Assignment 05.03.02: Animated Homage Poster


Improve and expand range of motion design ani­ma­tion skills through motion rep­re­sent­ing communication.


Cre­ate a port­fo­lio-ready motion design ani­ma­tion that pays respect to a clas­sic, design his­tory wor­thy poster.

Please Note: Assign­ment is new and may be updated. Any changes will be noted in writing.

Background Reading


Select a visu­ally note­wor­thy poster that reflects a sig­nif­i­cant designer or period of design his­tory. This poster will become the basis for cre­at­ing a 10–15 sec­ond ani­mated video “homage” based on the orig­i­nal intent of the poster. The poster will not require the details of the orig­i­nal, but will use con­tem­po­rary fonts, live-action footage, and effects to recre­ate the inter­preted com­mu­ni­ca­tion, look and feel of the poster.

Part One

Choose a cou­ple of pos­si­ble posters and begin to brain­storm and sto­ry­board pos­si­ble solu­tions. Con­sider the shift of ori­en­ta­tion between the two media forms, and pos­si­ble oppor­tu­ni­ties for inte­grat­ing some sort of live action footage. This footage can reflect action using sub­jects, or can rep­re­sent tex­tures and effects gen­er­ated using abstracted or edited ver­sions of footage.

Con­sider access to footage to help make a deter­mi­na­tion as to the best poster use.

Part Two

Con­vert the sto­ry­board to a series of dig­i­tal sam­ple frames using the soft­ware of choice. These files are intended to rep­re­sent a more pol­ished visual sim­u­la­tion of the com­pleted ani­ma­tion. Some effects and images will be impos­si­ble to pro­duce in some pro­grams, but type­faces, col­ors and posi­tion­ing are intended to rep­re­sent the intent of the solution.

Place the images in a time­line and cre­ate a rough cut ani­matic with audio that sim­u­lates move­ment, posi­tion­ing and fram­ing. The clip should not be overly polished.

Part Three

Com­plete your ani­ma­tion using any nec­es­sary soft­ware and tech­niques. Pub­lish clips as nec­es­sary for cri­tique. Have author­ing files avail­able for review in class if warranted.

Technical Specifications

Cre­ate the ani­ma­tions at the fol­low­ing settings:

  • File Size/Export Set­tings: HDTV 1080, 29.97fps
  • Ren­der Set­tings: Best and Out­put Mod­ule: H.264
  • 44.1kHz, 16 bit, 2 chan­nel audio
  • File name: xyz_art378_exer00_part00.mp4


  • The fol­low­ing rubric posted on D2L will deter­mine exer­cise score: Assign­ment Grading


Cre­ativ­ity, brain­storm­ing, plan­ning, exper­i­men­ta­tion, file hier­ar­chy, struc­ture, nam­ing conventions


Adobe After Effects, Pho­to­shop, Illus­tra­tor, video, audio


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