FAQ

 

CONTENTS

*ABOUT ACME*

What is ACME?

Why animation?

How much of an animation background do I need to teach with ACME?

What are the 7 animation principles that ACME is based upon?

What are the Professional Criteria and principles that define each category?

What are ACME “levels”?

I’d like to highlight a student or educator achievement; how can I get this story on your home page?

*TEACHERS/ STUDENTS*

How much of an animation background do I need to use ACME Online?

How do I change my password?

How do I edit my profile?

What is an appropriate comment?

What is Advanced Review?

My alert panel is telling me “Advanced review submitted. Wait for rating.” What does this mean?

What happens if I upload to Advanced Review in one Category, but want to pursue another category or change my area of specialization?

What is Portfolio Review?

What happened to my points?

What if I do not receive an email confirming my account?

May I link my personal website to the ACME Animation online site?

Do I have to have DSL to participate?

What type of software do I need to view animations?

What file size, format and resolution may I upload?

Does my work need to focus on using traditional pencil animation?

Am I required to comment on the work of others?

What happened to the University Review Board and The University Portfolio?

How will I know if my artwork has been approved by Advance Review and/or Professional Review?

Where do I go to track my class activities?

I am not seeing all of my activity or my class’ activity on my activity feeds? Can I see more?

Is it possible to be denied access to this site once I have registered and been accepted into the program?

Is ACME an online class?

How are students assessed?

Is life drawing shown on the site?

What kind of animation tool(s) may the students use?

The “Materials” Video talks about making your own peg board and animation paper. But if I want to buy animation paper where would I go?

*ARTWORK*

Can I add or rename my folders?

How do I upload artwork?

How can I delete an artwork I uploaded?

When I go to upload an artwork, I need to make a choice from the pull-down menu “Industry” but I am uploading a class project in response to an assignment. Which field should I chose?

When should I upload an artwork from “Upload Artwork” tab and when should I upload an artwork from the Manage/ Revise tab?

My upload didn’t work. It says “Processing” but nothing happened. What do I do?

The upload process has changed? What’s new about it?

How will I know if my artwork has been approved by Advance Review and/or Professional Review?

How do I see all of my class’ artwork?

I used to be able to see all of my students’ artwork folders. How do I do that now?

I have more than one class. How do I see the artwork for just one class?

*COMMENTS*

Am I required to comment on the work of others?

How will I know if my artwork has received comments?

Can I edit or delete a comment?

Can I rate a comment or “like” a good comment?

*RATING*

How do students advance?

Advancement Requirements- What is needed to advance at each level?

Who can rate a Level 1 Advance Review artwork?  Who can advance Level1 students?

*Advancing Levels on ACME*

Steps to advancing from Level 1 to Level 2

Who can advance you from Level 2 to Level 3 who can rate Level 2 artwork?

Steps to advancing from Level 2 to Level 3

Who can advance your Level 3 artwork to Portfolio Review? Who can approve artwork for portfolio review?

Steps to submitting artwork to Portfolio Review

I got rated. Now what should I do?

I was in the middle of rating a student’s artwork, but now the system won’t let me complete the rating.  What happened?

I’m a Level 2 student. I have 100% of my category showing completed on my Profile page, but I’m at the same level. What happened?

I’m a Level 2 student that has qualified for Advanced Review upload again. However, when I go to upload an artwork to advanced review, I don’t see the advanced review checkbox. What happened to it?

I am an advanced animation student. I have specific assignments other than the 5 fundamental exercises assignment. I don’t have time to complete these exercises, but would still like to advance. What should I do?

*USING SITE*

Where can I find the video tutorials that will show me how to use the ACMEanimation website?

Help. My IT department blocks access to Vimeo. What do I do?

Help. I forgot my username/ password. What do I do?

 

*ABOUT ACME*

What is ACME?

The ACME Network is a non-profit (501)(c)(3) online educational mentoring platform and learning community - a safe, secured, social network for creative skills development! Students post creative projects (art, animation) to our platform for review, critique and feedback by peers and mentors to practice advanced communications, collaboration, revision and presentation skills, and to gain access to guidance from industry professionals.

·         The ACMEanimation.org website connects students in middle school, high school and college to a mentoring network of peers, educators, and creative industry professionals.

·         Our mentors come from studios such as DreamWorks, Disney, Sony and Pixar.

·         ACME uses computer animation as a methodology that fosters leadership and 21st century creative skills for learners in arts, digital media, technology and other academic classes.

