Thursday, December 13, 2012

The CGAA Zoetrope Show 2012

At times, the many challenging technological processes standing between the student of animation and 'animation' itself can obscure the simple innate joy of 'making things move'.  Not so on Wednesday morning, when animation lecturer Meg Bisineer and CGAA year one took to the stage of lecture theatre 1 to celebrate the culmination of their animation classes thus far.  In what can only be described as a technological mash-up, our students viewed their festive-themed animation loops via zoetrope, ipad and projector.  The resulting animations will feature on the group blog soon, but until then, enjoy the photographs of our first CGAA Zoetrope Show as taken by our Artist-in-Residence, Tom Beg and our GTA, Jordan Buckner.

When I first saw these images, I experienced an honest-to-God rush of happiness.  Moments of sheer magic are captured here!  Indeed, some of these images remind me of the paintings of Joseph Wright of Derby, in which enchanted faces are similarly illuminated by wondrous technology.  By all accounts it was a great session - fun, festive and refreshingly immediate - and I for one can't wait to see the loops in action.

Well done everyone - magical moments - and many thanks to Tom and Jordan for the photography, and let's hear it once again for new animator-of-note Jackie Hagan, who is much more to us on CGAA than the 'nice lady who bakes/knits'! 




























11 comments:

  1. Thanks for that Phil! For that commendation, you'll get an extra cookie tomorrow! ;)

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  2. Amazing I look like the tutor, congratulating Meg on her work ;)

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    1. thanks Tutor George.. I really enjoyed that amazing zoetrope exercise you got us to do!

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  3. Hmmm 'TutorGeorge' - has a nice ring to it... actually, I've got 50+ Year 2 essays to mark over Christmas - perhaps I could give you some, George - they're about 2,500 words long - you know, for the experience ;)

    @ Jackie - crikey, I had about half a dozen today! Not complaining though! :)

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    1. Sure, although I'd just pass them all give them a happy xmas :D

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  4. The animations were so great.

    Also the Zoetrope>Ipad>Projector system was like something from The Matrix.

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  5. Thanks Tom, Jordan and Andriana for being there and giving your valuable feedback. It was magical seeing everyones animations come alive. Very proud of CGAA year 1!

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    1. hey Meg - I LOVE that image of you just peeping over the top of the zoetrope - it's perfect! :)

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    2. Yes, I love that one too! So funny....:D

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    3. Yes thats a funny picture! I think those zoetropes should come with step ladders :)

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  6. Really enjoyed the day. It was a fresh change from CG :)

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