Our Spring semester has been our best yet. We’ve seen more high-quality development in this session than in any previous.
The first assignment in Class 1 is called, “Designing for a theme.” The goal is to take an abstract theme and develop a set of visuals that capture the essence of that theme.
It’s an opportunity to engage a detailed process, and pursue a visual style that is beautiful and unique. For our mentors it’s an opportunity to speak about design principles and creative problem solving.
Ben Buchanan is currently in one of our Class 1 groups, led by Handel Eugene of Royale.
We are finishing up the last week of Summer Semester right now, and as we gear up for our Fall Semester (get your apps in now!) we’ll be sharing lots of student work.
Today I want to show you Travis’ frame by frame project. This is the first animation project in Class 01 and it gives students the opportunity to focus on the principles of animation…the perfect starting point for their future assignments.
Finding the perfect track for any piece of media is always a challenge. If the budget does not permit a custom score (many projects do not, especially when you’re first starting out) then you’ll be left looking for the perfect stock track that can be edited for your purposes.
So what if you have ZERO budget for audio or you just want to put together a piece for fun. (Disclaimer: Paid advertising work needs to have an audio budget. It’s not right to avoid paying musicians and artists for media that serves as advertising.)
Check out a list of places you can find some free music under the creative commons license.
FreeMusicArchive.org is an interesting resource. Many contributors have uploaded their work under the creative commons. With the ability to search by genre you could spend hours sifting through their archive of audio goodness.
BeatPick is not 100% free, but many of their student licenses are only a few dollars. If you find something that is spot on, might be worth giving them a few dollars. For paid advertising their prices are much higher, but it’s clear they are trying to be a resource for students in a big way.
So for your next late night animation tests when you need that perfect piece of audio to set the mood or pace, consider some of these options. And be sure to properly give attribution to the artists who are being gracious with their intellectual property, if you decide to post to the web.