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Why animation?

Animation requires knowledge of the visual arts, principles of design and filmmaking. It explores different approaches to storytelling and asks students to develop scientific and technical thinking through objective assessment of their own work as well as others, and to be able to communicate that thinking. Animation offers students an avenue into exploring key criteria that are part of any well-rounded arts education-- and much more. Media and visual literacy are increasingly valued as required skills for students entering the workforce, regardless of career field. Animation training provides much more than proficiency in art. It helps develop innovative thinking and problem solving approaches, creative thinking, communication and presentation expertise, team work, collaboration, time management and the ability to give and receive feedback.

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How much of an animation background do I need to teach with ACME? 

Ninety percent (90%) of our educators had never taught animation prior to joining ACME. Educators have diverse levels of expertise, interests and needs when they join our community and use ACME in a variety of ways in their classroom. No two teachers are alike and no two classrooms are alike. ACME provides curricular exercises that provide Level 1 students with the fundamentals through our exercises and videos, a mentoring community to help students improve 21st century skills in arts and media communication, an ongoing connection to resources, a community of educators willing to help and share, and expert guidance from industry professionals. ACME is a continuous learning community.

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What are the 7 animation principles that ACME is based upon?

ACME offers mentoring and resources based on professional categories and industry criteria in seven categories. In each category, students learn important principles, ideas and processes utilized in the animation and filmmaking industries, all of which transcend traditional animation and arts education classes. The seven categories are:

1.     Layout- explores the process of setting the stage and environment for the work. Students explore criteria such as camera shots/ transitions, foreground/ background and aspect ratio.

2.     Animatics– explores the process of storyboarding and timing the action of the work prior to animating it. Students explore criteria such as the point/ premise of the work, defining the beginning/ middle/ end, set-up/ conflict/ resolution and plot construction.

3.     Animation– explores the process of creating sequences of images and animating them. Students explore criteria such as timing, slow-in/ slow-out and squash and stretch.

4.     Drawing– explores the art and technique of representing an object, figure, plan, or sketch. Students explore criteria such as lines, shapes, composition, still life/ objects, clarity and appeal.

5.     Visual Development (Vis. Dev.) and Backgrounds – explores the process of defining style and design of a work. Students explore criteria such as perspective, action paths, lighting/ atmosphere and setting.

6.     CGI Specialties– explores the field of computer generated imagery, computer graphics and special effects as applied to the field. Students explore criteria such as modeling, programming/ scripting, compositing and effects.

7.     Character Design– explores human and animal anatomical drawing, proportion and perspective. Students explore criteria such as genre/ story, personality and costumes.

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What are the Professional Criteria and principles that define each category?

Category

Criteria

Layout

Perspective

 

Action Paths

 

Camera Shots/Transition

 

Foreground/Background

 

Aspect Ratio

 

Scale

 

Lighting/Atmosphere

 

Color

 

Texture

 

Setting

Animatics

Point/Premise

 

Beginning/Middle/End

 

Genre

 

Story

 

Story Beats/Plot

 

Main Character

 

Target Audience

 

Location

 

Set-up/conflict/resolution

 

Plot Construction

 

Visual Flow

 

Continuity

 

Sequence of Events

 

Camera Shots

 

Shot Sequence

 

Camera Angles

 

Transitions

Animation

Staging

 

Timing

 

Slow-in/Slow-out

 

Squash & Stretch

 

Anticipation

 

Pose to Pose

 

FollowThru Action

 

Arcs

 

Overlapping Action

 

Exaggeration

 

Secondary Action

 

Appeal

 

Solid Drawing

Drawing

Line

 

Shapes

 

Forms

 

Composition

 

Still Life(Objects)

 

Figure

 

Environments

 

Atmosphere

 

Intent

 

Appeal

 

Clarity

Viz Dev and Backgrounds

Perspective

 

Action Paths

 

Camera Shots/Transition

 

Foreground/Background

 

Aspect Ratio

 

Scale

 

Lighting/Atmosphere

 

Color

 

Texture

 

Setting

CGI Specialties

Modeling

 

Rigging

 

Texture/Mapping

 

Fur/Hair

 

Compositing

 

Programming/Scripting

 

Lighting

 

Effects

 

Camera

 

Motion Graphics

 

Photo Manipulation

 

Editing/Timeline

Character Design

Genre/Story

 

Personality

 

Anatomy

 

Gesture

 

Proportions

 

Shape/Line

 

Solidity

 

Symmetry

 

Simplicity

 

Appeal

 

Color/Textures

 

Costumes

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What are ACME “levels”?

