Monday, December 09, 2019

FAO CAA Year 1: 'WIM?' Submission Checklist & Final Crit Requirements 13/12/2019


What follows are instructions for your crit presentations and reminders of what you need to present and submit. Any queries, please e-mail and I'll clarify where necessary.

In response to your original concept art you are asked to design your own ‘What if?’ metropolis. You are asked to produce a single rendered image of a digital set derived from original production art. Production design for your metropolis should demonstrate clearly your understanding of the principles and processes of production design and the ways in which environments communicate their visual concept through careful consideration of the mise-en-scène. Your digital set must be textured in accordance with the digital set pipeline and incorporate a fully integrated matte painting. Aspect ratio for final scene should be 16:9 (HD 1920 X 1080). 

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

Important! Your blog must include:

1) Your final scene.

2) Your What If Metropolis 'Art Of' as Scribd document.


3) Your 16:9 concept art for final scene.


4) Your key assets as production art.


5) Your key assets as orthographic design sheets.


6) Your Travelogue – minimum 1000 words.


7) 100 supporting thumbnails (minimum).


8) Your final matte painting and its development.

9) Animated GIFs of your digital paintings/matte paintings in progress.


10) Your influence maps.


11) Supporting Artist/Designer research presented as a Scribd document.


12) Your Production Designer Profile as a Scribd document.



13) Complete reviews of the Space Oddities film programme. Please note – in addition to and support of your own critique, your reviews must include a minimum of 3 quotations from 3 different published reviews + poster art + supporting stills. Please note - Harvard Method must now be used for all quotations and all illustrations to be referenced correctly. Reviews are to include bibliography and illustration list.

14) Your digital set pipeline : Pre-Viz, Wireframe Model, Untextured Model, UV Maps, Texture Maps, Textured Model, Lighting Tests, Rendering Passes (Beauty, Ambient Occlusion, and Effects).


15) Your final submission must include a short reflective statement. A reflective statement is a statement in which the student considers their experience of a project. Reflective statements are used to understand past events, learn lessons and identify best practice.









You will present on crit day from a blog-embedded Scribd document (not your Art Of!) that should, in terms of structure, follow the order of pages as given below.
  1. Title page, giving your name, unit title and date of presentation.
  2. Name of your city.
  3. One short extract from your travelogue (a key description).
  4. Definitive production design influence map.
  5. Final concept art (environment).
  6. Final production art (key assets).
  7. Orthographic drawings (key assets).
  8. Matte painting.
  9. Final WIM render.
  10. Build-up (digital set pipeline)
  11. Final WIM render.
We expect a high level of professionalism from our students, so please give the preparation of your crit presentation the requisite care and attention. Your presentations should be branded, spell-checked and polished. Think creatively about your crit presentation, but don't clog your content with unnecessary typography etc. Avoid complex backgrounds.  Avoid unreadable typefaces.  Your presentation should serve your content sympathetically. Keep it simple - only include what you've been asked to include.

Important: please note, your WIM crit starts at 10am sharp. You need to be in Lecture Theatre 1 by 9.45am.  The order in which you'll be presenting your work will be randomised, which means any one of you may be presenting first!

If circumstances beyond your control prevent you from attending on time, you must contact Hazel Searles before 10am.  Please prepare for your crit as you would for an interview or pitch. For some 'Rough Guide' style advice re. the stuff of engaging crit presentations, please go here.

Important! Please note this is a summative assessment. 









Thursday, December 05, 2019

FAO CAA Year 2: Collaboration Submission










Year 2: Collaboration Submission 12th Dec 2019 (by 10am)

Online submission on your studio blog and your personal blog (by 10am)

1) The animated short.
2) Making of document/presentation (PDF)
3) Up-to-date studio & personal blog

The Presentation (10am - 1pm)

For the presentation please make sure to follow the order below...

1) Play your animated short
2) Give your presentation
3) Answer any questions
4) Recieve feedback

Peer Assessment (1pm)

For assessment, you are asked to complete 'peer assessment' form in which you assess yourself and the other members of your group. This will be done online (via the tutorial website) and be pivate and confidential.

Reflective statement 16th Dec 2019 (by 5pm)

Please write a reflective statement on your personal blog. This text should reflect upon your own contribution to the collaboration. It is important to be analytical, critical, and rewarding in your text to help your assessors understand how you see you work and performance during thi sproject. Please write no less than 200 words. An 'exemplar' example statement (Third year/Minor Project) can be found here.

Film Reviews 13th Dec 2019 (by 5pm)

This submission is online and on your personal blogs. Please create a series of links to the film reviews you have written and posted on your blog. There is no need to repost these. 

Any questions please ask.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

FAO CAA Year 1: The What If? Metropolis OGR - Monday 25th November



Monday 25th November is your second What If? 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. I suggest you save your documents as PDFs before uploading to Scribd, as this should mitigate against formating glitches. Your OGR presentations should be uploaded to your blogs by Monday 25th November. Written feedback will follow as a 'comment' on your OGR post.

