Grade 10 End Task

Grade 10 Communications Tech Culminating Activity
Due Date: January 19th
We have a problem on our hands here. DHS is full of sloppy, messy people who throw their trash on the ground. After lunch and after school the halls are full of nasty garbage because some people are not cleaning up after themselves.
This is where you come in. We need to raise awareness of this issue and encourage people to use the garbage cans and clean up after themselves.
You need to create posters and commercials that deal with this issue. It is up to you how to approach the issue, whether is is serious or humorous, but the end message must be the same: Don’t litter!
Individually you must complete a poster using Adobe InDesign and photographs that you take yourself.

In groups of two or three you will complete a short commercial (video or stop motion) dealing with the issue (max one minute).

You must hand in storyboards for the commercials as well as a finished product.
How I will mark it:
40% – Poster/Photographs
The poster will be evaluated based on the concept/idea as well as the technical implementation and quality of the photographs used.
30% – Video
The video will be marked based on the planning and preparation, production and final editing.
30% – Process
This is an evaluation of how effectively you use the time given to you to complete this task.
Here are some examples of previous videos that were made for this project:

Stop Motion Animation

In groups of 2-4 you will be producing 20 second (minimum) movies using stop-motion animation.
You will be responsible for creating a storyline and script, building your “set” and props, and choosing a method of animating the characters (i.e clay models, action figures, modified objects, people)
The movies will be created using digital cameras, Photoshop and the iMovie movie editing software.
In order to create a 20 second animation you will need to take at least 400 pictures (minimum “frame rate” for stop motion animation is 15 frames per second, 20 is better)
Take todays class to form your groups, begin discussing storyline and sets and watch some examples of stop-motion animation online (I’ve listed a few below – some are awesome, big-budget films, but still worth watching for ideas on how to make things work)
50 Amazing Stop Motion Videos

Search youtube for stop-motion and you should be able to find more examples of this stuff.
Your first steps should be:
1. Form a group
2. Brainstorm ideas
3. Storyboard your ideas (click here for examples of storyboards, and here for some blank storyboards)

Even more Illustrator..!

Click here to view the list of Illustrator tutorials
The difficulty ranges from beginner to expert.

Pick a few that look interesting and try them out – if you find your choice  is too difficult, try a different one.

Post two or three of these to your blog by the end of the week.

Continue reading “Even more Illustrator..!”

Illustrator – Vector Skull

Follow this illustrator tutorial to draw the vector skull image shown below. There are many steps but the instructions are clear. Ask for help if you need it!

Illustrator Robot

Here is another neat Illustrator tutorial – this one shows how to draw a fun lil robot!

More Illustrator!

Click here for an Illustrator tutorial that will show you how to draw the cute lil ninjas seen above.

Here is my cute lil Illustrator monster – can you draw something scarier?

Looking ahead: Adobe Illustrator

If you have completed all of your Photoshop, InDesign, and Photography assignments, try this Adobe Illustrator tutorial that walks you through drawing this adorable lil’ panda.

We will be completing more Illustrator assignments at some point in this semester, so this will give you a head start on learning some of the tools available in Illustrator.

Photographic Portfolio

Photographic Theme Portfolio Grade 10 Communication Technology

Use the knowledge you have gained with past photographic projects to create a portfolio of photos on a specific theme (10 or more photos)

Choose a theme like:

FRIENDS – Photos of classmates and friends working, sitting, reading etc.

PORTRAITS – Posed or Natural (spontaneous) close up portraits of different people (neck up), use natural or artificial light, try to use different angles, B & W or colour. Be sure to ask people permission to take their picture.

The Natural World – Photos of nature around DHS

The Developed World – Photos of buildings, architecture, man made objects

THE SCHOOL – photos of DHS from various places, inside and out, remember to use composition, angles, framing to create interesting photos.

ARTWORK – Photos of different pieces of art found in and around the school.

ONE ITEM – Pick one item and take different pictures of that same item using various angles, shutter speeds, lighting or positioning.

Or a theme that you would like to use, please check with instructor on your choice.

You will be marked on three aspects of this project.

Continuity of the theme. (Keeping the chosen theme evident in all pictures)

Technical quality (clear, in focus pictures)

Composition and Artistic quality. (Framing, use of light, positioning, interesting angles, etc)

Photography: Rule of Thirds

Rule of Thirds: This is a principle taught in graphic design and photography and is based on the theory that the eye goes naturally to a point about two-thirds up the page. Also, by visually dividing the image into thirds (either vertically or horizontally) you achieve the informal or asymmetric balance mentioned above. Although there are many ways a photograph can be composed effectively by basing it on the use of “thirds,” the most common example is the placement of the horizon line in landscape photography.

Your turn: Take pictures that use the rule of thirds. Use any combination of live models and existing objects. Take a selection of pictures and post the five best on your blog. Feel free to do any photoshop editing to your images before you post them.

Photographing Colour and Texture

Our next photographic assignment is to find and capture images of Texture and Colour.

Texture in photography is created by varied surfaces as well as lighting – harsh side lighting will usually enhance texture, while direct lighting will wash it out.

Here are some examples of texture photography.

Colour in photography is also affected by light – brighter light will often bring out vivid colours, while soft light will subdue even very bright colours.

Here are some photographs of vivid colour.

Try to capture some images of both texture and colour – you can combine the two or have different pics if you’d like.

Post at least three images for each to your blog.