At ACME, students participate in our “pay it forward” approach to mentoring. Students must actively participate in offering constructive comments and peer to peer feedback and post creative work that meets the professional criteria in one or more of the seven categories of artistic exploration in order to advance from on level to the next in that category. There are three levels of achievement:

Level 1

Level 1 is the destination for exploring and perfecting students’ understanding of the principals of animation. By honing these skills, students will inform their artistic and humanities training, practice 21st century skills, attain digital literacy and pursue advanced design skills in alignment with Advanced Placement arts standards. All new students join ACME as a Level 1 student. Most students will progress through the challenges and exercises associated with the various categories and remain in the Level 1 grouping to master the artistic principals and foundations. Some students may choose to work towards becoming a Level 2 student.

Level 2

Level 2 is the destination for members of our community who want to advance, often in the pursuit of attaining higher education and/or technical degrees in the arts, animation, digital media or like field. Some students may choose to work towards becoming a Level 3 student.

Level 3

Level 3 is the destination for members of our community who are actively pursuing a professional artistic career in animation, digital media or like field. Level 3 students are working to develop a professional portfolio. Level 3 students get their work rated or approved by professional artist mentors. Once Level 3 students receive a job in an animation studio or similar industry setting, they may become ACME Professional mentors.

 

Please note: On Levels are associated to the student, not to the individual artwork. Metadata showing the level of an artwork is referring to the student, not the artwork itself.  If a student moves from Level 1 to Level 2, the artwork they submitted as level 1 will become updated with the student’s new level.

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I’d like to highlight a student or educator achievement; how can I get this story on your home page?

 

We always want to hear about your and your students’ successes and look forward to posting them on our home page. We feature student successes on our featured students section http://www.theacmenetwork.org/category/students/ and our educator highlights in our Educator Roundup section http://www.theacmenetwork.org/category/educators/ 

If you don’t have a specific success story in mind, but still want to call attention to a particular performance, feel free to email us with student nominations for: Best comment of the week or month,  Best Upload, Best Challenge, MVP in the classroom in assisting others, Best use of software, Most engaged student – or nominate a new category. Contact us with details http://www.theacmenetwork.org/contact/ 

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*Teachers/ Students*

How much of an animation background do I need to use ACME Online? 

ACME is used by arts, media and animation classes ranging from the beginner level to those in elite animation training and studio recruitment programs at the college level. ACME is also in use by middle school language arts and computer classes. Please see why animation for more details

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How do I change my password?

Go to “My Profile” from the left navigational menu. Click on “Change Password” near your avatar at the top of the page. Type in your current password and then type in your new password and confirm it. (Firefox users): It may appear that your current password has been pre-populated (already typed in) however, in order to change your password you must still follow the instructions above).  If you need your password emailed to you, please send us a password request. Sorry, we can only send passwords to email addresses that have already been registered with our system. If you have a new email address, but still need your password, please have your teacher email us at info@theacmenetwork.org with your name and a password request.

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How do I edit my profile?

Go to “My Profile” from the left navigational menu. Click any “edit” button in the gray field. This will take you to edit page. Click on the “Upload New Photo” button, scroll down to avatars, and select the one you want. Then make sure there is a valid email address in the “Email Address” and “confirm email address field”. Then update the state field to confirm it is listed as the state you live in. (It defaults to “Alabama”. Click on the black arrow next to the state to select your state). Then click “Update Profile”.

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What is an appropriate comment?

Your teacher is approving the quality of your comments on the following criteria:

1.     Does the comment exhibit an appropriate tone?  (i.e., diplomatic, positive, principled, etc.)

2.     Does the comment make suggestions, give examples or address principles that describe something about the work, or possible ways to revise the work?

3.     Does the comment relay information in a clear, professional way, free of most grammatical errors?

4.     A Comment that meets standards is diplomatic, specific, clear, and free of most grammatical errors.

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What is Advanced Review?

Advanced Review is the rating process given by an upper level student to another student. In Advanced Review, the upper level student checks criteria under a specific category to show that the student being rated has shown artistic mastery of those criteria in his or her work. Uploading an artwork to Advanced Review at level 1 is a declaration of specialty. It means that you want to continue to work in this category and perfect your skills in it. If you upload to Advanced Review, but later want to work in another category, you can do so on ACME by creating a new user profile for yourself.