WIM OGR - What do you need to present?

1) Definitive influence map.

2) Final 16:9 concept art of your scene.

3) Break-down of your digital set as diagram or plan (i.e. relationship of 3D models to matte painting [what is what?] etc). 

4) Key asset(s) production art (i.e. your principle structure(s), street furniture, vehicles etc.).

5) Key asset(s) as orthographs.

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 (life-drawing/Maya tutorials/Meg's animation exercises etc). Students who use their OGR to manage their weekly tasks in this way manage their workloads more successfully.

Please note: your OGR should be a professionally presented, spell-checked, with an emphasis on graphic design, layout and project branding.


Please use your network of creative partners to ensure everyone is familiar with the OGR requirements.  

You need to think of this second OGR as a 'Pitch'. What you want now is an actual 'Green Light' - to have your designs signed off so you can take your WIMs into Maya.  Put simply, your OGR is out to impress, to convince and to inspire confidence.


  


Monday, October 28, 2019

FAO CAA Yr 1: Invisible Cities 2019 / Submission Checklist & Final Crit Requirements 01/11/2019

What follows are instructions for your crit presentations and reminders of what you need to present and submit on Friday, 1st November. Any queries, please leave a comment and I'll clarify.

A new CG animated adaptation of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities is in pre-production. In response to the source material allocated to you at the briefing, you have been commissioned to produce 3 fully-resolved concept paintings of one of Calvino’s fantastical cities.

You have been asked to visualise your chosen city in three different types of shot:

1) Exterior Establishing Shot
2) Exterior Low Angle Shot
3) Interior Establishing Shot

Your concept paintings should be 16:9 and painted digitally.

You are asked to maintain a comprehensive blog archiving and annotating your creative development for the duration of the project. You should use the blog to reflect critically upon your own creative practise, the wider cultural and thematic context of the project, and engage collaboratively with your creative partners, peers and tutors.

Important! Your blog must include:

1) Your 3 finished concept paintings.

2) Your Invisible Cities 'Art Of' as Scribd document.

3) A minimum of a 100 developmental thumbnails exploring all of Calvino’s cities.

4) Animated GIFs of your digital paintings in progress.

5) Research into your source material presented as a Scribd document.

6) Your influence maps.

7) Your One Point, Two Point & Three Point perspective exercises.

8) Your Concept Artist ‘Who’s Who?’ as a Scribd document.

9) Reviews of the Space Oddities Film programme.  Please note – in addition to and support of your own critique, your reviews must include a minimum of 3 quotations from 3 different published sources + poster art + supporting stills. Please note - Harvard Method must be used for all quotations and all illustrations to be referenced correctly. Reviews are to include bibliography and illustration list.

10) All Digital painting exercises from Photoshop workshops.

11) Your final submission must include a short reflective statement. A reflective statement is a statement in which the student considers their experience of a project. Reflective statements are used to understand past events, learn lessons and identify best practice.

You will present on crit day from a blog-embedded Scribd document that should, in terms of structure, follow the order of slides as given below.
  1. Title page, giving your name, unit title and date of presentation.
  2. The name of your city.
  3. Your definitive 'visual concept' influence map.
  4. Your final exterior establishing shot.
  5. Your build-up sequence of your exterior establishing shot.
  6. Your final exterior low angle shot.
  7. Your build-up sequence of your exterior low angle shot.
  8. Your final interior establishing shot.
  9. Your build-up sequence of your interior establishing shot.
  10. Your three concept paintings together.
We expect a high level of professionalism from CAA students, so please give the preparation of your crit presentation the requisite care and attention. Your presentations should be branded, spell-checked and polished.  Don't clog your content with unnecessary typography etc. Your presentation should serve your content sympathetically.  Sensibly, your Crit Presentation and Art Of should share a visual language - but they're not the same presentation (see examples below).

Keep it simple - only include what you've been asked to include.


Example Crit Presentation




Example Art Of



Important: please note, your Invisible Cities crit starts at 10am sharp.  You need to be in the Lecture Theatre 1 by 9.45am at the latest

Please note: unauthorised non-attendance at a final crit will be counted as a non-submission of work.

Non-submission of work = fail at 0%

The order in which you'll be presenting will be randomised, which means any one of you may be presenting first! 

If circumstances beyond your control* prevent you from attending on time, you must contact Hazel Searles before 10am. Your project management and professionalism counts - there is an assessment criteria against these skills, remember!

FAO CAA Yr 1: Invisible Cities - The Final Push!



So first years you are on the final few days before your first crit presentation and submission!  We know you're very busy and feeling the pinch and we know you're nervous about Friday, but there are things you can do to feel less nervous and take more control!

