Sunday, September 23, 2018

FAO Year 3: Film Composer Jeffrey Wang

This is a heads-up for our third years... last year, composer Jeffrey Wang, collaborated with Tom Smith (Escape Zone 3000), Becky Stapley (The Jellyfish & The Hermit Crab) and Ian Garling (The Garbage-O-Saur).  Jeffrey got in touch recently and asked me to give our third years the following message:

"Hi Phil, I'll be taking on student projects over the current academic year and it would be great if you could send info to anyone relevant. Details on student rates are at the following link: … The lowest range (£0-16) should be enough for most students, with upper ranges existing for those who want something more. I'll be giving first priority to UCA Rochester students and will happily write for any 3rd year students."

Collaborating with composers will be a big part of your creative role as you take your stories into production - and working closely (and early) with a composer is key in terms of ensuring the collaboration is a success.  If you're interested in working with Jeffrey, can I suggest you make your interest known to him immediately, as he gets booked up pretty fast!  If you've got an animatic (even if you know it will change), then you've got what Jeffrey needs to begin a creative conversation about your work and it's relationship to sound and music.  Get in touch!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Some info on lesser-known services that might be useful! .

I just thought I would quickly highlight a few services that are available to students, that you might not know about...

The first is a new initiative called the 'Listening Post' - this is a drop-in session on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, between 11 and 2.  If you are feeling a bit anxious, homesick, stressed etc., it is an opportunity to go along and have a chat with a volunteer from outside of the university.  They cannot offer counselling but can signpost you to other services that might be able to help you...sometimes just talking to someone can make all the difference!  You can find the Listening Post in the library, in the secluded seating area just past the Gateway desk.

The second is an online resource, called the Autism & Uni toolkit; although mainly aimed at students on the autistic spectrum there are several sections that could be useful for any student, such as 'Coping with stress', 'How to survive assessments', 'Working in groups' etc.  The toolkit can be accessed HERE

And if you are feeling stressed and just need a few minutes peace and quiet, there are relaxation sessions on a Tuesday, 13:00 to 13:30, in Lecture Theatre 1 - no need to book, just turn up!

CAA Careers; Careers advice today in the foyer

Today in the foyer...12 - 2pm

Part of the Careers & Employability SPECTRA programme; in the Foyer.

A chance to meet the Careers & Employability Adviser and get some individual advice and tips to help you succeed in getting work placements, internships or jobs.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

FAO Planet CAA / Drinks @ Wetherspoons / Friday 21st @ 6pm

Let's all meet up at the Rochester Wetherspoons for the traditional meet and greet between old, current, and new!  Aim for 6pm on Friday 21st September - all are welcome!  Spread the word - and grab a first year on your way down, as they might not know the way or yet understand that this particular pub is our unofficial HQ!  Looking forward to seeing you there!

Monday, September 17, 2018

FAO CAA Yr 1: Invisible Cities 2018 / Online Greenlight Review 03/10/2018

Wednesday, 3rd October is your Invisible Cities Online Greenlight Review (OGR)

Your OGR is to be presented as a single Scribd presentation on your blog, beginning with your name, date, and project title. If you are still yet to get to grips with Scribd go here for some easy-to-follow instructions. Save your documents as PDFs before uploading to Scribd, as this should mitigate against formating glitches. When pasting Scribd embed code into your blog, you must first select the HTML mode tab, then switch back to 'Compose' to view the embedded presentation.

Your OGR presentations should be uploaded to your blogs on Wednesday 3rd October. Written feedback will follow as comments on your OGR post and will take between 1 and 3 days.

Invisible Cities 2018 OGR: What do you need to present?

1) Your 100 thumbnails exploring all cities (minimum).

2) Your chosen city, its key descriptions and associated thumbnails. (Please include the original text in your presentations, with key descriptive passages highlighted or extracted.) 

3) A short mission statement identifying and justifying your 'visual concept' in relation to your chosen city (i.e. what are the underlying principles driving your design ideas and from what and where are they derived - and why? This might include your ideas in regard to colour palette, architectural elements, exaggeration, expressionism, symbolism, lighting, point-of-view, time period, stylisation, narrative, intended audience...  I want you to be able to identify and articulate your visual strategies for the design and staging of your three concept paintings.  Remember - you are not just painting pictures digitally, but rather 'designing worlds' for an animated film. There's a big difference.  I want to understand your internal logic, your influences and your creative decision-making.

3) A single 'Visual Concept' influence map that illustrates and unifies your production design ideas in terms of the exterior concept paintings.

4) A single 'Visual Concept' influence map that illustrates and unifies your production design ideas in terms of the interior concept paintings.

5) Key Thumbnails (those thumbnails on which you think you'll be basing your final three paintings or have most inspired them or invite further development).

6) In addition, your OGR should evidence that you are up-to-date with your film reviews and ongoing CG Artist's Toolkit project work (Maya tutorials, digital painting exercises etc). Your OGR should include links to the corresponding posts. 

Historically, students who use their OGR to manage their weekly tasks in this way manage their workloads successfully.

Please note: your OGR should be professionally presented, spell-checked, with consideration given to graphic design, layout and project branding.  I'm including an example OGR presentation as guidance in terms of preparing your content in line with the OGR checklist and course expectations.

Julien Van Wallendael / Invisible Cities OGR