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My alert panel is telling me “Advanced review submitted. Wait for rating.” What does this mean?

This alert confirms that you have successfully uploaded an artwork to Advanced Review. You are now waiting for a higher level student or mentor to rate your artwork.  The person reviewing your artwork will be prompted to provide feedback based on the set of criteria that are associated with the category of work you uploaded. The person reviewing your work will be prompted to accept the criteria you have successfully met and make a comment on the artwork overall. You will be prompted once this rating has been made.

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What happens if I upload to Advanced Review in one Category, but want to pursue another category or change my area of specialization?

Students who want to work in more than one area of specialization (more than one category) are welcome to do so. However you will need to re-register and manage the second category under another user ID name and login.

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What is Portfolio Review?

Portfolio Review is a review of your artwork by a professional artist working in your area of specialty. S/he will consider your work, rate the work on the criteria you have achieved, and then make a decision about the quality of the work. If the artwork is good enough to be considered to be part of a professional portfolio, such as one you would submit to prospective employers as part of the job application process, it will be approved as portfolio-ready. A new navigational menu will then appear on the left-hand navigational bar titled "Portfolio". As you proceed with ACME as a Level 3 student, you will get early mentoring as to the nature of your portfolio, advice on the diversity of your portfolio-- pieces you may or may not be missing as the portfolio develops. 

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What happened to my points?

Good news! Students no longer need to earn and spend points to advance. Please review the Advancement Requirements.

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What if I do not receive an email confirming my account?


Students in an ACME classroom: you will not receive a confirmation once your account is activated. Your teacher activates your membership by accepting you into their online class roster and your teacher will notify you when the process is complete. If you believe your teacher has already accepted you, but cannot log in, please contact us at info@theacmenetwork.org 

Professional Animators and Educators: if you did not receive a confirmation email, please contact us at info@theacmenetwork.org

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May I link my personal website to the ACME Animation online site?


Educators and Professional mentors may post their URLs to their profiles.

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Do I have to have DSL to participate?

Members are able to participate on the website with a 56K modem or higher; however DSL or Cable Internet are recommended for faster viewing, uploading and downloading of content.

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What type of software do I need to view animations?

Students may post animated content in multiple file formats. We recommend installing QuickTimeWindows Media PlayerReal Player and Flash to view short video clips and streaming content on the site.

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What file size, format and resolution may I upload?

 

The website accepts these file types:

-Still Images: (24 bit color) jpg, bmp, gif

-Movies: MOV, .Mp4, FLV 

 

FILE SIZE GUIDELINES BY STUDENT LEVEL

 

File size for level 1 students:

Stills: Max 1600x1200

Video Dimensions: 480x320

Maximum Length: 30 secs

Maximum file size: 2 megs

 

File size for level 2 students:

Stills: Max 1600x1200

Video Dimensions: 480 x 360

Maximum Length: 30 secs

Maximum file size: 4 megs

 

File size for level 3 students:

Stills: Max 1920 x 1080

Video Dimensions: 720 x 480

Maximum Length: 60 secs

Maximum file size: 8 megs

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Does my work need to focus on using traditional pencil animation?

No. Students can post artwork using any method of animation.

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Am I required to comment on the work of others?

Yes. When you use ACME Online you are part of a community of learners. Commenting constructively on others' work and receiving their feedback benefits you and the community. 

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What happened to the University Review Board and The University Portfolio?

As part of our system-wide effort to improve navigation and make student artwork easier to find and comment upon, we have restructured our system and nomenclature. We eliminated the University Portfolio review board and submission folder. Former member groups “Auditioner”, “Intern” “Apprentice”, have been replaced with a Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 structure. You can now manage all artwork submissions from one view. Go to “My Artwork” then click on “Manage My Artwork” to find your artwork.

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How will I know if my artwork has been approved by Advance Review and/or Professional Review?

You will see the comments and ratings results of the reviewer and be notified of their feedback. Two easy ways to navigate to those comments are 1) to click on the “My Personal Page” link in your left hand navigational menu, or 2) to click on “Artwork” and then click on “View Comments”. If there is a video icon next to your comment, this means that an illustration or video feedback file has been attached to your work. Click on the icon to view the feedback.  You will also be able to track your progress against category criteria from your “My Profile” page.

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Where do I go to track my class activities?

