Monday, June 18, 2018

FAO CAA Yr 1 & 2 : New Designers 2018 Private View Tickets - Limited Availability

On Wednesday July 4th at 6.30pm it's the private view at New Designers 2018. Traditionally, this is the moment when the CAA exhibition stand brims with current students and alumni and it's always a big busy night.  I've got a few complimentary tickets for the Wednesday night and I'm offering them up on a first come, first served basis.  If you want to join us at the Business Design Centre, email me at with your postal address and I'll organise your ticket - but don't hang about, once they're gone, they're gone.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

CAA The Supplement / The technical and creative challenges of Disney Pixar's Finding Dory and Moana

The technical & creative challenges of animating 'Hank the Octopus' from Finding Dory (2016)

Hank the Octopus wasn't possible with the technology available 13 years ago for Finding Nemo (2003). In this interview Jeremie Talbot (Character Supervisor, Pixar)  and Brian Tong (Senior Editor, Disney) discuss how challenging Hank was to rig and animate, even with todays advancements in technology.

The technical & creative challenges of simulating water effects for Moana (2016)

Moana is one of Disney's most effects-filled animated movies. In this interview, Kyle Odermatt (Visual Effects Supervisor, Disney) and Brian Tong (Senior Editor, Disney) discuss how they met challenges of simulating complex water effects.

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

CAA Careers: Graduating 3rd years - an opportunity to showcase your work!

Calling all 3rd years! 

'It’s Nice That' is excited to launch the tenth edition of The Graduates, its annual showcase of brilliant students graduating from a bachelors/undergraduate or equivalent degree in 2018.

Deadline for entries is 25th June.

Winning graduates will receive...

• an interview on It’s Nice That about your work
• a prime slot on the homepage on our dedicated one-day Graduates takeover 
• a chance to seek helpful advice and guidance from the It’s Nice That team and become part of our network 

Full details can be found HERE

CAA The Supplement / SIGGRAPH 2018 Technical Papers Preview

The SIGGRAPH Technical Papers program is the premier international forum for disseminating new scholarly work in computer graphics and interactive techniques. SIGGRAPH 2018 brings together thousands of professionals in the fields of computer graphics and interactive techniques. The conference takes place 12 - 16 August 2018 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. To learn more visit the website.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Trailer: Suspiria (2018)

And here it is... out with the disco palette and in with something more austere...

Monday, June 04, 2018

Post With The Most 04/06/2018

This is the first PWTM post-GDPR... and in order to comply with the new regulations I sent out an 'opt-in' email for those subscribers wishing to remain on our mailing list - and I deleted everyone else! We've probably lost a few loyal readers in our great data cull, for who amongst us hasn't felt snowed under by all the recent emails asking us to 'opt-in' (and who amongst us hasn't secretly enjoyed the idea of all those endless 'sell-you-stuff' emails just going poof into thin air!). If you didn't find the PWTM in your inbox this time - and you were expecting it, and you want to continue to receive it, please do drop me a line at and I'll sort it.  Similarly, if you're new to the PWTM and you'd like to join our new GDPR-compliant mailing list, then get in touch!

Incredibly, the next edition of the Post With The Most will be our New Designers Special Edition showcasing the final iterations of our final year films as they'll appear on our exhibition stand at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London, in the first week of July.  How very quickly the wheel has turned!  This latest edition is of course a celebration of our students too - enjoy these creative highlights from all three years of Computer Animation Arts at the culmination of the academic year.

Fantastic Voyage is the final project of year one, wherein our new recruits cut their teeth on their first full cgi short film - commissioned by a client - and requiring them to take an idea from script to screen and thus negotiate the entire production pipeline.  It's no small feat, and this year our first years were typically ambitious.  Enjoy these three examples - Frankie Sutton's The Big Jump, which re-imagines the nuts-and-bolts of wind pollination as a Second World War boys-own adventure, Megan Robson's pinball-table themed cardiac cycle, and Annie Robert's 'Art Of' for her Pollination Waltz, which splices the principles of insect pollination with vintage ballroom dancing!

Frankie Sutton

Megan Robson

The Premise project is both an ending and a beginning, for while the project constitutes the final hurrah of Year 2, it also marks the beginning of year three.  Premise requires our year 2 students to develop the foundations for their final year films.  I really enjoyed their recent crit, where we got to see their ideas playing out as first pass animatics and proofs-of-concept, a selection of which I'm sharing here.

Graeme Daly


Storyboard panel / Anastasija Strelcova


It's a strange season for our final year students; after the high-stakes, high-anxiety and high-risk final few days of their respective projects, the actual hand-in and days afterwards are notoriously anti-climatic. At time of writing, our graduates-in-waiting are eyeballing the horizon for the announcement of their final degree awards, while the course team avoids their lazer-sighted eye-contact very assiduously for fear of giving the wrong impression.  Of course the real and lasting value of a university education is not itself enshrined in these students' final submissions - however resolved or otherwise.  The true value of these difficult and provocative three years will likely play out much more slowly; education is rarely an instantaneous transformation, but rather something understood finally after the distance of years.  That said, there are immediate goals met and high-achievements to be celebrated.  Enjoy this small selection of work from the 'Class of 2018' - and be aware for its makers there are still more tweaks, improvements and polishings to be undertaken before the London show. 

Tom Ward

*Dee's When is now a finalist at the SE10 Film Festival - congratulations!

*Some exciting news for Becky's film too, which has made the official selection for the Gold Coast International Film Festival!

Loyal readers of the PWTM will know all about the course's fantastical visualisation of Benjamin Britten's The Young Person's Guide To The OrchestraIn addition to its various screenings alongside live orchestras in France, Germany, Poland, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Slovakia, Red & The Kingdom Of Sound is also taking in a grand tour of international film festivals.  One of our key responsibilities to the project is to use animation to diversify audiences for classical music - to get it in front of as many different types of people as possible, and with official selections in festivals in the United States, Canada, Brazil and Indonesia, Red is doing just that!  It's been a pretty exciting time for the Kingdom production team, collecting our laurels - not resting on them obviously! - and we were particularly thrilled to win 'Best Animated Short' at the Redline International Film Festival!  The making of Red & The Kingdom Of Sound was a proper 'family affair', with CAA's staff, graduates and students combining their efforts to get the job done; that our joint effort is out there garnering the attention of our peers is very satisfying!