing prompt.

Add Spoken Dialogue to your story - Attach by Due Date.

Project Due NOW - Attach by the end of the period.