Students and educators can all keep track of their classroom activity. 1) Click on the “My Personal Page” link in your left hand navigational menu, 2) to click on “My Classes” and then click on “Class Activity”.

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I am not seeing all of my activity or my class’ activity on my activity feeds? Can I see more?

Yes, to view all of your recent activity, click on the link “View All Activity” to the right of YOUR ACTIVITY- this will continue to expand the activity well results.

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Is it possible to be denied access to this site once I have registered and been accepted into the program?

We expect a high level of professionalism from all participants. If members do not abide by the Terms and Conditions of Participation and by our Codes of Conduct, or if members engage in activities that would be detrimental to the program, they will be prohibited from further use of the site. Depending on the nature and extent of the violation, we may, at our sole discretion, terminate a member’s participation in ACME and/or hold you personally accountable for any liability resulting from such posting and/or prohibit that member from accessing the Site and ACME Services in the future.

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Is ACME an online class?

ACME is not a class. ACME connects students, educators and professional artists into a learning community.

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How are students assessed? 

ACME does not get involved in classroom grading, assigning credit, or involve itself in any other of the educators’ or schools’ classroom functions. On the ACME Online site, students earn Level Advancement through their participation, performance and artistic merit. If a student has met the criteria for advancing from one level to the next on a particular category, their work has been assessed by higher level members working with consistent criteria. Please see Advanced Review and Professional Review for more details.

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Is life drawing shown on the site?

Yes, an important part of artistic skill development is anatomy and life drawing. Different districts have different rules about “life drawing”. The participating educators send home their own participation release form for their students’ parents to sign. Responsibility is assumed by the educators.

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What kind of animation tool(s) may the students use?

Students can choose their own tools. Students can use Computer Generated Imagery software, pencils, paper cut out animations, or whatever the imagination inspires.

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The “Materials” Video talks about making your own peg board and animation paper. But if I want to buy animation paper where would I go?

While ACME does not endorse any particular animation paper supplier, if you wish to find vendors, you can  go to www.google.comand search for "animation paper".  When we do a search like that, we are seeing results for 500 sheets of 10f Student Bond 20lb Animation Paper (500 SHTS) for $18.95 to $19.95. or, if you are local, you can go to Cartoon Colour in Culver City, CA. and pay the $18 per ream for (500) sheets. You will also need a pegbar...they have cheap plastic ones for around $4. This paper works well if you don't have a light table. 

 

However, what we are showing in the “Materials” video is that you can make a homemade 3 hole pegbar  for about a buck, and then buy a 3-hole punch from an office supply store for $8. The great advantage to doing this is that you can then use regular copy paper for around  $7 per ream and punch the holes yourself.  If you want to see through the copy paper though, you will need a light table. You can find small, cheap portable plastic light tables for $33-$40 at most art supply stores. (Or set one up on a glass table as Frank discusses in the Materials video).

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*Artwork*

Can I add or rename my folders?

Yes. Students can add, edit, rename or otherwise manage the folders in which they store their artwork. From the left hand navigational menu, click on “Artwork” then “Manage/ Revise Artwork.” To create a new folder, click on the “+Create New Folder” Link at the top of the page.  To edit a folder name, click on the “Edit” link to the right of any folder icon.

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How do I upload artwork?

Uploading revised artwork:

If you are uploading a revised piece of artwork, from the left navigational menu, Click on the “Artwork menu” then click on the “Manage/ revise Artwork”.  Find the artwork you wish to revise, then click on the “Revise” link to the right of that artwork. You can also upload new artwork from your folders. 

Uploading new artwork:

If you are uploading a new piece of artwork, from the left navigational menu, click on the “Artwork menu” then click on the “Upload My Artwork” tab.  If you have multiple folders of artwork, you can select your desired folder in the upload form.  You can also upload artwork directly from your folders page. To get there, from the left navigational menu, click on the “Artwork menu” then click on the “Manage/ revise Artwork” menu; find the folder you want as your target destination, then click on the link “Upload new artwork to this folder.”

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How can I delete an artwork I uploaded?

Students can delete their uploaded artwork as follows: from the left hand navigational menu, click on “Artwork” then “Manage/ Revise Artwork.” Clicking on the link marked “Delete” will bring you to a confirmation pop-up window “Are you sure you delete this artwork?” So be sure you want to make the deletion before clicking “Yes”.

