Friday, February 27, 2015

FAO CAA Yr 1: Fantastic Voyage OGR 04/03/2015

Wednesday, 4th March is your Fantastic Voyage Online Greenlight Review 

Your OGR is to be presented as a single Scribd presentation on your blog, beginning with your name, date, and project title. Your OGR presentations should be uploaded to your blogs by 9 pm on Wednesday 5th March. Written feedback will follow as a 'comment' on your OGR post.

Fantastic Voyage OGR Part 1: What do you need to present?

  1. Your chosen bioscientific scenario. 
  2. Your chosen audience/supporting market research.
  3. Your 'visual concept' influence maps
  4. Thumbnails/developmental drawings etc. 
In addition, your OGR should evidence that you are up-to-date with your ongoing CG Artist's Toolkit project work (life-drawing/Maya tutorials/Meg's animation exercises etc). Your OGR might include links to the corresponding posts and/or images. Historically, students who use their OGR to manage their weekly tasks in this way manage their workloads more successfully.

Use your social network to ensure everyone has seen this post - much appreciated.

I look forward to some exciting visual concept proposals! 

"Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy." Dale Carnegie

And now some further inspiration of previous student work to get your juices flowing!

'Art Of'

Sebastian Schauman (created as part of the Spectacular Science collaboration with UCA/UoK)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

FAO CAA Year 1: Story & Commission / Soundscape - Blog Submission Criteria 03/03/2015 @ 1pm

This is a reminder that you're submitting your Soundscape project to your blog only on Tuesday 3rd March by 1pm.  Your submission post should be labelled accordingly: Blog submission - Soundscape.  

Your submission post should only include the following:

Your Soundscapes x 3
Your 'Sonic Concept' documentation (i.e. choose a method by which you can best articulate the ideas driving the design of each soundscape as a response to the image that inspired it; it might be a short written statement of intent, a 'word cloud' or text combined with supporting influence maps... Be imaginative and communicative).

For your reference - the requirements of the brief: 

You are asked to produce 3 x 30 second soundscapes in response to the images allocated to you at the briefing, which should demonstrate clearly your understanding of the principles of sound design and the ways in which its careful consideration can enrich time-based narrative structures effectively. 

Important: No pre-recorded SFX or music to be used in the creation of your soundscapes.

You are asked to produce a comprehensive blog archiving and annotating your creative development during the duration of the project. You should use the blog to reflect critically upon your own creative practice and the wider cultural and thematic context of the unit.

Your blog must include:

1) Your three 30 second soundscapes.

2) All original SFX + description.

3) All post-produced SFX + description.

4) Your ‘Sonic Concept’ publication (as Scribd Presentation)

5) Your Sound Designer Profile (as Scribd Presentation)

6) Your creative partnership archived.

7) All Adobe Audition exercises.

Please organise your project work by adding a 'Soundscape' label to all relevant blog posts. This will ensure I'm able to group and segregate your Soundscape submission for purposes of assessment.

Please use your social networks to ensure your classmates have seen this information.  Many thanks.

FAO CAA Yr 1 (& 3rd Years): Meg's Animation Classes in Baseroom / Bring Tablets / Groups 1&2 @ 10am / Groups 3&4 @ 2pm

Just a reminder for CAA Year 1: Meg's animation classes will be in the CAA Baseroom tomorrow - and groups 1&2 both start at 10am and likewise groups 3&4 start at 2pm.  Remember to bring your graphics tablets if you're seeking to work in Flash.

@ Our third years; the base room tomorrow will be chockablock with first years using Flash etc. as part of their workshops with Meg, so I suggest you decamp to an alternate room.  

Use your social networks to ensure everyone has seen this message. Many thanks!

FAO Year 2: Acting Classes

Year 2 Acting Classes

Acting for animation classes will take place in the CAA baseroom on the following dates and in the following groups:

Wednesday 4th,11th,18th March
Wednesday 8th April

Group A (10am)


Group B (2pm)


Have fun everyone!

FAO Year 1 & Year 2: The ISS Survey 205 Needs You!

You are invited to complete the Internal Student Survey (ISS). 

The ISS asks students for a rating of their satisfaction via multiple choice questions for the following areas: 

1) Teaching

2)  Assessment and Feedback

3)  Academic Support

4)  Organisation & management

5)  Learning Resources

6)  Personal Development

7)  Overall satisfaction with the quality of your course

8)  Students’ Union

There are also free-text questions which ask you to feedback on your course and university experience.

Improving the student experience is a key strategy to our development as a University. The survey is crucial to our understanding of what you think about us. It informs us of the things we're doing well and where they need improving. Your feedback is used to improve the student experience. Results become part of formal monitoring processes within the University.  Put simply, UCA takes your feedback via this survey very seriously, so be honest, be constructive, and consider your responses carefully.

Watch this space for more information - in the meantime, please share this notification widely via your social networks - oh, and tell each other about it too!  Many thanks.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

FAO CAA Year 1 (and others!) Tomorrow's Life-Drawing Classes on Lwr 1st

As it's Open Day tomorrow, your respective life-drawing classes will be happening in the studio on the lwr 1st (where you drew Bubbles, the clown).  If you could use your social networks to get the message out that would be great.  Many thanks.