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High [9th-12th] Lesson Plan

Rotoscope Animation

Created on March 15, 2019 by dirkusa2001

This is a lesson on how to rotoscope video frame as layers in Photoshop CC. Rotoscoping is a technique in animation in which the animator traces the images on the frame to get a faithful representation of the person or object moving. It was speculated that Walt Disney Studios used it when creating Snow White.

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7 sessions; 45 minutes per session

1. SWBAT define what Rotoscoping is.
2. SWBAT to create their own Rotoscope animation in Photoshop CC.
3. SWBAT to identify the technique of Rotoscoping.
4. SWBAT to create a workflow and work as a team on their Rotoscope animation.

1. Computer and Photoshop CC
2. Video Footage
We used 4K Video Downloader. It is a free youtube mp4 file converter.
3. Video example of the history of Rotoscoping.

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1. I show the example video of what Rotoscoping is.
Then I explain what Rotoscoping. (1st class 44 min)
- I demo how students will import their video into layers.
- I have students do the same with the sample video I provide them.
- Then I demo how to select a frame and the layer and create a new layer.
- Then show they how to trace and fill using the brush and paint bucket tool.
- Then we merge the layers down.

2. Students will work on their own practice rotoscope.
- Review and provide one-on-one instruction. (44 min)

3. Student will finish their practice rotoscopes (44 min)

4. Next class students work on their own rotoscope independent project. I provide them with 5 - 44 min class sessions to complete 24 frames traced.
-Export as an MP4 file and then turn in the file for grade.

Students will be graded based on the rubric attached. I also provided my quick grading sheet while students present their animation.

Students really need to cut down the number of frames they import. Often they get confused when they import too many frames. I have them re-import it into Photoshop CC instead.

Also make sure they remember which layer they are rotoscoping on that will mess up things when they try and fill in with the paint bucket tool.

I also provided helpful times on my blog.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[9-12 Proficient] Students conceive and create works of visual art that demonstrate an understanding of how the communication of their ideas relates to the media, techniques, and processes they use
[9-12 Proficient] Students apply media, techniques, and processes with sufficient skill, confidence, and sensitivity that their intentions are carried out in their artworks
[9-12 Advanced] Students initiate, define, and solve challenging visual arts problems independently using intellectual skills such as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation

Visual Arts Standard 6:
Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines

[9-12 Proficient] Students compare the materials, technologies, media, and processes of the visual arts with those of other arts disciplines as they are used in creation and types of analysis

Movement, Shape