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When I go to upload an artwork, I need to make a choice from the pull-down menu “Industry” but I am uploading a class project in response to an assignment. Which field should I chose?

The idea behind this field is to ask students to consider their work in a larger professional context.   Therefore, this is a personal choice; you may select any industry term. The option: “Independent Films” is the one we like to use for any class project or work; but this is up to the individual student.

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When should I upload an artwork from “Upload Artwork” tab and when should I upload an artwork from the Manage/ Revise tab?

If you are uploading a revision of an artwork you have previously uploaded, you should upload it from the “Artwork” tab in the left navigational menu, then click on the submenu  “Manage/ Revise” tab. That way, you can keep all of your versions of that artwork associated with each other. This will help others to track the progress you are making between uploads. To upload an artwork using the Manage/ Revise tab, scroll down to the artwork you want to revise, and click the “Revise” link to the right of that artwork. You will be taken to the upload form. In the “Revise” upload form, most of the fields are pre-populated from the first time you filled out the firm; so you only need to type in any differences or changes you may have made to the artwork.

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My upload didn’t work. It says “Processing” but nothing happened. What do I do?

The new upload artwork process is simplified, because now you don’t have to upload a thumbnail and your artwork. However, sometimes if you are using the Tab keys to move from field to field, this can accidentally trigger a “submit” command before one was intended. If this happens, click on the “Upload Artwork” menu item from the left navigational menu to refresh the upload  form. You can also trigger this error by clicking on “submit” when a subcategory needs to be selected. Click again on the “Upload Artwork” menu item from the left navigational menu to refresh the upload  form.

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The upload process has changed? What’s new about it?

Good news! Students do not need to upload a thumbnail artwork for their movie files. Our uploaded selects the thumbnail from your movie file automatically.

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How will I know if my artwork has been approved by Advance Review and/or Professional Review?

You will see the comments and ratings results of the reviewer and be notified of their feedback. Two easy ways to navigate to those comments are 1) to click on the “My Personal Page” link in your left hand navigational menu, or 2) to click on “Artwork” and then click on “View Comments”. If there is a video icon next to your comment, this means that an illustration or video feedback file has been attached to your work. Click on the icon to view the feedback.  You will also be able to track your progress against category criteria from your “My Profile” page.

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How do I see all of my class’ artwork?

Click on the Gallery menu from the top navigational menu. Using the “Filter Artwork” function in the right navigational menu, under the heading “SHOW” click on the box “My class only”

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I used to be able to see all of my students’ artwork folders. How do I do that now?

Educators can see all of their students’ artwork, however the folder structure view is no longer available. To see a student’s artwork, from the left navigational menu, click on “My Classes”.  Your class(es) will appear as Gray tabs in your central window as gray tabs under the heading MY CLASSES. Click on a gray class tab from the main viewing window to select it (it will turn orange). Then click on the tab “Class Roster” (or click on the “Class Roster” tab from the left navigational menu.) This will pull up your roster of students. Click on any student name to access that student’s profile. The student profile page shows that student’s most recent uploads, comments, and achievements. Click on “View All Artwork” to see that student’s gallery of uploads.

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I have more than one class. How do I see the artwork for just one class?

To see the artwork for one of your classes, from the left navigational menu, click on “My Classes”.  Your class(es) will appear as Gray tabs in your central window as gray tabs under the heading MY CLASSES. Click on a gray class tab from the main viewing window to select it (it will turn orange). To the right of the heading “Latest Artwork” is the link “View All Artwork”. Clicking on “View All Artwork” takes to the gallery page of that class’ artwork.

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*Comments*

Am I required to comment on the work of others?

Yes. When you use ACME Online you are part of a community of learners. Commenting constructively on others' work and receiving their feedback benefits you and the community. 

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How will I know if my artwork has received comments?

Students and educators will see comments made upon their artwork. Two easy ways to navigate to those comments are 1) to click on the “My Personal Page” link in your left hand navigational menu, or 2) to click on “Artwork” and then click on “View Comments”. If there is a video icon next to the comment, this means that an illustration or video feedback file has been attached to the work. Click on the icon to view the feedback. 

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Can I edit or delete a comment?

While users had the ability to edit and delete comments on the previous platform, that functionality is still under development on V3; we will advise you when it has been completed.

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Can I rate a comment or “like” a good comment?