1) Make sure you're looking at the information we've provided you and you're paying attention to it. The information is there to make your lives easier and your goals crystal-clear.   For your convenience, I'm including here the links to the original post re. your submission requirements, the advice and guidance re. What is an 'Art Of', and the examples of previous student submissions.



You're no doubt worrying about 'your grades' already and fretting about my feedback.  On MyUCA are three examples of feedback forms.  These are the forms you will receive when I've marked your submissions.  If you haven't looked at these forms,  look at them 

nowhttps://myuca.uca.ac.uk/webapps/blackboard/content/listContentEditable.jsp?content_id=_1026130_1&course_id=_68177_1 . 

Or you can find them in a folder on myUCA/Environments/InvisibleCities (scroll down to the bottom of all the resources and you'll find it).  I've included a range of grades: a 'B+', a 'C-' and a Fail.  Please focus on the written feedback - on what I'm saying to the student in relation to what they submitted and how they spent their first five weeks.

Finally, some reassuring words about Friday's presentation: it is not an audition 'X-Factor-style', where you are fighting to stay on the course.  It's your chance to talk about the ideas behind your three paintings and for us to have a chat about those ideas.  You've all presented already (a few times in fact!) and Friday is no different: your biggest voice, banish your inner-monologue, and when in doubt, look at what's on the screen and 'say what you see!'.  It's really important you prepare for your presentations: think about what you're going to say before you say it.  Be strict - stay on message.  If you get stuck, I'll be there to ask a question or two to get the ball-rolling again!

The REALLY important bit of advice is 'avoid the melodrama' - don't spend this week whipping yourselves up into a froth of fear and anxiety on social media; don't feed negativity, don't dramatise your stress - just get ready and give your time and energy to doing the best job you can. 

Sunday, October 27, 2019

FAO CAA Year 1: Invisible Cities 2018 / What Is An 'Art Of'?


As part of your Invisible Cities submission requirements, you're being asked to produce an 'Art Of'. You'll be asked to submit an 'Art Of' document for all your forthcoming projects, so there's no time like the present in terms of getting the hang of them.

Your Art Of is a curated exposition of your pre-production, production and final piece.

curate:

1) to take charge of (a museum) or organize (an art exhibit):
2) to pull together, sift through, and select for presentation

exposition:

1) a comprehensive description and explanation of an idea.

In other words, your Art Of is the 'edited highlights' of all the work you've produced in the working-up and execution of your 3 Invisible Cities paintings.  

You need to create your Art Of with the uninitiated reader in mind; it needs to explain the brief (succinctly), introduce Calvino (succinctly), introduce Invisible Cities (succinctly), and introduce us to your city of choice.  It needs to include a selection of your most striking and successful thumbnails, and the quality of all images in the document needs to be high and of a 'client-facing' standard - so no grubby scans, or poor reproductions or poorly cropped images etc.  Likewise, your spelling, grammar, typography and layout needs to be first-class.  Your Art Of should be able to take its reader from the very beginnings of the project, right through to the final pieces in a way that is logical and engaging. 

Your final paintings should occupy a page each, so we can really look at them.  You should include close-ups of details of your final paintings - so that the reader may take a closer look at your worlds and at your techniques in creating them.  

You should include 'behind-the-scenes' type sequences, in which the reader is shown how you created your final images, so break-downs of compositions and explanations of work-flow.  Your Art Of might be annotated - i.e. you write short descriptions against the various stages.

Be warned - the more you write, the more you have to spell-check and design graphically.  If you write something about your work, you need to think about what you're writing and you need to spell-check and grammar-check accordingly.  Your 'Art Of' is not a diary and should never be negative.  

Your 'Art Of' should be designed in agreement with your content.  Think about how the 'mood' of your chosen city might be incorporated into the overall design of your Art Of  - its layout and colour palette. You are expected to design the cover of your Art Of and everything else.  Be wary of using overly complicated backgrounds which might distract from the work.  Avoid 'shitty typefaces' and think about the way in which you're laying-out your work on each page: no random gapping between multiple images; when in doubt ensure the spaces between your image layouts are the same.

Here are some useful resources to help you in putting together some effective Art Ofs: for a huge range of fonts visit https://www.1001fonts.com - some wonderful examples here that might fit with your Calvino-inspired city perfectly (but use wisely and use sparingly!) and in terms of putting impactful colour-schemes together for the overall look of your documentation, this online colour scheme designer and this one takes some of the guess-work out of successful branding and 'getting the look' - have a play and you'll see what I mean!

Think very carefully about your Art Of and the impression it makes; it is a professional catalogue seeking to present your work in the very best light.  

You should be thinking about your Art Of as of now.  

By way of inspiration and guidance, enjoy this selection of Art Ofs from various student projects from various levels of the degree.  Study them wisely in terms of their design, layouts and exposition of workflow.

Julien Van Wallendael



Richard Vosper-Carey & Sam Hayes





For a few more great examples go here.