Unit 7 UAL level 3 Art & Design Kinetic animation project

Starter Session

A taste of what you are going to create for the next 3 weeks

Research Task 

  • Research the term Kinetic Animation,
  • Explain why you would use a kinetic animation 
  • Who was the main trend setter in this field?

Group Task – project brief  – Unit 7 UAL level 3 Art & Design Kinetic animation project

Create a 60 seconds animated Kinetic typography sequence using Adobe After Effects. You must one of these speech below:

Marting Luther King “I have a Dream”


Neil Armstrong “The Moon Landing”


JK Kennedy




Charlie Chaplin



  1. Listen as a (group) each of the speeches above
  2. Download your preferred speech
  3. Edit the sound clip as needed (reduce to 60 seconds you want to use).
  4. Import into Adobe After Effects and analyse,  use a planning sheet -> markers where each work should appear.
  5. Prepare a rough plan for transitions and how the words will appear in your animation.
  6. Prepare a storyboard for your animation
  7. Animate text objects based on your audio and storyboarded plan.
  8. Add Intro and credits to your animation
  9. Package your animation
  10. Present your work to the class
  11. Upload your animation on your blog or youtube

Hand in your group project inexactly 3 weeks 

Good Samples – Kinetic Animations


Extension – Homework 

Try and animate a whole song, you will find songs lyrics on this site http://www.metrolyrics.com/



Where you can download free images for free

Where you can download free images for free


Where you can download free images for free

Picjumbo.com is a great site to get free images for your design jobs. The owner of this started about a year ago, but now his pictures get downloaded at a rate of more than 750000 a day.

You will find inspiration from this site for your photography work, but you can also use it as a start for your designs. Just try it and see: https://picjumbo.com/. No strings attached, choose your picture and click on the download button. There is a premium option, but I don’t use the premium option I can’t really comment on this. I think it’s a good start for students projects.

Animation Workshop Level 3 year 2 Unit 7 Time Based

Animation Workshop Level 3 year 2 Unit 7 Time Based

In  this session you are going to research Flip book Animations, then make a simple flip book animation.


Starter Session 



When was the first Flip book animation created?
What was the original term used for flip book then?
Did flip book put Great Britain on the history?

Why did the French man Pierre-Hubert Desvignes loose the battle of the flip book?
What was aim of inventing the flip book?



  • Paper



  • Pen/pencils/colour pencils/Paint (depending how far you want to go with the experiment)
  • Scissors
  • Glue

You will create a flip book animation in group or individually

  1. To begin, plan your animation; write a short script. Think of a simple story- what would you like your character to do? Stories need a beginning, middle and end. You might need to spend more than 5 minutes,   thinking about your ideas for characters and the animation theme.  You can start to sketch ideas on a sheet of paper.
  2. Create your flip book pages by setting a layout on a A3 page, then cut it out or use the template bellow and cut it out (you might need to print more than one page).
  3. You will be putting a drawing on each page of your flip book, and make it move on each page, this could include a walking cycle.
  4. To ensure you are set when you start drawing, draw your scene and character on your first frame/paper and last scene  on the last frame/paper first.  Then fill in the “in-between scenes” by tracing (called onion skinning) the character/scene and each time slightly adjust their position on the page.
  5. Then glue your animation together and enjoy it!

Advice on Flip book animation

  • Get a friend to do a movement in slow motion so that you can see how actions are performed.
  • To depict fast motion you will need few drawings and to depict slow motion you will need a lot of  drawings.

Look at the movies after the short video tutorial to get inspiration.







Making a simple typographic Poster Using Photoshop with a Photo- for Graphics students level 2, 3 and AS level

Making a simple typographic Poster Using Photoshop with a Photo- for Graphics students level 2, 3 and AS level

This tutorial is quite simple you can use it with your theme in mind, you don’t have to use the picture of a person (anything will do).

  1. Open your image in Photoshop

2. unlock you image layer to unlock the layer just click on the padlock. You will notice the name of the layer changing to layer 0. At this it’s good practices to name all your layers.

3. Duplicate your image. You will now see to images in the layer palette.

Hide the second layer you will only need it if you mess up with your image. To hide a layer just click on the eye on the left of the image.

4. With the selection tool you prefer using make a selection of the part of the image you want to use; do Select->Inverse to make sure you select the background

5. Delete the background

6. Press CRTL + SHIFT + U to desaturate (black & White) your image

7. Create a layer bellow you black and white image

8. Fill the layer with black, select the black colour in the foreground colour in the tool palette. And use the Bucket in the tool palette to fill in the layer

9. Your layer will be black on the layer palette, you can name it background.


10. Make a composite snap shot of your main image (black and white), my main image is head. Select the appropriate layer and click CRTL + SHIFT + ALT + E. You will now see an image made up with both your main image and the background.


11. And you will have to save it, save it as displacement.psd; you will need it later.


12. Get the levels tool open, see below; and the the output leveller get the grey arrow to 113

13. Get some from somewhere, a poem, a news article, and copy it.

14. with the text tool selected paste the text you’ve copied in a text box. Change the text colour to white if necessary.

15. Now you need to make sure you copy and paste the text until you cover the whole image.

16. Now you are going to the make sure that you are on the text layer and use the displacement filter see below;

17.  Click on the rasterize option.

18. Change the rasterize scale to what ever you want (both vertical and Horizontal)

19. Now the Duplicate the text layer. CRTL + J.

20. Add a gradient above the top text layer, and select or make you own gradient.

20. Change the layers blending to overlay

21. Crop your image if necessary, with the crop tool.

21. Change layer blending to overlay and opacity for your images

22. Change the layer blending to overly for the rasterized text layers.


Your typographic poster is finished.



Showcasing your work for young designers


Dribbble is a global support, and sharing community for  web designers, graphic designers, illustrators, icon artists, typographers, logo designers, and other creative types share small screenshots that show their work, process, and current projects. They are also very active in promoting meet-ups worldwide, I think is a plus for students wanting to network.

But wait there is more: job postings

Event Photography opportunity

I got this e-mail this morning, and it would a good opportunity to take for students with a good portfolio.

Fun Kids Activity for National Geographic

We are looking for an experienced events photographer for this coming Saturday and Sunday, the 13th and 14th April 2013.

Studio Time has been asked to supply a photographer to work at a one of event for National Geographic at a retail shop in Old Brompton St, South West London. Studio Time will provide camera kit for this event.

The event will take place from 1pm till 5pm and the photographer will need to be present through out this time, although they will only be required to work during three 20 minute intervals, photographing kids with a giant mechanical polar bear.

The pay is £100 per afternoon.

If you are interested please send us an email detailing your events photographty experience and a link to relevant examples of your work. PLEASE DO NOT SEND IMAGE FILE ATTACHEMENTS.

Please apply by emailing info@studiotimephoto.com (Please read above before applying)