Users had the ability to rate a comment as helpful or hurtful on the previous platform, however our feedback on this feature was that mentors and educators preferred to have the student respond to their comments using the written text box field to further language and communications skills. Therefore, students are asked to reply to their comments using the text box. If a comment is hurtful or derogatory, or otherwise violates the ACME Code of Conduct, the comment may be flagged by anyone in the community.

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*Rating*

How do students advance?

Student class grades and ACME Animation Levels are not related. All students enter ACME as a Level 1 student. Most students will progress through the challenges and exercises associated with the various categories and remain in the Level 1 grouping to master the artistic principals and foundations. Students who stay in Level 1 and turn in work that shows continual improvement have achieved an accomplishment of which both they and their teacher can be proud. 

 

Level 1 Students can advance across the levels by uploading artwork for peer review, commenting on the artwork of peers outside of their own class, meeting comment standards and by being rated on artistic criteria by upper level students outside of their own classroom. Students who are proficient artists with a solid understanding of the principles of animation may advance to Level 2 or to Level 3 rapidly by fulfilling the minimum number of uploads, comments, and by meeting the category criteria. At Level 3, students work to get their artwork accepted as being portfolio-ready. At this level, advancement takes place only by students getting their artwork rated and approved by a panel of professional artists. See Advancement Requirements.

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Advancement Requirements- What is needed to advance at each level?

Not all students will advance on ACME.   Working at the Level 1 level on the basic principles of animation is a wonderful way to explore animation and all its possibilities. 

 

While some members are proficient and excellent animators and ready to advance to the next level right away, ACME HIGHLY suggests that artwork be revised andrefined before posting for advanced review.  At each level, students are encouraged to post and revise several artworks and receive critique from peers before submitting for advanced review.    This prevents a backlog of artwork from students who are not serious about meeting the animation criteria and maintains the integrity of each level.

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Who can rate a Level 1 Advance Review artwork?  Who can advance Level1 students?    

·        Level 2 students outside of your classroom working in your category specialty.

·         Level 3 students outside of your classroom working in your category specialty.

·         College educators.

·         Registered Pros working in your category specialty.

 

Level 1s are members exploring animation and, if they choose, they can work towards becoming a Level 2 student.  In order to qualify for advancement, a Level 1 student must make 10 comments on the artwork of students outside of their own class, complete the” Five Fundamentals" animation exercises, upload five pieces of artwork and have the quality of their comments approved by their teacher.  The student may then upload an artwork for advanced review to be rated. At Level 1, students must demonstrate and be rated as having achieved 100% of the animation criteria in any one category to advance to Level 2 in that category.  Criteria achievement is cumulative at this level.  If a student is rated as having missed the criteria on the first advanced review submission, but gets those criteria accepted on another advanced review submission, then that student will be advanced to Level 2.

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*Advancing Levels on ACME*

Steps to advancing from Level 1 to Level 2     

1.     Upload 5 pieces of artwork for peer review

2.     Make 10 comments on artwork of peers that are not in your classroom.

3.     Receive Teacher approval on the quality of your comments. If your comment does not meet teacher approval, you will be prompted to make another comment that meets standards until your comments are approved. You are now eligible for advanced review.

4.     Upload an artwork to Advanced Review

5.     Receive 100% rating on criteria by higher level students outside of your classroom and professional mentors.  Criteria are cumulative. If you receive a partial rate on your artwork, make ten  additional comments and five uploads to re-qualify for Advanced Review. Continue until all criteria have been achieved.

 

Note- uploading artwork to Advanced Review currently signals the system that this is the category in which you want to specialize. To work in more than one category, students will need to create a new user profile for themselves.

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Who can advance you from Level 2 to Level 3 who can rate Level 2 artwork?

·          L3 students outside of your classroom working in your category specialty.

·          Registered Pros working in your category specialty.

 

Level 2s have a basic understanding of 1 or more areas of animation.  If they choose,  they may work towards becoming Level 3s in an area.   They must demonstrate 100% of the criteria in a specialty on 2 separate artworks in one category.  Criteria are not cumulative at this level. 100% of the criteria must be met in full, on 2 artworks to advance to Level 3 level in that area.

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Steps to advancing from Level 2 to Level 3

1.     As Level 2 student, rate three Level 1 or 2 students outside of your own classroom in your category of specialty.

2.     Upload one artwork to advanced review.

3.     Receive 100% of criteria on that artwork.

4.     Rate three more Level 1 or 2 students outside of your own classroom  in your   category of specialty.

5.     Upload a second artwork in the same category to advanced review.

6.     Receive 100% of criteria on this artwork. Note: if 100% of criteria are not met on an advanced review upload, continue steps 4 and 5 until 100% of criteria are met on two separate artworks.

