Thursday, April 28, 2016

FAO: CAA First Year. Maya Tutorials

With the year nearly over I thought I would post up a reminder regarding the Maya tutorials that need to be completed. All the videos in the sections below should have evidence of their completion submitted to your blogs. The posts should all have a label of "MayaTutorials" or something similar.

Intro to Maya 2016
Modelling 1:Digital Sets
Lighting & Rendering 1
Texturing & Shading 1
Animation 1
Intro to Pre-Viz
Rigging & Skinning
Modelling 2: HS & Organic

I will start reviewing them on Tuesday so that gives you a long weekend to catch up on the few that you may have missed. Don't forget to double check, tick them off and label them as I would hate to miss some.

Spread the word.

Best of luck for tomorrow,


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

FAO Everyone: Friday 13th May / End Of Term Drinks @ The Golden Lion

I know you're all up against it and will be dreaming of the day when you're done and dusted with your current projects.  A date for your post-hand-in diary then: on Friday, May 13th, let's convene at the unofficial CAA club house - also known as Wetherspoons, Rochester, for some end of term conviviality.  All comers are welcome, including staff, alumni and friends of the course.  We hope to see you there.  Let's get all year groups together and give the academic year a proper send-off. Spread the word! 

FAO CAA Yr 3: The CAA Course Team Wave Their Magic Wand Once More!

This is a message for our hard-working Year 3 students.  We know that Monday, May 2nd is a Bank Holiday, which means the campus is shut.  For this reason we're moving your submission deadline to Tuesday, May 10th. Yes, the course team have waved their magic wand once more in support of your projects - I know, we're amazing.

Submission hand-in / Tuesday May 10th by 7pm

Important: You need to a) create a clearly labeled submission post on your blogs and b) copy your work onto a PC in the baseroom and sign against your name, confirming your submission.

And one more thing: Alan won't be in on Friday 29th April, as he'll be assessing the year 2 Adaptation unit.  Ask your questions now so you can work effectively in his absence.

Please use your social networks to ensure everyone has seen this notification.  Many thanks!

FAO CGAA Year 1: Fantastic Voyage - Final Crit & Submission Checklist & Final Crit Requirements 29/04/2016

What follows are instructions for your crit presentations and reminders of what you need to present and submit. Please ensure that everyone has seen this information and understood it. Any queries, please leave a comment and I'll clarify where necessary.

In response to one of the scenarios presented to you at time of briefing, you are required to produce a complete 3D animation that demonstrates creatively your ability to interpret, transcribe and represent complex ideas in engaging and dynamic ways. Your final animation should demonstrate clearly your creative methodology as established by your Year 1 curriculum, i.e. pre-production (production design and art direction via concept art and the structuring of time-based narratives via storyboarding and pre-visualisations), production (modelling, UV layout, texturing & lighting, and animation), and post-production (compositing, digital editing, sound design, publication and promotion).

Format Requirements

• PAL 25fps
• 16:9 ratio
• Mpeg or Avi

Please note: only royalty-free music is to be used and voice-overs must be professionally produced The use of inappropriate formats and codecs may result in viewing problems. 

You are required to produce a deluxe ‘Making Of’ publication showcasing your creative methodology. Your ‘making of’ should provide a complete record of your project work and should include your research and development, supporting concept art, storyboards, a ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at your models and animation - from wire-frame through to finished renders – and your sound-design and post-production. Your ‘Making Of’ should be designed graphically, engagingly and presented professionally. 

You are asked to produce a comprehensive blog archiving and annotating your creative development during 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 animation
2) Your ‘Making Of’ publication (as Scribd Presentation)
3) Your Pitch presentation (as Scribd Presentation)
4) CG Pre-vis
5) Animatic
6) Final storyboard
7) Final script
8) Concept art (16:9)

9) Final Production art (16:9)
10) Matte paintings (if applicable)
11) Final textures (and development).
12) Your sound design archive: (Original SFX/Processed SFX)
13) Your cg pipeline;

Wireframe Models, Untextured Models, UV Maps, Texture Maps, Textured Models, Lighting Tests, Rendering Passes (Beauty, Ambient, Occlusion, and Effects),

14) All supporting artwork (thumbnails, preparatory drawings etc.)
15) Supporting research/Influence maps
16) Market/audience research
17) Your Cutting Edge film reviews

On crit day, you will present your final animation onlyOn this day, it’s all about the animation.

Important: please note, your Fantastic Voyage crit starts at 10am sharp in Lecture Theatre 1. 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 Natalie Holmes before 10am.  Lecture Theatre 1 will be open at 9am. Students should seek to arrive in advance of the start time to ensure they are prepared. Your project management and professionalism counts. 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.

And finally...


And a note to any 2nd/3rd years - your input on crit day, as always, is welcome.

*But not issues in regard to last-minute technical problems that reflect poor project management. No student should be rendering etc. on the morning of crit day. Thursday is your deadline, not Friday.

Monday, April 25, 2016

FAO CAA Yr 3: New Designers Meeting / Monday 23rd May @ 10am / Baseroom

I've had a few enquiries from hard-at-it third years in regards to a 'good week' post-hand-in to take a well-earned rest before revving up once more for the creative marathon known as 'New Designers 2016'.  What you do after the 9th is up to you, but there will be a New Designers meeting on Monday 23rd May at 10am in the CAA Baseroom, which will the next time post-hand-in I'll want to see you all together again - refreshed and ready to get stuck into phase 2!

Another question I've been asked is 'How much money do I need to put by for my ND16 contribution?'  The answer none of you have been looking forward to is £155...

I'll be setting up a payment slot at the UCA Online Store, which is where you can pay your £155.  I'll announce when the Store is open for business here on the group blog in the next few days. The deadline for making this payment will be Friday, June 3rd.

FAO CAA Yr 1: Year 2 Study Abroad Option

At UCA we offer you the opportunity to study abroad as a fully recognised and accredited part of your degree course. We have strong collaborative links with partner institutions worldwide... Take a look at the presentation below, and if you want to enquire further email