One of the students most detailed projects that I use as a final project is the sound design project. It gives a final assessment on all the areas that are taught throughout the year. I find animated short films online and remove the sound. Students have the choice to choose which video they want to do and then they must repeatedly watch the video and write down a list of sounds, sound effects and music they feel will enhance the video. The choice of the mood, timing and sounds/effects music are all up to them. Then they must download and organize their sounds to use. Students will include critical thinking, problem solving skills, creativity, timing as well as visual effect, relativity to the theme, mood and meeting criteria and deadlines. After they are completed, I allow them to view the original to see how they stack up against animated film students around the world. Some without being biased are better than the originals. The rule is they are not allowed to just give me the obvious sounds. They must review and add surrounding elements not just what is straight forward. They are not allowed to take credit for the video, just the sound design.
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