 

NOTE: Level 2 students must upload and get rated 100% on two advanced review uploads to the same category.  While Professionals can rate a student multiple times, regular students cannot rate the same student more than one time and have that rating count.

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Who can advance your Level 3 artwork to Portfolio Review? Who can approve artwork for portfolio review?

1.        Only Registered Pros who are working in your category of specialty                   

2.        Level 3s are working towards building a professional portfolio and becoming a professional animator.  They must receive a portfolio rating from a professional animator to place their artwork in a portfolio. Once they receive a job at an animation studio, they may become an ACME Pro.

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Steps to submitting artwork to Portfolio Review

1.        Rate three rate three Level 1 or 2 or 3 students outside of your own classroom  in your category of specialty

2.        Upload an artwork for portfolio review

3.        Receive Portfolio Approval rating and feedback from professional mentors

4.        To re-qualify for portfolio review, three rate three Level 1 or 2 or 3 students outside of your own classroom in your category of specialty.

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I got rated. Now what should I do?

Congratulations on getting rated! In general terms, after receiving feedback on an artwork, we recommend making any changes that others have offered that you believe make sense for the piece. However, sometimes you may just want to move on with a new concept. See the alert panel under your avatar regarding how many comments or ratings you should make on the artwork of students outside of your own class before you are eligible for uploading a new or revised piece of artwork to Advanced Review.

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I was in the middle of rating a student’s artwork, but now the system won’t let me complete the rating.  What happened?

The system is designed so that only one person can rate an artwork once it is submitted for advanced review. We have worked hard to ensure that multiple users cannot rate an artwork at the same time, however due to network latency issues, it is still possible that one person can finish rating an artwork as you begin to rate that same artwork. Whenever the artwork has been rated, it will become closed for further rating. We are working on an enhancement to the issue and apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced. Please go back to Gallery/ and filter on “Work I Can Rate” to seek new rata-able artwork. If you believe you are experiencing persistent difficulties with the rating process, please send an email to info@theacmenetwork.org, letting us know your username, school, and what version of Internet browser you are using.  

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I’m a Level 2 student. I have 100% of my category showing completed on my Profile page, but I’m at the same level. What happened?

This will occur if you received one rating of 100% but received a partial rating on your second Advanced Review artwork upload. You need to achieve two 100% Advanced Review ratings to move to Level 3.

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I’m a Level 2 student that has qualified for Advanced Review upload again. However, when I go to upload an artwork to advanced review, I don’t see the advanced review checkbox. What happened to it?

When you upload to advanced review, you are effectively declaring that category as your area of specialty. If you do not see the Advanced Review check box, you have selected an alternate category to explore. If you have qualified for Advanced Review, the Advanced Review checkbox will only appear if you are selecting the same category you used for your first Advanced Review upload. If you have forgotten your category or area of specialty, you may click on “My Profile” from the left navigational menu, then scroll down the page. Under the heading “Latest Artwork Submitted for Advanced Review” click on the first artwork you uploaded to advanced review and check what category you selected.  Return to the Upload Artwork page and re-select this category.  Or, if you wish to explore a new area of specialty, please re-register to create a new user profile for yourself. Because the different categories require fulfillment of different criteria, you will need to fulfill the upload and comment requirements of that new category.

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I am an advanced animation student. I have specific assignments other than the 5 fundamental exercises assignment. I don’t have time to complete these exercises, but would still like to advance. What should I do?

You may upload five other exercises that demonstrate the animation principles outlined in the fundamental exercises. That said, as an advanced level student, it will also not take you very long to re-cerate the fundamental exercises and you will find that doing this practice will only help your other endeavors.

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*Other*

Where can I find the video tutorials that will show me how to use the ACMEanimation website?

All ACME video tutorials can be found at http://tutorials.theacmenetwork.org

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Help. My IT department blocks access to Vimeo. What do I do?

If your school IT’s department blocks access to Vimeo, please ask your IT department to whitelist the following URLS: http://tutorials.theacmenetwork.org http://videos.theacmenetwork.org, www.player.vimeo.com and www.vimeo.com

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Help. I forgot my username/ password. What do I do?

If you need your username or password, email: info@theacmenetwork.org 


 

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